Drivers of climate innovation in Europe and beyond
Launched in 2010, Climate-KIC is one of three original Knowledge and Innovation Communities set up by the EIT. Our mission is to spark and deliver innovative solutions to climate change via a dynamic alliance of European partners drawn from academia, industry and the public sector.
Our vision is to provide the people, products and leadership to confront the climate challenge globally. In driving innovation for climate change mitigation or adaptation we help shape the world’s next economy.
Our co-location centres or ‘innovation factories’ are based across Europe and led by world-class universities and companies. Our regional innovation communities, which are led by local or regional governments, support the testing, implementation and scaling up of innovation.
Climate-KIC has an integrated community of partners of which 47 per cent are from business, 32 per cent are from academia, and 21 per cent are public bodies.
Connecting research and technology with business
Climate-KIC links research, technology and business to find ways of mitigating or adapting to climate change and accelerating the solutions to market. Our business model has three areas of expertise.
In innovation we identify and develop the market potential of emerging technologies, creating new products, services and jobs in Europe with a global impact on climate change.
In education we recruit, nurture and develop entrepreneurs to become agents of change. Our courses combine climate change science and entrepreneurship with a practical programme of learning-by-doing featuring real-life challenges and innovation projects.
In entrepreneurship we open up the market for small businesses and start-ups working in the area of climate innovation, providing the opportunities and practical tools to turn ideas into commercial success.