We are Europe’s leading climate innovation initiative
EIT Climate-KIC is a European knowledge and innovation community, working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy.
Supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, we identify and support innovations that help mitigate the negative impacts of climate change. At the same time, we support communities to adapt to climate change. We believe that a decarbonised, sustainable economy is not only necessary to address climate change effects. The transition also presents a wealth of opportunities for business and society.
Creating networks of expertise
EIT Climate-KIC brings together partners from a wide array of backgrounds, including business, academia and public sector. We create and foster unique networks of expertise that allow innovative products, services and systems to be developed, brought to the market and scaled up for impact. With our convening power, EIT Climate-KIC brings together the most effective groups to create the innovations that will lead to the systemic change that is necessary in the face of imminent climate change.
We bring together visionaries, entrepreneurs and financials - the perfect base to tackle climate change.
Bringing together ideas and finance
We identify, source and place public and private funds that help bring innovations to the next level. Each funded project’s progress and outcomes will be monitored in order to draw out learnings and insights, and to make sure that our funding partners can effectively invest their resources for maximum impact.
Supporting the next generation
EIT Climate-KIC runs a range of inspirational education programmes across Europe and online. Professionals, postgraduates and students get a chance to connect with up-to-date knowledge and best practices, further expanding their sustainable skills and capacities. We are fostering and empowering a new generation of entrepreneurs and climate leaders to realise a zero-carbon economy.
Catalysing great ideas
Great ideas can pop up anywhere. In large corporations, research institutes, public institutions, start-ups… EIT Climate-KIC catalyses and nurtures innovation, whatever its source. We encourage fresh new thinking from beyond the mainstream. For instance, our worldwide 24-hour hackathon Climathon creates innovative solutions for a better planet. In addition, EIT Climate-KIC has developed a cleantech ideas platform, Climate Launchpad. Our incubator programme Accelerator offers funding, structure and assistance to start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises. In established organisations we drive innovation through our range of innovation programmes.