The Nordic Accelerator

Apply to fast track your start-up!

Your path into our Nordic Accelerator starts with an online application. Convince our experts and we will invite you to an on-boarding bootcamp, where you will pitch your business and answer questions from a jury made up of researchers, investors and experts from inside and outside of EIT Climate-KIC.

Applications open every 6 months with the actual programme starting at the beginning of April and October. Twenty startups are invited to the two day-long on-boarding bootcamp. Ten startups make it into the first stage of our Accelerator programme each round. 


15 February Application Deadline Spring Batch
7-8 March Spring Onboarding Boot Camp
15 August Application Deadline Autumn Batch
5-6 Sept Autumn Onboarding Boot Camp
Application Process

How does it work?

The application’s format is an 8-slide visual pitch summarising your start-up, climate impact, business model, customer value proposition, market, competitors, game plan and team. This is the main part of the application and the selection of start-ups is primarily based on a visual pitch deck.

Use English and be clear on your business model, applications that communicate complex technical elements concisely and clearly are favoured. After creating your 8-slide visual pitch you need to fill out the application with your personal and company data. You are encouraged to download and save a PDF of your answers for future reference. Only apply after having had a conversation with your local point of contact.

Small print

Do you have what it takes?

Impact Areas

We are working along four impact areas to produce the outcomes and impacts needed to avoid a dangerous climate change, consistent with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals set in 2015. Your application must fall under one of these areas. Learn more about how we make an impact here!

  • Urban Transitions 
  • Sustainable Land Use
  • Sustainable Production Systems
  • Decision Metrics and Finance

Must haves

  • Your business will have substantial climate impact
  • Ready for demonstration and scalable solution (our programme does not fund research) 
  • Less than 18 months to first major customer and/or investor
  • Your company must be incorporated before entering the programme 
  • A dedicated team based in Denmark, Finland, Norway or Sweden 

You must report on results and spending according to the original plan at the end of each stage. Significant deviations from the original plan have to be pre-approved by Climate-KIC Nordic. We moreover require reporting on: turnover financing attracted (investment and loans), number of patents filed, number of jobs created and awards won. If you are applying for next stage in the programme, then this reporting will be part of the new application.

All set

Now its is up to you.

Key assessment parameters

  • Innovativeness
  • Feasibility
  • Team
  • Climate Impact
  • Scale ability
  • Long-term perspectives

All questions are welcome, just ask your local point of contact.

Ready to rock and roll?

Apply now