Climate-KIC Accelerator Spain 2017 selected, among more than 80 Spanish proposals, the best innovative solutions to mitigate the effects of global warming and to promote the green economy.
Climate-KIC Accelerator, the best Clean Tech accelerator of the European Union, presented at the Botanical Garden of Valencia the best Spanish start-ups based on clean technologies and actions for climate in 2017.
These 15 young innovative companies were selected between more than 80 proposals received from all over Spain to access phase 1 of the fourth edition of the Climate-KIC Startup Accelerator Spain programme, which is growing since the number of proposals received is the double of the ones received the previous edition.
The act, which was opened by the Director-General of Climate-KIC Spain, José Luis Muñoz, was attended by different representatives of the Spanish ecosystem of innovation for the climate change, of public bodies and private companies, of the main agents about sustainability as well as by the partners of Climate-KIC in Spain.
The Director-General of Climate-KIC underlined the high level of all the proposals submitted to the call of this year, so that the selection of only fifteen proposals “was very difficult”, he said. Anyway, he added that “the high participation in the call shows the great talent of the young Spanish entrepreneurs which, with the technical and economic support of programmes such as Climate-KIC Accelerator, allows positioning our country at the top of the global market of companies which provides services of innovative technology linked to the environment and the fight against global warming”.
The 15 Spanish start-ups selected come from all over Spain. There are representatives of Catalonia, Navarre, Madrid, Aragon, Balearic Islands and the Valencian Community. Half of them submitted proposals to make industrial processes more sustainable, efficient, clean and environmentally friendly. Among them, there are new technologies such as Hydraredox from Aragon, which stores energy on a large scale through a new technology, vanadium redox, combinable with renewable energies, or AgropestAlert from Navarre, with an early-detection system of pests based on the Internet of Things (IoT Solution) aimed at reducing the use of pesticide.
Buy maybe one of the most innovative and impressive start-ups is Eusoloop from Valencia, initially created by only five students of the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, which propose the high-speed train of the future with the maximization of energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy. They designed a train driven by compressed air through a magnetic levitation system. The team is supported by the awards received in 2016 in Texas for two categories of the Hyperloop competition launched by the owner of the electric vehicle brand Tesla, Elon Musk.
Phase 1 and Climate-KIC Start-up Accelerator
This first phase is for those companies which need the support of Climate-KIC experts for the definition of the business model, for an economy support, for training and monitoring, because of their emerging degree of development. The selected companies will start tomorrow at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia with the firs sessions to define their client profile and to adapt the product or service they offer to a proper business model.
Matters such as energy, waste management, sustainable building, agriculture, trade, industry or sustainable cities, among others, are topics which are included in these sessions to drive these companies towards a new low-carbon economy.
At the end of June, phase 1 will finish while phase 2 call will be open for other start-ups with a higher degree of development. Phase 2 will stay open until December, since the entire programme has a duration of 18 months. In addition, the Start-up Accelerator programme of Climate-KIC allows contacting with the greatest clean tech innovation network of the European Union, with more than 200 public and private partners, as well as giving access to specialized investors and to an exchanging programme with accelerators of New York, Singapore, Dubai or Paris.
In the previous three editions of the programme in Spain, Climate-KIC Start-up Accelerator trained 216 entrepreneurs, it launched 69 start-ups to the market and it created more than 50 jobs.
Supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), Climate-KIC Start-up Accelerator offers coaching, advisory and international masterclasses. The programme is open to teams with at least 2 entrepreneurs willing to create a company in 2017, young companies of up to 3 years or SMEs of any sector working with new products, services, business models and/or technologies able to mitigate the environmental impact.
Climate-KIC is the EU’s largest public private partnership addressing climate change through innovation to build a zero carbon economy. We address climate change across four priority themes: the improvement of the way of life in urban cities and areas, the optimization of the use of land and its resources to produce the food people need, a sustainable production system in industry to create the products required for a better living environment, the collection of data for climate metrics and finance.
Education is at the heart of these themes to inspire and empower the next generation of climate leaders. We run programmes for students, start-ups and innovators across Europe supporting the development of a society fighting against the climate change. Climate-KIC is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.
Climate KIC integrates scientific and academic talent with companies and entrepreneurs, and it involves public entities to facilitate innovation and new advances.
Climate-KIC has currently its centers in France (Paris), Germany (Frankfurt and Berlin), Netherlands (Utrecht), Switzerland (Zurich), Denmark (Copenhagen), UK (London and Birmingham), Hungary (Budapest), Italy (Bologna), Poland (Wroclaw) and Spain (Valencia).