WHO WE ARE
The accelerator is run by Impact Hub Vienna and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and is directly linked to EIT Climate-KIC and their Deep Demonstration of Healthy, Clean Cities. Deep Demonstrations are large-scale projects run by EIT Climate-KIC, a Knowledge and Innovation Community working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon, climate-resilient society. These projects focus on systems innovation and are implemented together with ambitious ‘challenge owners’ in Europe—mayors, government ministries, industries, community leaders, and funders, who have the means and mandate to tackle Europe’s biggest climate change challenges. The cities of Vienna and Madrid are both part of Deep Demonstration projects, and their portfolios of innovations and activities serve as the basis for this accelerator.
Founded in 2010, Impact Hub Vienna is a recognized home for innovators and has served as a launchpad for numerous impact initiatives and enterprises across Europe. Over the last decade, Impact Hub Vienna’s community grew to over 1,000 active members, and more than 500 impactful startups were supported in over 40 incubation, acceleration, and investment programs. These programs were co-developed with partners to focus on topics such as integration and marginalization, education, health, responsible and sustainable consumption, biodiversity, rural development, and more. On a global level, Impact Hub is one of the world’s leading networks for social innovation and is present in over 100 cities in more than 50 countries. The United Nations officially acknowledged Impact Hub for “helping to extend the efforts directed to tackle the SDGs via entrepreneurial solutions.”
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) is the first Spanish-speaking technical university and the 75th technical university in the world. UPM is strongly committed to the Sustainable Development Goals and is working towards a climate-neutral campus by 2040. University Impact & Entrepreneurship at UPM (I&E UPM) was established by UPM's Centre for Technological Innovation. I&E UPM facilitates an "open technological ecosystem" for the development of products and processes based on technology. Under this program, the university runs activities such as trainings for entrepreneurs, and the incubation and acceleration of start-ups.
EIT Climate-KIC is a Knowledge and Innovation Community working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon, climate-resilient society. Supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, it identifies and supports innovation that helps society mitigate and adapt to climate change. It believes that a decarbonized, sustainable economy is not only necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change, but also presents a wealth of opportunities for business and society.