Solar Impulse network joins EIT Climate-KIC to accelerate innovation

08.08.2018 09:05
Solar Impulse solar plane

EIT Climate-KIC and the Solar Impulse Foundation seek to scale up the development and investment in climate solutions. Both organisations support a growing network of entrepreneurs and change-makers in the field of cleantech and climate innovation.

EIT Climate-KIC is Europe’s main climate innovation initiative. Since 2010, the program has helped its start-ups raise €550 million in external investment, incubated more than 1000 climate-positive companies and created 2240 jobs through its start-up community, which also includes Swiss startups such as Carbon Delta, Climeworks and rePATRN,KOMP-ACT, MeduSoil among others.

On the other hand, Solar Impulse Foundation is the team behind the world’s first round-the-world solar-powered flight. The World Alliance for Efficient Solutions, established by the Solar Impulse Foundation, brings together those involved in developing, financing or promoting products, services, processes and technologies, before selecting 1000 of the most promising ones for presenting to governments, businesses and institutions to encourage them to adopt higher ambitious environmental targets and energy policies.

The two partners will support each other’s regional and international initiatives, with the aim of enhancing the impact of clean, smart and energy efficient technologies. They will share their innovator and entrepreneur networks, and support the development of technologies with the potential to tackle climate change systemically, efficiently and profitably.

EIT Climate-KIC believes the technologies it supports through its Accelerator Programme can benefit from the pioneers behind the Solar Impulse. The Swiss branch of Climate-KIC will also benefit from the partnership.

They will also support each other’s work by active involvement at their respective high-profile events, including the Climate Innovation Summit 2018, which will connect policymakers, businesses, start-ups, entrepreneurs, investors and academics, enabling them to share best practice and create the opportunities to scale-up the solutions that accelerate climate action.

(Press release/ran)

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