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EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) Edition
June - November 2018
The EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator is the only EU accelerator programme focused on climate impact by cleantech commercialisation - now coming to more countries across Europe.
Get access to an extensive international network, great education, intensive coaching and substantial financial support.
This edition of our start-up Accelerator is open for applications for start-ups in our EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) countries:
• Bulgaria • Cyprus • Estonia
• Latvia • Malta • Portugal
• Romania • Serbia • Slovenia
You can also apply if you from one of the following countries, but you have to make sure that you can attend all compulsory programme components in one of the above nine countries: Croatia, Greece, Lithuania, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro.
EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator: where great ideas grow into great businesses
What is in it for you?
Expert coaching, pitch training and workshops
Mentoring and networking
Financial support up to 50,000 EUR per team (depending on stage)
Access to Climate-KIC partners and network
The EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) is Climate-KIC's outreach programme to increase the innovation capacity of European regions that don’t yet benefit directly from the EIT and its Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs).
The programme connects Climate-KIC with selected partnerships from business, higher education and research, as well as regional policy-makers, public entities and other stakeholders to spur innovation in Europe.
About EIT RIS
EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator is Europe’s largest cleantech accelerator for early stage startups. It is focused upon getting startups ready for their first investors and customers and helps them scale their business.
What is it all about?
Who we are looking for
We are looking for innovators with breakthrough ideas to counter climate change. If you are an early-stage startup (up to three years) or you are working as a team and want to create a startup based around a new technology or service with high potential for both commercial viability and climate impact, then this is the right place for you!
The Start-up Journey
The journey to an investible and scalable startup takes you through three stages, each with a special focus.
The first stage of the Accelerator is intended to help early-stage Startups refine and develop their specific USP and business model. Here the first prototype can be finalised and assistance is provided to obtain industry feedback. Startups at this stage will receive support services and grants up to 20,000 EUR.
Stage 1: Business Model Development
Stage 2: Business Model Validation & First Customers
The second stage of the Accelerator builds on the first stage and helps move startups with a well-formulated business model to the next phase: validation and customer acquisition. Here again startups have access to grants and services but also funds to cover other materials that are required to help develop the business. Teams can now focus on acquiring their first customers and an iterative process of business model validation whilst receiving continuing support from expert coaches and mentors and participating in programme activities and workshops. Startups at this stage will receive support services and grants up to 25,000 EUR.
Stage 3: Onwards to Investment and Scaling
The third and final stage of the Accelerator aims to prepare fully-fledged startups for a future of investment rounds and scaling. Teams get continued access to workshops, trainings, coaching and mentoring. Startups in this stage of the programme are supported in preparation for negotiations with potential investors and partners and can tap into a network of investor contacts and partners.
Startups at this stage can receive support services and grants up to 50,000 EUR.
Climate-KIC is the EU’s largest public private partnership
addressing climate change through innovation
to build a zero carbon economy .
We address climate change across four priority themes:
urban areas, land use, production systems,
decision metrics and finance.
Education is at the heart of these themes to
inspire and empower the next generation of climate leaders .
Climate-KIC is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.