Got questions?

You can find answers to the most common questions right here.

I have already started a business; can I still enter the Accelerator?2019-03-01T13:07:29+00:00

Yes, you certainly can. We are looking for sustainable entrepreneurs who are ready to accelerate their business. However, if your turnover is over € 2 million, you will not be eligible for grants. All other benefits, however, will be open to you. And we expect you to have a dedicated team working fulltime on your idea.



How does Climate-KIC define cleantech?2019-03-01T13:05:51+00:00

There are many definitions of cleantech going around. So don’t worry too much about that, we do not intend to add our own. Just convince us that your proposal has a significant impact on climate change and has business potential.



What if I don’t live in Benelux?2019-03-01T13:03:58+00:00

We are looking for teams living in the Netherlands, Belgium or Luxembourg or teams that are connected to the Benelux because of their service or product. Please note: Travel costs are not refunded.
If you live outside the Benelux, you may consider joining Accelerator in another country, like France, Germany, Switzerland or the UK. You can find more information about the Accelerator program here.



Do I need to apply for all 3 stages separately?2019-03-01T12:53:37+00:00

Every stage has its own acceptance criteria and a separate application round. Stage 1 is one of the prerequisites for entry into Stage 2, although it is not the only one. To enter Stage 2, you need to convince the Review Board once again that your venture needs to join the program.



Can I apply for stages 2 or 3 straight away?2019-03-01T12:52:18+00:00

We only accept applications for stage 1.


How will my application be handled?2019-03-01T12:51:27+00:00

Our Accelerator Team assesses all applications. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a 2-day bootcamp. At day 2 of the bootcamp an independent jury will select the best teams to join Climate-KIC Accelerator stage 1.

I have a question about the application form, what can I do?2019-03-01T12:49:58+00:00

Have a look at our Accelerator Application Form example, this gives you a good impression what we are looking for. If you still have some questions, we are here to help, drop us an email with your question.

How can I apply?2019-03-01T12:45:56+00:00

Go to the ‘apply now’ button, fill in your details and the application form will be sent to you by e-mail. You can apply by filling out the application form and return it to us by email.

How does Climate-KIC’s international network help me?2019-03-01T12:44:16+00:00

Climate-KIC Accelerator is one of the very few truly international Accelerators with a presence in many European countries and a relevant global network. This will help you to meet potential customers as well as potential investors and make your business grow quickly.

When is the next round of stage 1 planned?2019-03-01T12:41:00+00:00

Check the schedule here for the next round of stage 1. Make sure you send your application on time. Short of time? Submit your application in the next round!

What is a start-up scan?2019-03-01T12:37:32+00:00

A start-up scan is a great opportunity and highly recommended for everyone who would like to know more about our program and for everyone who wants to apply for the program. In a one-on-one conversation with one of our Accelerator coaches, you can ask questions about the program and receive free advice and tips for completing your application. Book your free startup scan here

Why should I enter the Climate-KIC Accelerator?2019-03-01T12:34:39+00:00

We are dedicated to accelerating your sustainable business. More than any other organization, we understand the complexities of innovations with a deep technology base. Along with intensive training and active coaching, you’ll receive funding (no equity taken) and gain access to other Climate-KIC activities, like master classes and events. In short: we help you commercialize your ideas and reduce the risk of failure.

Who can enter the EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator?2019-03-01T12:30:53+00:00

We are looking for teams with the ambition to build a global company addressing climate change. Whether you just have a solid business idea, or you have already started: If you have an impactful climate innovation and you meet the requirements, you are very welcome. Even if you think you know everything there is to know, we’d love to set you new challenges.

Not sure if this program is for you? Contact us we’re happy to help.

What is the EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator?2019-03-01T12:27:42+00:00

Climate-KIC Accelerator is a program that supports entrepreneurs and start-ups with funding, education, intensive coaching and a global network. The EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator program can help you grow your sustainable idea into a successful business.

In three stages the 18-month program helps you to get funded and to launch your products worldwide.
We support start-ups that address climate change and shape the world’s next economy.

What is the location of the program?2019-03-01T13:19:39+00:00

Climate-KIC uses two locations for the program. The Accelerator sessions take place in Delft and in Utrecht.



Free money? What’s the catch?2018-10-25T14:31:49+00:00

We get it. Normally, start-up accelerators like ours ask for something in return. Lucky for you, we are funded by the European Commission, a not-for-profit. So we do not oblige you to surrender equity. We do however, ask you to pay it forward once you are successful.

What are the requirements for the program?2019-03-01T12:32:48+00:00

We always ask for the following:

  • You have a co-founder (with at least 10% shares)
  • Your business has substantial climate impact
  • If your startup has a Legal Entity, it’s less than 5 years old
  • You are ready to start selling your product or service within 9 months
  • You and your co-founder are available for all training sessions during the Accelerator Program, including the bootcamp.

Contact us if you are in doubt. We are happy to perform a scan so you have your answer.

When do I get my money?2018-10-25T14:38:39+00:00

It depends on the stage. Normally, we give a part when accepting a team, and a chunk after graduation.

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