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To provide experts, formulate business plans, develop entrepreneurial skills & provide funding. 3 start-up stages: fundamentals €20k, validation €25k, delivery €50K.

Up to 95K - Euros (no match funding required).

Sectors are varied but the start-up needs to have a ‘breakthrough idea related to new technology with a substantial climate impact’.
Rolling fund with biennial deadlines.

For start-ups with potential for products or services to be delivered to the first client in about 12-18 months.


Climate-KIC Accelerator: where great ideas grow into great businesses


Technology start-ups seldom fail on technology, they fail on commercialisation. Climate-KIC Accelerator is the only EU acceleration programme focused on climate impact by cleantech commercialisation.


In three stages, our 18-month program brings you the knowledge, resources, tools and the coaching a cleantech start-up needs for success. We’ll let you in on all the secrets of achieving global domination in your chosen market niche.


Stage 1: Fundamentals 

Find your market niche, develop a financial model and figure out how to make money and scale your business. Depending on where you follow this program, this stage comes with a grant of up to € 20,000*.


Stage 2: Validation

Are you solving real customer problems? Talk to customers and verify your business assumptions. The grants in Stage 2 are meant to cover your travel costs and could add up to € 25,000*.


Stage 3: Delivery 

Get your business ready for take-off. Find launching customers, development partners or investors. Form partnerships that make you grow fast. This final stage, you may get up to € 50,000.


Ready to fast-track your business?

Climate-KIC Accelerator is the world’s first real-life business school for cleantech entrepreneurs. You learn whilst building your business better. You get great education, intensive coaching, substantial financial support and access to an extensive relevant international network.


Every year, Climate-KIC Accelerator supports over 150 start-ups in Europe, and this number is still growing. Have a look at our start-ups and see how you compare:


How to apply?

Participants need to have a breakthrough idea with a substantial impact on climate change. Still in doubt if entrepreneurship is your life calling? You may want to check out our pre-incubation programme first. You need to be extremely motivated, because being a start-up is hard work. We expect your full commitment. Convinced and dedicated to achieve global success? Then we would love to hear from you.


Climate-KIC Accelerator is run from all our main locations: Austria, France, Germanythe Netherlands, Nordics, Spain, Switzerland and the UK & Ireland, where the programme runs in London, Birmingham, Dublin and Edinburgh. Our Regional Innovation Centres have also started to offer acceleration activities: Central Hungary, Lower Silesia (Poland), Emilia Romagna (Italy). * Grants and terms may slightly differ per location due to local regulations.


The Climate-KIC Accelerator is now accepting applications from startups in even more countries thanks to the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS). If your country isn’t listed above, find out more here >>


You can attend in any country, yet bear in mind that you need to be able to frequently attend the Climate-KIC centre that you apply in!

further support please call the growth hub team on 01293 305965

Malcolm Brabon

Head of Services

Lou Williams

Growth Manager

Matthew Heath

Growth Grant Project Manager

Ryan Davies

Growth Relationship Team Leader

Jonathan Alderman

Business Analyst

Andrew Kerry-Bedell

Growth Adviser

Richard Butcher

Growth Adviser

Carolyn Bentley

Growth Adviser

Luke West

Business Growth Executive

Taygan Paxton

Growth Coordinator

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