EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator: where great ideas grow into great businesses
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 • Greece
• Latvia • Malta • Portugal • Lithuania
• Romania • Serbia • Slovenia • Croatia
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.
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 five years since incorporation and minimum two founders) 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.
1 Febraury 2019: Application deadline
4-28 February 2019: Live pitches for selection into programme
1-31 March 2019: Contracting period
1 April 2019: Accelerator batch kicks off
May 2019: International Bootcamp (compulsory attendance)
30 September 2019: Accelerator batch ends
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 10,000 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 15,000 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.