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ClimAccelerator is a global programme for start-ups to innovate, catalyse and scale the potential of their climate solutions. Our goal is to enable accelerators, incubators, innovation hubs, or any Entrepreneurship Support Organisation to run ClimAccelerators effectively. Together, we can work as a collective of actors to support entrepreneurship that tackles climate change

In the pursuit of urgent and transformative climate action, EIT Climate-KIC extends a warm invitation to visionary partners who share our commitment to reshaping the trajectory of our planet’s future. We are looking for new EIT Climate-KIC partners to collaborate with us on the ClimAccelerator programme in Europe and Asia. The deadline to apply the Expression of Interest for ClimAccelerator Organisers is14 September 2024. 

For European Partners

European partners must operate within one of the following countries: the Member States (MS) of the European Union including their outermost regions, or third countries associated to Horizon Europe (the detailed list can be found here)

For more information, join one of our info sessions:
➢ 15 July 2024, 12.00-13.00 (CEST) Register here
➢ 29 August 2024, 14.00-15.00 (CEST) Register here

View Call Document Apply Here

 

 

For Asian Partners

Asian partners must operate within one of the following countries/regions: Japan, South Korea , Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos, Nepal, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Australia, Indonesia, Hong Kong.

For more information, join one of our info sessions:
➢ 15 July 2024, 8.30-9.30 (CEST) Register here
➢ 29 August 2024, 8.30-9.30 (CEST) Register here

View Call Document Apply Here

 

Programme Benefits

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  • Tailored Tools: Our open-sourced ‘Operating System’ provides everything you need to successfully run your own ClimAccelerator, including management tools, content, coaching and mentoring networks, and more.
  • Climate Impact: We’ve developed a Climate Impact Framework that presents climate impact indicators alongside financial key performance indicators, allowing start-ups to assess and validate their credibility and business potential.
  • Financial Support: No direct funding or grants, but we offer access to exclusive fundraising and investment opportunities and many ClimAccelerators are eligible for grant funding from external sponsors.
  • Global Network: Join the EIT Climate-KIC Community of 400+ organisations across the globe working to drive a net-zero carbon transition.
  • Narrative: Branding and communication materials for fundraising and positioning. Your accelerator becomes part of a bigger story powered by a globally recognised brand, in affiliation with the EU and EIT Climate-KIC.

ClimAccelerator Themes

Agriculture

Agriculture stands at the frontline of climate impact and adaptation, where innovation is not just necessary but imperative. This thematic initiative underscores the urgent need to reimagine agricultural practices in the context of a changing climate. Agriculture is not only essential for feeding the world's growing population but also plays a critical role in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, preserving biodiversity, and enhancing ecosystem resilience. Within this theme, various subsectors emerge as focal points for innovation and adaptation.

Blue Economy

This thematic initiative highlights the urgent need to harness the potential of marine and aquatic resources responsibly, ensuring their preservation for future generations. The blue economy is crucial not only for supporting livelihoods and food security but also for its role in mitigating climate change, protecting marine biodiversity, and enhancing ecosystem resilience. Within this theme, several sub-sectors stand out as key areas for innovation and sustainable development.

Industrial Decarbonisation

Industrial decarbonisation involves reducing carbon emissions across all sectors of society, from energy production to transportation, industry, and beyond. At its core, this theme means climate change mitigation (vs adaptation or biodiversity), and we break down decarbonisation into three areas where interesting technologies can flourish.

FAQ

What is the purpose of this Call for Expression of Interest?

The purpose of this Call for Expression of Interest is to find partners who can collaborate with us to run the ClimAccelerator programme across Europe and Asia. We are seeking experienced organizations that can help us scale the programme in these regions 

Who are we looking for as partners?

We are looking for organizations such as accelerators, incubators, innovation hubs, and other entities with expertise in supporting startups and a strong focus on climate innovation. Ideal partners should have a solid track record in managing similar programmes and a network of relevant stakeholders. 

Can organisations apply as a consortium?

Yes, organizstions are welcome to apply as a consortium. In such cases, the application should clearly outline the roles and responsibilities of each consortium member and demand owners and how they will collaborate/contribute to deliver the ClimAccelerator programme. 

What are the main themes for this round?

Our mission is to establish unparalleled prominence by building the world’s foremost climate-focused accelerators. For this Expression of Interest round, we have selected three thematic areas for our partners: Agriculture, Blue Economy & Industrial Decarbonisation. Please see above for more information. 

Where to organise and run the ClimAccelerator?

Various organisations ask us about which countries they can include in their ClimAccelerator. 

For applicants in Asia, applicants must operate within one of the below countries: 

Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos, Nepal, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Australia, Indonesia, Hong Kong 

For applicants in Europe, applicants must operate within one of the below countries 

– The Member States (MS) of the European Union (EU) including their outermost regions. 

– Third countries associated to Horizon Europe here 

What are the main responsibilities of a ClimAccelerator partner?

ClimAccelerator partners will be responsible for: 

  • Integrate the ClimAccelerator branding in your materials-Specific templates & Guidelines are offered! 
  • Use as much of the 3-stage model DNA as possible. Please see below for more information 
  • Offer a standalone programme with a unique Name and Scope/Theme ( i.e. Rural Spain ClimAccelerator) 
  • Timeline: ClimAccelerator organizers are expected to commence in the Q3/Q4 of this year 
  • Start-ups: Support a minimum of 7 startups per programme/batch, to deliver climate-positive impact at scale. The startups must be incorporated & registered in your country 
  • Climate Impact: Report clear climate impact calculations from all supported start-ups (Climate Impact Hypothesis) 
  • Reporting: Share core data about the cohort & feedback about the programme! 

 

What support will partners receive from the ClimAccelerator team?

  • Tailored Tools: Our open-sourced ‘Operating System’ provides everything you need to successfully run your own ClimAccelerator, including management tools, content, coaching and mentoring networks, and more. 
  • Climate Impact: We’ve developed a Climate Impact Framework that presents climate impact indicators alongside financial key performance indicators, allowing start-ups to assess and validate their credibility and business potential. 
  • Financial Support: No direct funding or grants, but we offer access to exclusive fundraising and investment opportunities and many ClimAccelerators are eligible for grant funding from external sponsors. 
  • Global Network: Join the EIT Climate-KIC Community of 400+ organisations across the globe working to drive a net-zero carbon transition. 
  • Narrative: Branding and communication materials for fundraising and positioning. Your accelerator becomes part of a bigger story powered by a globally recognised brand, in affiliation with the EU and EIT Climate-KIC. 

Does EIT Climate-KIC provide financial support to partner organisations?

No, for this year, the ClimAccelerator does not provide financial support to partner organizations. However, selected partners will receive access to a range of resources, networking opportunities, and support from the ClimAccelerator team to effectively run the program. We are committed to ensuring that our partners have the necessary support to deliver a successful ClimAccelerator program. 

What is the ideal profile of the start-ups?

The ClimAccelerator will support startups that focus on innovative solutions to climate change. The startups need to be officially incorporated prior to the beginning of the programme. Additionally, EIT Climate-KIC and the partner will decide on specific selection criteria (such as Technology and Business Readiness Levels) based on the challenge and the needs of the programme, in each case separately.  

What criteria will be used to evaluate applications?

Excellence: Clarity and pertinence of the objectives, and the extent to which the proposed work is ambitious, and goes beyond the state of the art. 

Impact: Credibility of the pathways to achieve the expected outcomes and impacts 

Uniqueness: The specific added value of the programme 

Climate-KIC portfolio strategic fit: The evaluation of how well the proposed program aligns with and 

supports the strategic goals and objectives of the Climate-KIC portfolio 

Financial Sustainability: Capacity to cover expenses, allocate resources effectively, and demonstrate financial preparedness for sustainable implementation. 

When will the selected partners be announced?

Selected partners will be announced by end of September. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application. 

 

Branding, Climate Impact Framework and Impact Data criteria must be reported. Would you mind giving a preview of what this entails?**

Branding: We do co-branding with both brands next to each other where we together decide on the name of the ClimAccelerator (further examples here: https://climaccelerator.climate-kic.org/programmemes/ 

 Climate Impact Framework: The CIF is a standardized method that your supported startups will utilize to create a hypothesis, forecast, and actually validate and document a calculation of their climate and social impact. This methodology is a proved tool that we have been using for many years now across all programmemes.  See further info here: https://impact-forecast.com  

Impact Data Criteria: The data will be calculated in the Climate Impact Framework and it takes place right after the Climate Impact Hypothesis. It is a mandatory process for all of the startups and the ClimAccelerator programmeme 

Would you advise if there are any ongoing efforts to raise funds for emerging/developing market programmes? Additionally, we often apply for funding proposals and I’m not sure if EIT Climate-KIC is comfortable filling in a partner intent form for such programmes?

We have a dedicated funding team focused on raising larger funds to support our entrepreneurship programmes in various parts of the world. While many conversations are ongoing, we do not want to set expectations prematurely. Additionally, we are listed as partners in the fundraising proposals of our organizers, providing letters of recommendation, fundraising materials, and participating in some discussions. Depending on the proposal, we may be named as a knowledge partner or even a delivery partner! 

What do we need to pay for using this ClimAccelerator license?

For this year, you may pay a strongly-encouraged-yet-voluntary revenue share as contribution to the license of our ClimAccelerator. 

To support Organisers around the world in running ClimAccelerators requires significant resources. EIT Climate-KIC is responsible for acquiring these resources and needs help from the community of ClimAccelerator Organisers . For this year, you may pay a strongly-encouraged-yet-voluntary revenue share as a contribution to the license of our ClimAccelerator.  

Annual Programmeme Turnover  

(excluding startup grants) 

Revenue Share 

Less than €25,000 

€0 

Between €25.000 – €50.000 

€2.500 

Between €50.000 – €100.000 

€5.000 

Above €100.000 

€7.500 

What type of investors are in the ClimAccelerator Investor’s Marketplace?

Yes, there are investors from angel investors/seed-stage to advanced stages active, very diverse! 

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact Alexandros Nikopoulos at alexandros.nikopoulos@climate-kic.org or climaccelerator@climate-kic.org Our team will be happy to answer any questions and provide additional details about the ClimAccelerator programme and the Call for Expression of Interest.