The Climate-KIC Accelerator programme at ECCI offers low carbon start-ups a dedicated programme of support and funding to take their markets by storm.

The three-stage, 18-month programme offers early stage entrepreneurs access to up to €60,000 grant funding, business coaching with experienced professionals, a range of masterclasses and free workspace at ECCI’s vibrant Edinburgh hub. 

The stages

Stage 1: fundamentals (4 months)

Finding a market niche, developing a business model and figuring out how to make money and scale the business. Accelerator Stage 1 gives fledgling companies access to up to €10,000 and a programme of expert coaching, workshops & events.

Stage 2: validation (6 months)

Is the business solving real customer problems? Talking to customers to validate the business model. Accelerator Stage 2 is open to all businesses with a basic business model in place and a motivated team with at least two founders. 

Stage 3: delivery (6 months)

Getting the business ready for take-off. Piloting the product/service, finding investors and forming partnerships that make it grow fast. Accelerator Stage 3 is about getting the business ready for take-off, and comes with access to up to 30,000 of funding.

Application process

Applications are now closed. Watch this space for announcements of the next round of recruitment in Spring 2018.

The story so far

Since launching the Climate-KIC Accelerator in June 2017, 11 start-ups have been supported through the programme - scooping 14 awards and more than £400,000 in investment, creating 17 jobs and registering three new businesses.

The businesses taking part in the programme also saved the equivalent of more than 260,000 tonnes of carbon annually – the same weight as more than 100,000 elephants.

Find out more about the successful companies who have benefitted from the programme.

Meet the latest Accelerator Stage 1 recruits on our community pages.