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.

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 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 gain access to the young businesses, the start-ups receive both technical and financial support from us, and society benefits from climate-protection solutions. The programme was launched in October 2017.

Start-ups from the second call (selected on 28 Februar 2018 in Munich)

Medium close-up of the start-up Refurbed’s three founders. At the pitch day, Refurbed was selected for Climate-KIC’s start-up accelerator.
PAVE Group

Digitalising construction projects

The jubilant seven-person twingz team, one of the winners of start-up support in the EU climate initiative, Climate-KIC.
Daphne Technology

Using nanotechnology to control emissions

Medium close-up of the three founders of NÜWIEL, which won one of the start-up accelerator Climate-KIC’s support packages.
TWAICE

Digital twins for batteries

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.
Pitch day on 28 Februar 2018 in Munich

Members of staff from Munich Re and ERGO and the start-up incubator XPRENEURS selected three start-ups for the current batch of the Climate-KIC accelerator.

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.
Batch 1 September 2017 – March 2018

During the first accelerator phase, Refurbed, a sales platform for refurbished electronic devices, twingz, with its energy management and loss prevention software, and NÜWIEL, a provider of intelligent bicycle trailers, were supported. The pitch day Report illustrates how they managed to win over the judges.