It is no secret that to tackle climate change we need to work together, and we need to work faster.

To unlock a net-zero, resilient future, we must harness human ingenuity and catalyse rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented change through innovation. In short, we need more collaboration, less competition.

Inspired by the way TEDx enabled tens of millions around the world to experience the quality and inspiration of TED, EIT Climate-KIC is launching an Open Accelerator.

By sharing the assets we along with our community have created over the past ten years, the Open Accelerator will enable hundreds of thousands of transformational start-ups to get to the next level.

How does it work?

Similar to TEDx, operators of acceleration programmes around the world can apply for a license in their jurisdiction and/or on a theme of their choosing.

EIT Climate-KIC is curating an operating system that enables different local acceleration programs to run effectively, as well as create and attract resources. We believe that together we can attract and accelerate a higher number of transformational climate impact start-ups.

Timeline and next steps

We are using the first months of 2021 to complete the setup of the operating system and expect to start working with the first accelerator partners towards the end of Q1 2021.

If you would like to learn more, in December we hosted our first webinar on the topic which you can watch under this link here. The slides we shared there can be found here. And lastly, if you are interested in getting involved, you can leave your contact details in this form and we will get back to you as soon as we have more details.

Questions? Please contact the team at

We are looking forward to working together to foster entrepreneurship and acceleration for climate impact and systems transformation at scale.

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