Growers For Change - Climate-KIC Accelerator

Deadline: As soon as possible


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  • Italy
  • Online


The Climate-KIC Accelerator was founded in 2010, with the aim of supporting early-stage clean-tech startups through the first steps and critical phases of their business. Over the last nine years, the EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator Programme has supported early-stage climate positive ventures in 32 locations across Europe along with 33 Climate-KIC partners. The Programme has supported over 2000 start-ups going through the technological and commercial valley of death helping them to mature into scalable businesses. Growers For Change is proud to be part of Climate-KIC as an Open Accelerator leading the Italian Chapter of the ClimAccelerator, this partnership will give more strength to our acceleration programs and help our startups to implement the best practices needed to have success when developing a Climate Positive Project.


EIT Climate-KICs 10-year track record in climate innovation

  • +2000 Startups - Over 2000 Climate Positive startups accelerated 
  • +€2 bln Funding - Over €2Bln of Investments attracted for Startups
  • +54000 Education - Over 50.000 participants in our Education Activities
  • +3600 Jobs - Over 3000 Jobs created since the start of the program in 2010

EIT Climate-KICs 3 Stages of Acceleration

  • Stage 1 - Business Model Development
    • The first stage of the ClimAccelerator is intended to help early-stage startups refine and develop their specific USP and business model. Here the first prototype is finalised and assistance is provided to obtain industry feedback. This stage critically provides access to more mature startups in later stages of the Accelerator as well as to expert coaching, 1-2-1 mentoring and workshops and the Climate-KIC European contacts network and events.
  • Stage 2 - Customer Traction
    • The second stage of the ClimAccelerator helps move startups with a well-formulated business model to the next phase: validation and customer acquisition. Team focus on acquiring their first clients and an iterative process of business model validation whilst receiving continuing support from experts and mentors and participating to activities and workshops. These more mature startups will be able to display their ventures in several internal and external events, growing their individual network. 
  • Stage 3 - Investor Readiness
    • The third and final stage of the ClimAccelerator prepares businesses for future investment rounds and scaling. Teams get continued access to all spaces, events and coaching sessions. Startups in this stage of the programme are supported in preparation for negotiations with potential investors and partners and can tap into a huge network of investor contacts and partners.


  1. If you have an idea, or a startup or a scale-up and you get selected for our program our team will help you to take it to the next level. we will help you on your business strategy, go-to-market and pitch.
  2. The  Pitch is sent to our network of Private Investors, Venture Capitalist, Family Offices or is used to participate into Government Programs. 
  3. You will present your project during our Investor Day in front of Selected Investors who have showed interest for your company or sector.

Opportunity is About


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate


  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Digital Tech applied to Green
  • Renewable Energy
  • Smart Mobility
  • VR
  • Air Purification
  • Hemp
  • Sustainable Food
  • Circular Economy


Deadline: As soon as possible

Cost/funding for participants

The 4-weeks Intensive program:

  • 24 hours live coaching including Q&A
  • Online Resources
  • Work on specific aspects of your Startup
  • Individual track
  • 1:1 Virtual Meetings (Office hours with coaches)
  • Coaches are available 24/7
  • Introduction to investors and possible partners for qualifying startups.
  • A list of perks with deals up to $1,000,000 for your startup project.
  • Final Pitch with an Investor Panel 
  • Enter our community and you can pitch to all our events (in-person or virtual).


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