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

Climate-KIC: Fostering innovation

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.

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. In the accelerator programme, Munich Re and ERGO are fostering start-ups that are focused on handling climate change. The programme lasts up to 18 months – depending on the how mature the start-up is. Each start-up receives up to €95,000 in financial support. As an additional benefit, the young entrepreneurs receive coaching and regular mentoring from Munich Re and ERGO staff members. Workspaces in various locations are also available for their use.

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.

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 in demand at the Climathon in Munich

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 supporting the first Climathon in Munich.

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.
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.

Medium close-up of the three founders of NÜWIEL, which won one of the start-up accelerator Climate-KIC’s support packages.
24 hours, 70 participants, one goal

The Vienna Climathon from 19 to 20 October was aimed at fostering climate protection solutions for cities.