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.

Apply now

Applications are now open for the first stage of Climate-KIC Accelerator.

Complete the online application by 5pm on Wednesday 24 January 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 below. 

Climate-KIC at ECCI Success Stories