Climate-kic Accelerator: Where Great Ideas Grow Into Great Businesses

Climate-KIC Accelerator is the cleantech accelerator with a focus on climate impact. Climate-KIC offers an 18-month programme, divided in 3 stages, to grow your own cleantech idea into a great business.  Sustainable Nation is pleased to run the Dublin-based Climate-KIC Accelerator, and the Accelerator Stage 1 is now open for entries.

The Dublin Climate-KIC Accelerator supports promising start-ups by providing the tools, opportunities and network to transform break through innovations in climate innovation and finance. We can help you solve real customer problems. We welcome applications from Irish or European-based companies that are working on climate-innovation solutions.

Enrol now in Dublin, and get the resources you need to develop your business. Apply here

Target Sector

Sustainable Nation works closely with the Irish Department of Finance to deliver its International Financial Services (IFS) Strategy 2020. The Paris Climate Agreement Meeting (COP21) placed climate change firmly in the heart of the global financial system, putting an emphasis on how the trillions of dollars required to mitigate and adapt to climate change could be mobilised. This reflected the realisation that holding global warming below the accepted 2oC target would require an unprecedented reallocation of capital. In this context, we are keen to work with companies that are developing innovative financial solutions or analytical or data tools that bring value and support meeting the 2oC target – all underpinned by the concept of responsible investment or ESG (environmental social governance).

Who should apply?

Can you answer yes to these questions?

  • Do you have a breakthrough idea related to new technology with substantial sustainable finance/ climate impact?
  • Do you have a BASIC business model already defined?
  • Is there a motivated team in place (at least two founders)?
  • The business may or may not have a legal entity formed yet. If yes, the legal entity cannot be more than 2 years. If not, one of the objectives of stage 1 is to create a legal entity.


  • This is an 18-month, 3-stage programme.
  • World class business coaches & mentors
  • Access to a European ecosystem
  • Non-equity grant of up to €60,000 on completion of all 3-stages

Programme Overview

Stage 1: Fundamentals
Get the basics right. Focus on your customer and how to get your product into their hands. Which niche are you serving? Which problem are you solving? Figure out how to make money and scale up your business using a solid financial model. Fundamentals gives you a clear vision of how to create highest value with limited resources. Stage 1 consists of a 2-day boot camp and 6-8 sessions filled with workshops, peer-2-peer sessions and start-up stories. Fundamentals comes with a grant of up to €10,000.

Stage 2: Validation
Get out there and validate your business assumptions. Talk to at least 50 (potential) customers across borders. We provide you with the skills and tools you need to conduct good interviews, to see through all the false positives and to build your business on real insights. After Validation you’ll be better able to choose your markets and grow by addressing real customer needs.

Stage 2 takes about 6 months, and consists of a mix of monthly meetings and peer-to-peer session.  Validation comes with a grant of up to €20,000.

Stage 3: Delivery
In this stage, you use insights from the previous stages to develop a full-grown business plan in which all foreseeable failure factors are fixed. You are ready to pitch your business case to investors and launch it to your customers. Delivery helps you find the partners that enable you to grow fast. Apart from intensive 1-on-1 coaching, we offer workshops on valuation, investor strategy, financial structuring, deal making and strategic partnering. Delivery comes with a grant of up to €30,000.

We help you think, act and grow big, so you can reach global domination in your chosen market niche. Apply now – download the application form and return to [email protected] Closing date for receipt of applications is the 27 April 2017.

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