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How to Apply

What we offer​
  • Up to 25,000 EUR in grants

  • Stakeholder engagement in the development of prototypes/pilots/proof of concept

  • Global network of experts, investors, corporations, and public institutions

  • Training sessions with international professionals in business and sustainability

  • Mentoring and coaching from experts from the EIT Climate-KIC community to boost your start-up’s visibility, marketing and communications 

  • And much more!

Eligibility & Selection Criteria
  • Ready to demonstrate: you should already have a PoC/Alpha/Beta/prototype

  • Solution is scalable

  • High potential to make an impact on climate issues or significant climate adaptation

  • Your company must be incorporated (or in the legal process of incorporation) before entering the program

  • A dedicated team of at least 2 people

  • Company is based in the European Union

Application & Selection Process
  • Complete the online application form: 

  • Application phase begins: April 13, 2021

  • Application phase ends: May 16, 2021, 23:59 CET 

  • Applications must be made using the online application form, which will be available on the website once the application phase begins.

  • Short-listed candidates will pitch their project to a jury: 5 min. pitch (minimum) and 5 min. Q&A 

  • The jury is expected to convene between June 16-18, 2021.

  • Successful candidates will be notified of their acceptance into the program starting on June 21, 2021.

Evaluation Criteria 
  • The start-ups awarded with the highest score by the jury will be accepted into the program.

  • Alignment with EIT Climate-KIC’s new strategy, “Impact Goals & Deep Demonstration Healthy, Clean Cities”

  • Innovativeness

  • Viability

  • Team / motivation

  • Benefit for the climate

  • Scalability

  • Long-term perspective

  • Program fit 

  • Technology and potential impact

  • Business potential

How to Apply

Your path to the Clean Cities ClimAccelerator starts with the online application. Convince our experts, and you will be invited to an (online) pitch day. There, you will present your business and answer questions from a jury made up of researchers, investors, and other experts. 


The application phase is open until May 16, 2021. The selected start-ups will be announced starting June 21, 2021.

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