#The Climaccelerator, a program for entrepreneurs with eco-innovative solutions

Inspiration, know-how and education. Financing and preparation for investments. Support for scalability and growth. Innovation ecosystem. Long-term impact.

B Black Sea ClimAccelerator is an acceleration program for eco-innovative solutions and green startups that contribute to environmental sustainability and reduce the effects of climate change. Aimed at a new generation of start-ups and entrepreneurs who respond to environmental challenges with innovative, creative and technological solutions, the program contributes to the creation of sustainable ecosystems and systemic changes in the medium and long term. Climaccelerator is in its first edition and is developed by a consortium consisting of Impact Hub Bucharest and The Climate Vertical in Romania and Innovation Starter in Bulgaria with the support of EIT Climate KIC.

    Participation in the acceleration program is free of charge.
Why should you apply for ClimAccelerator?
  • Get funded: - Grants totaling 300,000 Euros
  • Mentoring: Matching one on one with experienced mentors
  • Community: Connecting with key actors in the ecosystem
  • Know How: Tailored workshops for you to develop your idea
  • Consulting: Resources and information according to your needs
  • Events: Access to national and international events
  • Investors: Connection with investors, venture management
  • Peer sharing: International community meetings
What solutions are we looking for?
  • Eco-innovation solutions through clean urban mobility
  • Green and sustainable solutions for cities and buildings
  • Waste management projects
  • Smart agriculture for climate
  • Ways of transforming food logistics systems and chains
  • Nature education projects
  • Projects for the development of a circular economy
  • Solutions to reduce emissions from industry
  • Green technologies and services that green economic activities
  • Ways and solutions to reduce the impact of production on the environment
  • Technologies, processes, methods and solutions that encourage responsible consumption
  • Projects aimed at producing green, clean and renewable energy
  • Ecological transport solutions
  • Technological and artificial intelligence solutions that lead to a positive environmental impact

If you are a green start-up, in the idea stage or a green startup with a validated prototype with scalable clients and solutions, you are welcome in this program!
You should know, the program is not limited to the areas mentioned above.
If you have a solution with a positive impact on the environment, for the program.

AGENDA CLIMACCELERATOR

The program targets three categories of startups in different stages of development (Early stage, MVP, Connection to investment).
■ Support activities are customized for each category.
■ Within the program you can participate in one of the three categories.
  • August 2 - September 15: Enrollment in the program
  • September 22: Announcement of selected startups
  • October - November: Support activities - Early stage
  • October - December: Support activities - MVP
  • October - December: Support activities - Growth
  • December 9: DEMO DAY
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1st Category - Early stage

  • October - December 2021

Startups that are in a later stage of development and that have scalable solutions that solve climate and environmental problems can enter the program in category 3. Following evaluation, 6 Romanian startups will benefit from support activities tailored to their specific needs and investment readiness.

Support Activities:

  • Regional and international community meetings (October 22 // November 4 // December 2)
  • Mentoring - Matching with experienced mentors
  • Connecting with key investors and actors in the ecosystem
  • Specialized consultancy on specific needs
  • Attending national and international profile events
  • Facilitate partnerships and venture management
  • Pitching in Demo Day - national event (December 9)

2nd Category - MVP

  • October - December 2021

6 selected startups will benefit from support activities to take their solution to the next level.

Support Activities:

  • WThematic workshops for business development (October 20 and 27 // November 23 and 25)
  • Regional and international community meetings (October 5 and 12 October // November 4, 9, 16 // December 2)
  • Mentoring - Matching with experienced mentors
  • Connecting with key actors in the ecosystem
  • Consulting on specific needs
  • Attending national and international profile events
  • Pitching in Demo Day - national event (December 9)
  • Grants worth 20,000 euros for each startup in this stage

3rd Category - Growth

  • October - December 2021

Startups that are in a later stage of development and have scalable solutions that solve climate and environmental problems can enter the program in category 3. Following the evaluation, 6 Romanian startups will benefit from support activities tailored to their specific needs and preparation for investment.

Support activities:

  • Regional and international community meetings (October 22 // November 4 // December 2)
  • Mentoring - Matching with experienced mentors
  • Connecting with key investors and actors in the ecosystem
  • Specialized consultancy on specific needs
  • Attending national and international profile events
  • Facilitate partnerships and venture management
  • Pitching in Demo Day - national event (December 9)

Organizers

EIT Climate KIC

EIT Climate KIC

The EIT Climate-KIC is a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) that works to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon and climate-resilient society. For the last 10 years, the EIT Climate-KIC accelerator program has been the main solution provider of climate innovation, with over 1,500 accepted solutions and almost 1 billion euros of guaranteed capital.
Impact Hub

Impact Hub Bucharest

Impact Hub Bucharest is the dynamic space where professionals and entrepreneurs work for the development of projects and business initiatives. Since 2012, Impact Hub Bucharest is the first coworking space in Romania, with a community of approximately 2,000 members in 2 central locations in Bucharest. Globally, the organization is present in over 100 locations in over 50 countries. The mission of Impact Hub Bucharest is to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem by offering programs to accelerate startups and direct funding, as well as the largest online entrepreneurship education platform.
TCV

The climate Vertical

The Climate Vertical is a Romanian initiative that aims to address critical climate challenges by activating and involving the community to support startups to build sustainable solutions. We believe that every climate challenge creates the space for a very good business opportunity. We build TCV based on our experience of over 4 years working with startups and deliver programs designed to (A) bring people together to support each other, (B) inspire them to start, (C) educate them to build solutions that people really need, (D) accelerate the growth of teams willing to scale their solutions globally. The values of The Climate Vertical are the red thread within the programs: Focus on impact and drive change, Aim high and start now, Innovate for a sustainable future, Respect nature and those around you.
Innovation Starter

Innovation Starter

Innovation Starter is the first innovation agency in Bulgaria, founded by Leona Aslanova in 2014. It collaborates with the business environment (companies and startups), the public sector, academic institutions and the non-governmental sector to design a culture of innovation on a long term. The mission of Innovation Starter is for Bulgaria to become a leading European country in the field of innovation.

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Hanny Bratu
Hanny Bratu
Marketing & Fundraising manager WWF Romania
Cristina Țoncu
Cristina Țoncu
Program Director Techcelerator
Andrei Dudoiu
Andrei Dudoiu
Managing Partner SeedBlink
Adina Crețu
Adina Crețu
Director Programs & Entrepreneurial Growth Impact Hub
Vlad Gliga
Vlad Gliga
CEO Rubik Hub
Co-founder TCV
Mona Nicolici
Mona Nicolici
Sustainability & CSR Consultant
Laura Ciobanu
Laura Ciobanu
Sustenability Manager
EY România
Vlad Panait
Vlad Panait
Managing Partner & Founder
Sparking Capital VC
Ilinca Pandele
Ilinca Pandele
AHK Romania
Magor Csibi
Magor Csibi
Head of Leadership and Organizational Culture Practice
Trend Consult Group

Mentors

Paul Kallmes
Paul Kallmes
VC Fund Advisor & IP Consultant San Francisco
Oscar Kneppers
Oscar Kneppers
Investor & entrepreneur Amsterdam
Radu Păltineanu<
Radu Păltineanu
Explorer & speaker
Ela Asaftei
Ela Asaftei
Startup program manager
Răzvan Căpățână
Răzvan Căpățână
Angel investor
Valentin Țoc
Valentin Țoc
Startup program manager
Ionut Amariei
Ionuț Amariei
Startup program manager
Roxana Buzețelu
Roxana Buzețelu
Founder
Micile Bucurii
Ana-Maria Paraschiv
Ana-Maria Paraschiv
Expert Economie Circulară & Founder Ubuntu World
Nino Subotic
Nino Subotic
Accelerator Co-lead at Fast Track Malmo
Dr. Egbert Dommerholt
Dr. Egbert Dommerholt
Professor (Lector) Biobased Business Valorization @ International Business School| University of Applied Sciences Groningen
Kasia Zalewska
Kasia Zalewska
Partner @ Ragnarson
Karina Mereuta
Karina Mereuta
Co-Founder @ Fructify Network I Sustainability education & leadership I Social Impact Expert
Joel Larsson
Joel Larsson
General Partner @ Pale Blue Dot
Robert Cotună
Robert Cotună
Investments & New Partnerships Manager @Rubik Hub
Diana Stafie
Diana Stafie
Foresight Strategist @Future Station
Liviu Cadariu
Liviu Cadariu
Co-Founder @ We For Real, Program Manager @StepFWD
Liina Laas
Liina Laas
Head of Expansion Baltics at Deel
Founding Partner at The Better Fund