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

ClimAccelerator: Fostering innovation

EIT Climate-KIC (Knowledge & Innovation Community) is the European Union’s largest public-private climate initiative. Together with Munich Re and ERGO, EIT Climate-KIC has set the ambition to enable transformational start-ups to accelerate through radical collaboration and shared resources. In the newly launched Carbon Removal ClimAccelerator. EIT Climate-KIC joined forces with Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), the Sustainability in Business Lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), and Pannon Pro Innovations (PPIS).

The newly launched Accelerator continues the cooperation started in 2017 with the promotion of clean-tech start-ups. 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 employees.

Carbon Removal ClimAccelerator
Carbon Removal ClimAccelerator

The Carbon Removal ClimAccelerator programme supports start-ups focusing on technological and nature-based solutions such as afforestation, direct air capture, biochar, and bioenergy-based carbon capture and storage. Selected start-ups will receive training, grants, mentorship, and access to networks.

The start-up teams of the first phase of the ClimAccelerator that started in September 2021

Cambridge Carbon Capture founder and CEO Michael Evans
Cambridge Carbon Capture

Technology for industrial CO2 capture with valuable by-products

Carbogenics’ team members (from left to right): Jan Mumme, Ed Craig, Karolina Mąka and David Vaughan

Converting paper waste into carbon to improve bioprocesses

Co-founders David Izikowitz (top, 2nd from left) and Jia Li (top, 3rd from left) with the rest of the Carbon Infinity team
Carbon Infinity

Direct CO2 removal from the air in the manufacturing industry

The Carbon Instead team (from left to right): Julia Roth, Joanna Fatorelli, Murtaza Akhtar and Ankita Mitra
Carbon Instead

Solution for decarbonisation of building materials

Co-founders Ivo Degn (sixth from left) and Philippe Birker (fifth from right) with the rest of the Climate Farmers team
Climate Farmers

Infrastructure for the expansion of regenerative agriculture

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.