Two men discuss the business ideas of the cleantech start-ups in Climate-KIC’s accelerator.

EIT Climate-KIC: Fostering innovation

EIT Climate-KIC (Knowledge & Innovation Community) is the European Union’s largest public-private climate initiative. It includes a successful accelerator for cleantech start-ups. This fosters young businesses which are developing climate protection solutions.

Munich Re and ERGO, together with EIT Climate-KIC, are promoting start-ups that are involved in tackling climate change. In addition to financial support and targeted coaching for the development of the business model, each start-up receives mentoring from Munich Re and ERGO staff. Work spaces are also available.

Munich Re and ERGO thus gain access to young businesses, these receive both technical and financial support in return, and society benefits from climate-protection solutions.

The cooperation has been in place since October 2017.

Interviews with start-up founders

Christopher Knoch and Justin Scholz - phelas
Clean electricity at any time - thanks to innovative energy storage
With their start-up phelas, Christopher Knoch and Justin Scholz rely on liquid air and container modules to store renewable energy at low cost. An interview with the two founders.
Chris Cardé - HeyCharge
HeyCharge - Ultra-low-cost electric car charging for apartment buildings

What drives them, what particular challenges are they facing? The series starts with Chris Cardé from HeyCharge. His team has developed affordable e-charging solutions for multi-family homes.

Chris Cardé - HeyCharge
toolbot - Automated product sharing systems for tools and more

One tool, many users: Jan Gerlach and Christian Lehmann from toolbot tell us how the idea for their tool rental stations came about and why sharing is good for the climate.

The start-ups supported thus far

Chris Cardé - HeyCharge
These start-ups are already on their way to success

Their creative solutions are as different as the start-ups themselves. But there is one thing they all have in common: Their applications for support have been selected in the Side Call of Climate-KIC and Munich Re/ERGO.

An aerial photograph of the Green Garage with solar panels on the roof – the venue for the Climate-KIC accelerator’s pitch day in June 2017.
Good ideas generated at the Climathon in Munich, Sydney, Tallinn and Vilnius

On 25 and 26 October 2019, Climate-KIC again invites participants to develop innovative climate solutions in their 24-hours ideas competition. This year, Munich Re and ERGO are supported the Climathon in Munich, Sydney, Tallinn and Vilnius.