We support innovation, whatever its source: from large corporations, research institutes and public bodies through to start-ups and individual entrepreneurs.
Our incubator programme, Accelerator, gives structure and assistance to start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Through initiatives like our 24-hour hackathon Climathon, or our cleantech ideas platform Climate Launchpad, we encourage fresh new thinking from beyond the mainstream to build a movement of climate action.
Explore our ideas competitions Climate Launchpad and Climathon, and business incubation programmes Greenhouse and Accelerator below.
Or invest in climate change start-ups that will change our world.
Successful innovation starts with a good idea
Our ideation and open innovation programmes help create the conditions to fuel inspiration, garner fresh thinking, raise visibility for or promote engagement with a climate challenge. We help innovation teams identify and define ideas, offer support in putting together a network of partners, and provide seed funding to get things moving.
- ClimateLaunchpad is the world’s largest green business idea competition. Its mission is to unlock the world’s cleantech potential that addresses climate change. Each year the competition creates a stage for over 1,000 ideas to flourish, with partners in 35+ countries offering training, coaching, and financial support.
- Climathon is a global 24-hour climate change hackathon that takes place simultaneously in major cities around the world every year. It attracts innovators, entrepreneurs, students and professionals to come together to create innovative solutions to climate challenges.
Develop your business idea while studying
The Greenhouse is a pre-incubation programme aimed at EIT Climate-KIC students and budding entrepreneurs with a climate business idea and the motivation to make it happen.
Got an idea? EIT Climate-KIC offers a special pre-incubation programme, the Greenhouse, to starting entrepreneurs who have a climate business idea and the motivation to make it happen in the future – but are not fully ready yet.
You will find tailored workshops, a community of climate entrepreneurs, and the support to further develop your idea and create or improve your business plan. The Greenhouse includes up to six months support, €2500 in seed funding and a full range of support services hosted in 12 cities around Europe – one in Germany and Switzerland.
Start with us today and join our pre-incubator programme!
Seed-funded rapid business incubation
If ideation is the inspiration, then perspiration – the hard work of refining and developing a climate product or service – is what comes next.
Our unique startup Accelerator programme offers structured business and commercial support to European start-ups in the new climate economy. It is a real-world business school for entrepreneurs with rapid development for maximum climate impact, transforming great ideas into successful climate-positive businesses.
The Accelerator programme offers coaching, training, technology validation and office space in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and other countries across Europe.
Selected start-ups benefit from up to €95,000 in seed funding — financial support with no equity taken — exposure to customers, partners and investors as well as access to an extensive relevant international network.