The Nordic Accelerator

Our Deal

We support climate entrepreneurs with funding, training and a global network, accelerating their business with improved success rates and bigger impact. 

Our Nordic Accelerator programme offers a rapid development of a start-up for maximum business potential and climate impact. In three stages, our 18-month programme brings climate entrepreneurs the knowledge, resources, tools and the coaching they need to build a successful company.

Apply for the Autumn 2019 Accelerator Batch – Deadline 15 August 2019!

The Three Stages

Stage 1: Business Model Development

The first, 4 month-long stage with funding up to 20.000€ helps early-stage start-ups refine and develop their specific unique selling point and business model. The first prototypes can be tested to obtain industry feedback. We offer a two-day boot camp, as well as expert coaching, one-on-one mentoring, workshops and exposure to our network and events. Are you ready to get going?

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Stage 2: Validation & Customer Acquisition

In the second, 4 month-long stage with additional funding up to 25.000€, start-ups move with a well-formulated business model to real customers. They dial in on solving a real problem by talking to customers and continuously developing their business plans. They create a mock up investor presentation and rethink their market of choice. This stage includes support from experts, coaches, mentors during workshops and various activities.

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Stage 3: Investment Readiness

The final, 6-9 month-long stage with additional funding up to 50.000€, prepares businesses for a future of investment rounds and scaling. We coach start-ups for negotiations and expose them to our network of investors and partners. Our start-ups are ready to pitch their business cases to investors or launch it to customers. Apart from intensive coaching, we offer workshops on valuation, investor strategy, financial structuring, deal making and strategic partnering.

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Funding <95.000€ Financial support & no equity taken
Mentoring Coaching, mentoring, peer-to-peer learning
Exposure Exposure to customers, partners, investors, international network
Nordics 5 locations: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Lund, Gothenburg, Trondheim

Our Contribution

Master Classes & Expert Briefings

A master class is a two-day workshop covering a specific topic. Our aim is to offer 6-8 master classes each year. They are free to attend for our start-ups and participation is usually on a first-come-first-served basis. Master classes are held at EIT Climate-KIC locations all over Europe, and travel expenses are covered up to €200/class. Expert briefings on the other hand are master class-inspired workshops facilitated by our partners, and mainly target local start-ups.

Nordic Bootcamps

Our quarterly bootcamps are held at our Nordic locations: Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Oslo and Malmö. These bootcamps have themes like master classes, but are also perfect venues for start-ups to network, exchange experiences, and find new inspiration. Besides, they are great deal of fun! Travel costs are covered for these mandatory bootcamps(~€250/person). Each stage includes two bootcamps.


Experienced business coaches assist our start-ups in the Accelerator programme. We focus on supporting start-ups reach their goals and leverage other values added by EIT Climate-KIC activities. We got your back!

Apply for the Autumn 2019 Accelerator Batch – Deadline 15 August 2019!

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Our Team


Mikkel Trym

EIT Climate-KIC Nordic Entrepreneurship Lead Mikkel Trym
Håkan Axelsson

Håkan Axelsson

Head of Greentech Domain at Chalmers Ventures Håkan Axelsson

Lars Gjølme

Senior Advisor at NTNU Lars Gjølme
thomas rundqvist

Thomas Rundqvist

Business Developer at LU Innovation, Lund University Thomas Rundqvist
172 start-ups supported
749 jobs created
5M € grants given
79M € external funding raised