The 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.
Early-stage startups and entrepreneurs are now able to apply for the accelerator programme, focusing on business model validation and acquiring first customers, in the following countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.
You can also apply if you are located in any of these regions: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Moldova or Montenegro.
The accelerator offers workshops, mentors, coaches and pitch training and also financial support (from €15,000 to €25,000 for stage 2) to further develop your business.
The EIT Regional Innovation Scheme
Since 2014, Climate-KIC has piloted activities in Estonia, Portugal, Romania and Slovenia, focusing on professional education and acceleration as part of EIT RIS. The scheme has now widened to include regions in Serbia, Cyprus, Latvia, Malta, Bulgaria and a new Portuguese consortium.
The scheme helps regions kick start low-carbon innovation locally and significantly boost their capacity to implement the highest impact ideas. It also allows regions to access Climate-KIC’s mobility funding to ensure that students, researchers, teaching staff and entrepreneurs have the opportunity to participate in the organisation’s activities around Europe.