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Deadline; Pathfinder and Accelerator programs

The last deadline for Pathfinder and Accelerator programs in 2017. Granted programs will take Place during 2018.


Pathfinder projects are focussing on strategic fit, climate relevance, market need and strength of team, and are open to Climate-KIC partners wishing to collaborate over a period to identify Innovation Opportunities. No co-funding is specifically requested; however, it is anticipated that many Pathfinders will offer co-funding.

The role of a Pathfinder project is to confirm an innovation opportunity, to match the supply side discoveries and the demand-side need. Pathfinder projects are encouraged to develop a business model that shows how the supply- and demand-side nexus can be matched. It is expected that Pathfinder participants will have created and an initial business model, so that they can directly enter the Accelerator at stage 2 if the Pathfinder is successful

Pathfinder awards from €15k-€30k, but up to a maximum of €50k.
The duration of a Pathfinder project should not be more than 4 months. 

Find examples of Pathfinder projects here (link to Climate-KIC)

You may find thecall text here

Read the thematic priorities from Climate-KIC here.

Partner Accelerator


The goal is to validate the business model of the potential innovation in a 2 stage approach.

Stage 1: Demonstrate that the innovation endeavor can build a coherent business model. Explain the business model using the Business Model Canvas tool and present the plan for customer validation.

Stage 2: Market validation of the business model. The Partner teams must present their validated business model and provide evidence of actual customer demand

If you are confident in your innovation and want to go directly to market validation you may apply for the Partner Accelerator program directly without first applying for a Pathfinder project.

Partner Accelerator programs awards up to a maximum of €50k.
The duration of a Partner Accelerator project should not be more than 6 months. 

You may find the call text here

Read the thematic priorities from Climate-KIC here.


29/09/2017 - 00:00

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29/09/2017 - 00:00