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EIT Nordics is a branch of a knowledge and innovation community established by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) in 2010. Our purpose is to tackle climate change through innovation.

We are Europe’s largest public-private partnership with this purpose – a growing pan-European community of diverse organisations united by a commitment to direct the power of creativity and human ingenuity at the climate change challenge. We bring together large and small companies, scientific institutions and universities, city authorities and other public bodies, start-ups, and students.

With more than 450 formal organisational partners from over 30 countries, we work on innovation to mitigate climate change and to adapt to its unavoidable impacts. Our mission is to catalyse systemic change through innovation in areas of human activity that have a critical impact on greenhouse gas emissions – cities, land use, materials and finance – and to create climate-resilient communities.

Our Theory of Change is focused on empowering people to change systems – through exploration, experimentation and demonstration – to enable viable alternatives at scale. Why? Our generation faces the challenge of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions to zero within the next 20–30 years by changing almost every aspect of the ways humans currently live, work and play to avert catastrophic global temperature rise. Meeting that challenge requires transformation, by which we mean radical changes happening simultaneously, holistically and faster than we have ever experienced change before.   

Deep Demonstrations

Our so-called “Deep Demonstrations” are the large-scale projects through which we offer our ‘systems innovation as a service’ model to Europe’s most ambitious ‘challenge owners’ – i.e. the mayors, government ministries, industries and community leaders, and funders who have the means and mandate to tackle Europe’s biggest climate change challenges. Since 2019, EIT Climate-KIC’s eight Deep Demonstration projects act as:

  • a testbed environment for the 1.5C-consistent systems transitions called for by the IPCC, European policymakers and our own Transformation, in Time strategy.
  • sources of innovation and learning that can accelerate change elsewhere, and provide policy inputs.

Convening networks of expertise

We bring together partners in the worlds of business, academia, and the public and non-profit sectors to create networks of expertise, through which innovative products, services and systems can be developed, brought to market and scaled-up for impact. Through our convening power, EIT Climate-KIC brings together the most effective groups to create the innovation that can lead to systemic change.

Leveraging grants smartly and effectively

We identify, source and place public and private funds that stimulate innovation. We track progress and outcomes and draw out learning and insight so that our funding partners can effectively invest their resources for maximum impact. By bringing together those with vision, with ideas, with low-carbon products and services, and with finance, we generate the critical mass needed to tackle climate change.

Europe’s leading accelerator for cleantech startups

Since 2010, EIT Climate-KIC has supported over 1,800 climate-friendly startups throughout Europe. Successful companies such as lilium aviation, tado, refurbed or Climeworks show the significance of green startups from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Teams from these regions have successfully managed to secure almost half a billion Euro of follow-on funding after the programme. Find out more about the EIT Climate-KIC accelerator programme at 



EIT Climate-KIC in Denmark

The EIT Climate-KIC Nordic team is based in Copenhagen. 

Innovators in Denmark are encouraged to apply to the following:

Meet our Danish partners: 

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Technical University of Denmark

Copenhagen Technical University of Denmark
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University of Copenhagen

Copenhagen University of Copenhagen

Aarhus University

Aarhus Aarhus University
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NTU International

Aalborg NTU International
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City of Copenhagen

Copenhagen City of Copenhagen

City of Aarhus

Aarhus City of Aarhus
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Vejle Municipality

Vejle Vejle Municipality
EIT Climate-KIC in Finland

EIT Climate-KIC Nordic accelerate climate innovation in the Nordics working with partners all over the region.

Innovators in Finland are encouraged to apply to the following:

Meet our Finnish partners:


Aalto University

Espoo Aalto University
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University of Helsinki

Helsinki University of Helsinki
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Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council

Helsinki Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council
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City of Helsinki

Helsinki City of Helsinki
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Climate Leadership Coalition

Helsinki Climate Leadership Coalition
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Forum Virium

Helsinki Forum Virium
EIT Climate-KIC in Norway

EIT Climate-KIC Nordic accelerate climate innovation in the Nordics working with partners all over the region.

Innovators in Norway are encouraged to apply to the following:

Meet our Norwegian partners:

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Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Trondheim Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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Trondheim Municipality

Trondheim Trondheim Municipality
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City of Stavanger

Stavanger City of Stavanger
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Oslo EAT
EIT Climate-KIC in Sweden

EIT Climate-KIC Nordic accelerate climate innovation in the Nordics working with partners all over the region.

Innovators in Sweden are encouraged to apply to the following:

Meet our Swedish partners:

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Chalmers University of Technology

Göteborg Chalmers University of Technology
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Lund University

Lund Lund University
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ISS - Institutional Shareholder Services

Stockholm ISS - Institutional Shareholder Services
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RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE)

Göteborg RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE)
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Lund Trivector


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Malmö E.ON

Stockholm Green Digital Finance

Stockholm Stockholm Green Digital Finance
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Johanneberg Science Park

Göteborg Johanneberg Science Park

Material Economics

Stockholm Material Economics
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City of Gothenburg

Göteborg City of Gothenburg
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City of Malmö

Malmö City of Malmö
EIT Climate-KIC in Iceland

EIT Climate-KIC Nordic accelerate climate innovation in the Nordics working with partners all over the region.

Innovators in Iceland are encouraged to apply to the following:

Meet our Icelandic partner:

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City of Reykjavik

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