Climate KIC
KIC Knowledge and Innovation Communities

The Climate KIC is one of the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC) established by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) in 2010.

The Climate KIC’s aim is to encourage and support innovations to reduce and mitigate climate change. This is to be done with the help of a European network involving partners from the business, public and academic sectors. This should result in progress in the educational sector, in research and in entrepreneurship.

The following topics are primarily being investigated:
•    Management of climate pollutants (in detail)
•    Management of water (in detail)
•    Reduced-CO2 cities (in detail)
•    CO2-free production systems (in detail)

Technical University of Munich is one of the first partners and has taken a major role since the Climate KIC was established.

The funding offered through the Climate KIC will be provided in full through the EIT. All partners are eligible. 25% of the financing already spent on conducting a project is funded.

Ancillary conditions for funding:
•    Pan-European projects
•    Number of participants: at least three form at least two different countries.
•    Develop a joint KIC-worthy benefit, e.g., work packages specially geared toward the Climate KIC.
•    25% funding for existing financing
•    Funding only available to Climate KIC partners

GreenCycle Academy: A Sustainable Innovation Workshop

TUM is organizing together with Climate-KIC and the company Green Cycle the Ideation Workshop “Green Cycle Academy”.

The workshop will take place in Munich from 12.-14.10.2018. We invite students and PhD Candidates of all study backgrounds to join. Please register by 1st October 2018:

The GreenCycle Academy is a workshop based on an open innovation approach that brings together creative students and PhD candidates of all backgrounds. Expect an introduction to the latest methods of idea generation and design thinking; and directly apply these methods to find your solution to the challenges. Benefit from expert knowledge and coach support. This is your opportunity to start your career as a climate innovator!
The challenges in 2018 are:

1. How might you design a strategy to promote the brand of a global-leader in sustainable waste management?

2. How might you develop digital solutions for a more efficient and effective waste management industry?

Winning teams are invited to join a follow-up event (6 / 7 November) in Nekarsulm, where they will have the opportunity to pitch and refine their idea.

The Climate-KIC Education team is also happy to answer any questions via: or or

For further information about the GCA, please look at the event flyer.

Climate-KIC Summer School 2018

We are pleased to announce that the world's largest summer school on innovation and entrepreneurship is taking place again this summer. Climate-KIC is the EU’s largest public private partnership, funded by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) and addressing climate change through innovation to build a zero carbon economy.

The Journey is a 3-week or 5-week climate innovation summer school. It brings together students and professionals from all over the world.

From validating an idea to understanding the market, structuring a business, and building a team, Climate-KIC gears participants up for the world of climate entrepreneurship. The Journey provides the tools to make an impact on the global effort to find solutions to climate change, and supports participants in the quest to become an sustainable entrepreneur.

The Journey summer school offers climate change knowledge combined with entrepreneurship skills, allowing participants to create - together with people from a wide range of backgrounds - a business model which will help our environment.

Applicants can choose between a 3-week and a 5-week programme. Time frames are:

  • 3 weeks: 2 July - 22 July
  • 3 weeks: 13 August – 31. August
  • 5 weeks: 2 July - 5 August
  • 5 weeks: 30 July - 31 August

For TUM students, there are no fees for taking part in the Journey.

You can find further information on the official Journey website.

Application for Summer School 2018 is already closed.

The Climate-KIC Education team is also happy to answer any questions via: or

For further information about the Summer School, please also take a look at the event flyer (9.3 MB), poster (9.6 MB) or the promotional video