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Climate-KIC, the EU’s main climate innovation initiative, has been shortlisted in the Communicating Sustainability and Collaboration categories of the 2016 Guardian Sustainable Business Awards. - March 18, 2016
A 24-hour global Climathon is set to coincide with the much anticipated environmental encyclical by Pope Francis on 18 June. The hackathon-style event will bring together citizens across six continents to find local climate change solutions. - June 17, 2015
Europe's ClimateLaunchpad 2015 is now open for applications. Students, start-ups, entrepreneurs, researchers and employees dreaming of starting their own business are invited to submit their cleantech ideas. All entries are judged on their impact on climate change, their growth potential and on skills and enthusiasm. - February 23, 2015
Bertrand van Ee, CEO of Climate-KIC, the EU’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on mitigating and adapting to climate change, has called on innovators and entrepreneurs to step up their “open innovation” efforts to bring down CO2 emission levels, boost the clean... - November 17, 2014
Winning hydro-powered floating irrigation system can increase crop yield up to 5 times and replace diesel-powered systems. Finals ceremony at Climate-KIC’s annual Innovation Festival the last stage in programme that has provided a total of €425,000 in funding to European clean-tech start-ups. Winners selected for their ability to transform clean-tech ideas into commercial success and bring down CO2 levels. - November 03, 2014
Bertrand van Ee, CEO of Climate-KIC, Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on mitigating and adapting to climate change, says we can promote the high-level skills needed for the world’s next, low carbon, economy and create jobs for generations to come. - November 02, 2014
Overall the competition provides a total of €425,000 in funding to EU start-ups to further develop their ventures; Participating companies capable of delivering global impact on sustainability by transforming cleantech ideas into commercial success; Finalists include an app to help electric vehicles locate charging points, an aquaculture and hydroponics system for sustainable urban farms, and a technology that transforms vibrations into electricity. - October 15, 2014
At the R20 World Summit of Regions for Climate in Paris on 10-11 October, CEO Bertrand van Ee of the EU's main climate innovation initiative Climate-KIC will call for more cross-sector initiatives to enable integrated climate change innovation focused on meeting the environmental challenges faced by our urban areas. - October 10, 2014
A new online meter combines a live data feed drawing on European data, updated regularly to show the precise level of CO2 in the earth’s atmosphere today, and comparison tools to show how CO2 levels have changed over time. - October 06, 2014
Investment highlights increased trend for investor engagement in a more diverse range of "Cleantech 2.0" technologies; 45 start-ups are latest success stories of Climate-KIC’s unique Accelerator; now supporting over 120 cleantech start-ups in Europe every year; Climate-KIC’s 2014 Venture Competition later in October will recognise the rising stars of European cleantech. - October 02, 2014
The Start-up Tour to Silicon Valley and the Boston area plays a crucial role in the growth of a global community of cleantech entrepreneurs and innovators and coincides with the release of Climate-KIC’s "Future of Cleantech" report which highlights new opportunities for investors and calls for greater cross border collaboration and "co-opetition" to help climate innovators and entrepreneurs reach their potential. - September 08, 2014
Nearly 300 students from 40 countries, representing 71 disciplines, will today embark on Europe’s largest climate change education programme – the Climate-KIC summer school. The five week-long course will offer a unique combination of academic study and real-world business experience with the aim of creating the climate change leaders of tomorrow. - July 07, 2014
Climate-KIC, the EU’s main climate innovation initiative, and Berlin’s public transport company BVG have teamed up for the Open Innovation Slam 2014 competition. - July 03, 2014
Climate-KIC, the EU’s main climate innovation initiative, is set to kick-off its activities in Sweden this week with a conference at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. Climate-KIC’s expansion into Sweden comes as it is scaling up its presence across Europe this year. The organisation has recently unveiled a series of new climate change related innovation programmes worth over €100 million. - June 10, 2014
Climate-KIC, the EU’s main climate innovation initiative, will highlight new developments in Europe’s on-going transition to a low-carbon economy on World Environment Day, 5 June, in Brussels this week. A Climate-KIC delegation will discuss innovative technologies and new opportunities for European collaboration to confront the climate change challenge in a series of roundtable discussions and workshops. - June 04, 2014
Climate-KIC, the EU’s main climate innovation initiative, has kicked-off Europe’s largest business idea competition, CleanLaunchpad. Aspiring entrepreneurs across ten European countries will compete for three places in the world’s largest climate-specific start-up accelerator, Climate-KIC... - June 03, 2014
Climate-KIC, the European Union’s main climate innovation initiative, and the Lower Silesia region in Poland will coordinate their multi-million dollar investment programmes to support the transition to a low-carbon economy. Climate-KIC has announced a ground-breaking agreement with the Lower... - May 29, 2014
12 of Europe’s most promising cleantech start-ups to explore business opportunities in one of world’s biggest hotbeds for climate innovation. - May 22, 2014
Climate-KIC to unveil multimillion investment for long-term programmes at European Business Summit. - May 14, 2014
Responding to the UN report on climate change mitigation, European innovators working across a range of climate innovation disciplines are stressing that major efforts are well under way in Europe. - April 15, 2014
Mary Ritter, CEO of the EU's main climate innovation initiative Climate-KIC, calls for greater collaboration between the private, public and academic sectors to develop new solutions to stop further climate change. - April 15, 2014
The CEO of Europe's main climate innovation initiative, Climate-KIC, has announced that her organisation has prioritised the development of practical collaboration with China, following a joint declaration by the leaders of the EU and China. - April 04, 2014
Climate-KIC innovators have responded to the release of this week's IPCC climate change report by highlighting the business opportunities of climate adaptation, in addition to mitigation. - April 03, 2014
In a major push for a cleaner economy, the EU commissioner for Climate Action, has opened a new Nordic centre for Europe’s main climate innovation initiative, Climate-KIC. - April 02, 2014
The European Union’s main climate innovation initiative Climate-KIC has stepped up its efforts in 2014 to leverage the combined strength of Europe’s top businesses, scientists and policy makers to manage the impact of global warming and stop further climate change. - March 22, 2014
Speaking at the European Parliament, CEO Mary Ritter of the EU's main climate innovation initiative said Europe needs to leverage its combined expertise on climate change mitigation and adaptation to compete globally on energy efficiency. - March 21, 2014
The EU’s main climate innovation initiative Climate-KIC and regional research and innovation network ERRIN have signed a memorandum of understanding at the Committee of the Regions, agreeing to develop joint activities and share information. - March 21, 2014
British clean-tech start-ups have won prizes worth €20.000 each this month in an award-scheme supported by the EU’s main climate innovation initiative, Climate-KIC. - February 22, 2014
Mary Ritter, Chief Executive Officer of the European Union’s main climate innovation initiative Climate-KIC, was presented with an OBE for services to scientific research and innovation by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace, coinciding with a series of extreme weather events across the UK. - February 16, 2014
New predictive technologies have been developed in what is hailed as the most significant development in the modelling of financial losses as a result of natural catastrophes for 20 years. - February 08, 2014
The EU commissioner for Climate Action will open Climate-KIC's new Denmark-based centre on 7 February 2014, allowing Nordic start-up entrepreneurs, businesses, climate professionals, students and government officials to join the European partnership to work on climate change adaptation and mitigation solutions. - January 29, 2014
The Chief Executive Officer of the EU's main climate innovation initiative has been awarded an OBE for services to scientific research and innovation by Queen Elizabeth II. - January 10, 2014
A start-up supported by Climate-KIC, the EU's main climate innovation initiative, is helping to supply Syrian refugees with solar-based light and power this winter. Access to light and power is critical for refugees in Syria, where seven million are estimated to have fled their homes because of the... - December 21, 2013
European start-ups have dominated this year’s Cleantech Open Gobal Ideas Competition in Silicon Valley last month. All three winning start-ups are supported by Climate-KIC, the European Union’s main climate innovation initiative. - December 13, 2013
E-volo’s Volocopter – supported by Climate-KIC, the EU’s main climate innovation initiative - is safer, simpler, and cleaner than normal helicopters. Instead of one combustion engine, eighteen electrically driven rotors propel it. - December 08, 2013
The first group of graduates from a new pan-European climate-change innovation master’s programme are being awarded their degrees this year. The programme provides a new generation of students with the skills to bring climate innovations to market. - December 06, 2013
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