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


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Location (s):

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom


The Climate-KIC Accelerator is the only EU accelerator programme focused on climate impact by cleantech commercialisation - now coming to more regions across Europe! Get access to an extensive international network, great education, intensive coaching, and substantial financial support.


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, Germany, the 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!

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Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

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Support and services provided:

  • Coaching and mentoring for the development of the project
  • Boot camps and workshops targeted to support the further development of the business
  • Grant support amounting up to a maximum of €60,000 per start-up / project (maximum of grants available per team vary by location. Minimum amount per team is €15,000).
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