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The Climate-KIC Accelerator is Europe's largest cleantech accelerator, with a focus on positive climate impact. Climate-KIC offers startups an 18 month programme over 3 stages to help grow your cleantech idea into a great business.

Accelerator Benefits


Financial support up to 95.000 €

No equity taken

Coaching, Mentoring and Peer-to-Peer learning

Exposure to customers, partners and investors

Five locations: Berlin, Munich, 
Frankfurt, Vienna, Zurich

Access to an extensive relevant international network
900
Startups Accelerated
300m
Euros in Funding Raised
220
Rounds of Follow on Investment
Since 2010 as of 31.12.2016

Accelerator Overview

Your journey to an investible and scalable startup takes you through three stages, each taking 6 months and with a special focus. All startups are eligible to attend our Bootcamp, Demo Day, Investors Dinner and Master Classes events that take place throughout the programme and have access to Climate-KIC’s Europe-wide network of alumni, contacts, events and social media. Notable events include the national and European Venture Competition and the annual Climate-KIC Innovation Festival.

Stage One

Business Model Development

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. 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, the Climate-KIC European contacts network and events.

6 months | 20.000 €
Stage Two

Customer Traction

The second stage of the Accelerator helps move startups with a well-formulated business model to the next phase: validation and customer acquisition. 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. These more mature startups will be able to display their ventures in several internal and external showcase events growing their individual network.

6 months | 25.000 €
Stage three

Investment Readiness

The third and final stage of the Accelerator prepares businesses for a future of investment rounds and scaling. Teams get continued access to our office and meeting spaces, as well as to all events, coaching, mentoring and workshops. 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.

6 months | 50.000 €
Stage One

Business Model Development

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. 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, the Climate-KIC European contacts network and events.

6 months | 20.000 €
Stage Two

Customer Traction

The second stage of the Accelerator helps move startups with a well-formulated business model to the next phase: validation and customer acquisition. 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. These more mature startups will be able to display their ventures in several internal and external showcase events growing their individual network.

6 months | 25.000 €
Stage three

Investment Readiness

The third and final stage of the Accelerator prepares businesses for a future of investment rounds and scaling. Teams get continued access to our office and meeting spaces, as well as to all events, coaching, mentoring and workshops. 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.

6 months | 50.000 €

Our Key Events

Besides the regular events in the five locations we offer at least three main occasions where startups come together and have a chance to exchange experiences, promote themselves beyond their local ecosystems and make valuable connections.

Boot Camp

The Bootcamp is where all the new programme intake spends an intensive two days together in inspirational talks and workshops. This includes business training, climate topics, establishing contacts and plans for the next 6 months and an introduction to the Accelerator. The content is designed specifically to meet the needs of the startups at their different phases of development.

Demo Day

The demo day is the big annual showcase event for Climate-KIC startups. Every September the best startups from all five locations get to display their businesses in an exclusive booth and to pitch it to upwards of 150 attendees on stage. The afternoon concludes with a BBQ and drinks to allow conversations to continue well into the evening. You will get the chance to mingle with and learn from the founders of our most successful alumni startups and the Berlin ecosystem.

Investor Dinner

The investor dinner is an annual event where the very best current and alumni teams can present their businesses to an exclusive group of investors from across Europe. Because the evening is limited to a select number of individually invited clean-tech investors this format allows for a very personal engagement and in depth discussion with potential funders.

Locations

Berlin

The Green Garage located in central Berlin provides office, workshop and meeting space. The startup scene in Berlin is world-renowned and innovation in clean-tech and energy verticals are particularly prominent.

Cassi Welling
Accelerator Manager

+49 (0) 30 700 942 815
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Vienna

As 7th biggest city in the EU and gateway to Central and Eastern Europa, Vienna is among the top 10 European start-up hubs. With its focus on research (200,000 students and 21 universities) the city is a particularly good location for high-tech startups.

Johannes Naimer-Stach
Accelerator Manager

+43 (0) 67 650 522 84
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Zurich

In the heart of Europe, Zurich awaits you with a small but buzzing start-up ecosystem with strong internationalization capabilities. Next to an increasing FinTech scene, Switzerland’s world-famous technical Universities such as ETH (Zurich) or EPFL (Lausanne) produce high-potential Spin-Off’s on a weekly basis. Be where innovation happens!

Renato Galli
Accelerator Manager

+41 (0) 44 551 0236
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Frankfurt

Operated by Provadis Hochschule based in one of the largest industrial sites in Europe, startups can easily get in touch with potential customers and investors. The location is ideal for entrepreneurial activities in the field of industry solutions such as energy and waste. It particularly offers access to chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

Bernd Winters
Accelerator Manager

+49 (0) 69 305 2269
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Munich

Operated by UnternehmerTUM, startups have access to an established industry and investor network as well as the opportunity to be part of XPRENEURS. The facilities are particularly suited for startups in the high-tech and hardware space. Co-working space and additional services can be provided on a per-case-basis.

Daniel Grassinger
Head of Operations

+49 (0) 89 189 469 1621
write mail

Berlin

The Green Garage located in central Berlin provides office, workshop and meeting space. The startup scene in Berlin is world-renowned and innovation in clean-tech and energy verticals are particularly prominent.

Cassi Welling
Accelerator Manager

+49 (0) 30 700 942 815
write mail

Vienna

As 7th biggest city in the EU and gateway to Central and Eastern Europa, Vienna is among the top 10 European start-up hubs. With its focus on research (200,000 students and 21 universities) the city is a particularly good location for high-tech startups.

Johannes Naimer-Stach
Accelerator Manager

+43 (0) 67 650 522 84
write mail

Zurich

In the heart of Europe, Zurich awaits you with a small but buzzing start-up ecosystem with strong internationalization capabilities. Next to an increasing FinTech scene, Switzerland’s world-famous technical Universities such as ETH (Zurich) or EPFL (Lausanne) produce high-potential Spin-Off’s on a weekly basis. Be where innovation happens!

Renato Galli
Accelerator Manager

+41 (0) 44 551 0236
write mail

Frankfurt

Operated by Provadis Hochschule based in one of the largest industrial sites in Europe, startups can easily get in touch with potential customers and investors. The location is ideal for entrepreneurial activities in the field of industry solutions such as energy and waste. It particularly offers access to chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

Bernd Winters
Accelerator Manager

+49 (0) 69 305 2269
write mail

Munich

Operated by UnternehmerTUM, startups have access to an established industry and investor network as well as the opportunity to be part of XPRENEURS. The facilities are particularly suited for startups in the high-tech and hardware space. Co-working space and additional services can be provided on a per-case-basis.

Daniel Grassinger
Head of Operations

+49 (0) 89 189 469 1621
write mail

How to Apply

Your path into the Climate-KIC Accelerator starts with an online application. Convince our experts and we will invite you to a pitch day in your chosen location where you can present your business and answer questions from a jury made up of researchers, investors and experts from inside and outside of Climate-KIC. Applications open every 6 months with the actual programme starting at the beginning of April and October

Application Flow

Applications are now open!

13/08/2017 23:59

Application deadline

04/09 - 08/09/2017

Pitch Days

04/10/2017

Start Winter Batch 2017

  

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Who we are looking for


New technology or service with both commercial viability and climate impact

Less than two years since incorporation or less than three years for stages 2/3

Minimum two co-founders committed to working full-time on this venture

Meet the Teams

Since 2010 Climate-KIC has supported startups from a broad range of industries that integrate a positive impact on climate-change into their business models. Their success gives us confidence that our system is working.

Carbon Delta

emmy

ecoligo

Green City Solutions

Lilium

tado°

Thermondo

see current teams

  • An accelerator can be a central component of building a network that helps startups open doors and connect with people in order to find the right support and partners Martin Baart, Ecoligo
  • Every two weeks at the Green Garage, we learn about different themes that are extremely important to founders, for example KPIs, investment structures, pitching skills Melina Muñoz, Pendula
  • I really love the inspiring and motivating atmosphere in the program. Having people around which have awesome visions to improve our environment with their innovative ideas is just great. Felix Harteneck, ParkHere
  • Being in the Climate-KIC accelerator allows us to focus on what truly matters. Our coaches and mentors help us in identifying our milestones and setting up a roadmap to reach them. Sebastian Dominguez, Caala