Entrepreneurial thinking needs to be fostered, that is why we  have created the Energy Capital Climate-KIC ‘Greenhouse’ Grants programme. The programme offers up to €2,500 in funding – for starting entrepreneurs who have a climate business idea and the motivation to make it happen.  We will support students and young professionals in the design of business models that test the commercial viability for their idea around climate mitigation and/or adaptation.

Led by the University of Birmingham and based within the Birmingham Energy Institute, the programme is delivered on behalf of the Energy Capital Partnership. It forms part of a suite of Climate-KIC funded programming that is being launched this summer to drive innovation in the low carbon space.

What does the programme offer?

In addition to grants funding, the ‘Greenhouse’ programme provides a focused programme of coaching, workshops and access to events and wider investment opportunities.

  • 4 teams up to 6 months support and €2,500 in funding to develop their business ideas and potentially, develop a prototype
  • Professional business coaching with expertise in supporting early stage business ideas on topics such as business modelling and pitching
  • Opportunity to develop a business model around your idea
  • Access to a motivated and dynamic community of like-minded individuals
  • Ways to measure climate relevance
  • Access to workspace and infrastructure

What is the application criteria?

Candidates are expected to come from a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary backgrounds. We accept both students and professionals, and offer equal opportunities to all nationalities, gender and age groups. Your idea and the right motivation is what counts.

Applications will be reviewed on the basis of:

  • Motivation
  • Suitability
  • Feasibility of business idea
  • Innovation potential
  • Climate impact
  • Strength of team
  • Quality of business pitch/communication.

How can the funding be used?

The funding can be used to support:

  • Actual costs relating to prototyping including (but not limited to): Materials; equipment necessary for building a prototype.
  • Coaching or services for the purpose of working on the business idea
  • Branding
  • Research costs
  • Reasonable travel and accommodation for team members for the purposes of carrying out research or work relating to the project (economy class only).


Teams will be based at the Bizz Inn, University of Birmingham’s Research Park.  Training will be delivered at the Bizz Inn and also at ICentrum in Birmingham City Centre.


This is a part-time programme that requires a 6 month commitment from July 2018.  The training offered will typically be delivered on week days.

The application process:

The application deadline is 27 June 2018.  After an initial review, selected applicants will then be invited to participate in an interview that is expected to be held on the 4th of July 2018. Successful teams will commence in the Greenhouse programme in July, and finish in December 2018.

To apply, please complete the following steps:

  • Visit: climate-kic.org/greenhouse
  • Click on: Sign in
  • Click Register to complete registration for a Climate-KIC ‘passport’ which allows you to benefit from its range of opportunities
  • Once registered and signed in to the website, click on ‘Greenhouse’
  • Click ‘Apply now’ and complete the application form
  • You can expect to be notified as to the outcome of your application in early July.

Further information:

For information in relation to the content of the programme and the application process contact: Kathy Jowitt (0203 770 8084 /Kathy.jowitt@climate-kic.org).

Greenhouse Flyer 2018 [PDF]