ACCELERATOR MANAGERS

IMPACT HUB VIENNA

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 this decade its community grew to over 1,000 active members, and more than 500 impactful startups were supported in over 40 incubation, acceleration and investment programs together with partners on various impact topics such as integration of marginalized people into society, education, health, responsible & sustainable consumption, biodiversity, rural development and many 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 and more than 50 countries. The United Nations officially acknowledges Impact Hub for “helping to extend the efforts directed to tackle the SDGs via entrepreneurial solutions.”

UNIVERSIDAD POLITÉCNICA DE MADRID

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Madrid (UPM) is the 1st Spanish-Speaking Tech University and the 75th Tech university in the world. UPM has a strong commitment with the Sustainable Development Goals and is working to have a climate-neutral campus by 2040. University Impact & Entrepreneurship at UPM (I&E UPM) is an area created through the Centre for Technological Innovation (CAIT UPM) to stimulate the innovation process in the technology ecosystem. I&E UPM has created and developed an "open technological ecosystem" linked to the development of products/processes based on technologies. Under this brand, the University carries out activities that include training for entrepreneurs and incubation and acceleration of start-ups.

EIT Climate-KIC

EIT Climate-KIC is a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC), working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon, climate-resilient society. Supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, we identify and support innovation that helps society mitigate and adapt to climate change. We believe that a decarbonised, sustainable economy is not only necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change, but presents a wealth of opportunities for business and society.

CITY HOSTS

CITY OF MADRID

The City of Madrid has a strong commitment with climate neutrality and has developed public policies towards it. Recently, Madrid has published its Roadmap towards climate neutrality. This roadmap is a new commitment in the path followed by Madrid in the face of this challenge and it establishes the reduction of the 65% of greenhouse gas emissions of the city in 2030 compared to 1990, and to reach climate neutrality in 2050. On this path for climate neutrality, in October 2019, the City of Madrid and locally aligned partners entered a co-creation and co-design process (Deep Demonstration on Healthy and Clean Cities) to accelerate current plans on climate change adaptation and mitigation with a view to implementation and portfolio activation in 2020 and 2021.

CITY OF VIENNA

The City of Vienna pursues ambitious energy goals to achieve a sustainable and efficient energy system and to accelerate the use of district heating, waste heat and renewable energy forms. The energy planning department of the City of Vienna initiates and designs the future-oriented development of Vienna's energy system. The focus lies on promoting energy innovations, initiating and supporting  pilot projects,  coordinating and further developing energy-related concepts,  bundling of competencies and the transfer of knowledge.