Let's scale your cleantech startup

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What we believe

We believe that in the future, cleantech will be thought of in the way we view software today—not as something separate, but as an ecological mean to accomplish sustainability goals for any industry or organization. At its core, sustainability is about using resources more efficiently—a goal of any well-run business. Although cleantech companies today fall into many categories, they can be applied to any business sector. In general, we are interested in companies who work with deep technology and new science, anything from IoT sensors over blockchain to AI and advanced materials.

We are especially working in the domains of Sustainable Infrastructure, Advanced Mobility, Air and Environment, Energy Efficiency, Industrial IoT & Software, Power Infrastructure, Smart Grid, Renewable Energy, Water, Smart Building and Smart City.

What you get

6 to 8 months of intensive business training from experienced consultants with industry expertise

Unique access to corporate partners such as NRGi

Tailored learning labs and workshops where you will get intensive training designed to maximize your business potential

Mentoring from Danish cleantech ecosystem experts

Potential follow-up investment from Accelerace or our partners

Founders pack with resources and tools worth EUR 50,000+ from Amazon, Microsoft, Hubspot and many more

Access to leading corporates

The Belgian electricity transmission system operator Elia and Accelerace have joined forces to nurture innovations and help ambitious European start-ups to grow in the high voltage electricity sector. Strategic Partnership Manager Manoël Rekinger from Elia says: “Driven by the growth of renewable energy sources and the rise of digital technologies, the energy landscape is in transformation. Tomorrow, the consumer will have an ever more active role to play as a ‘prosumer’. This will offer opportunities to existing but also new actors. By joining forces, Elia and Accelerace aim to provide the necessary support and technical expertise to nurture innovations and help start-ups grow in the electricity sector.” Read more about the project in our Accelerace news section
Enel and Accelerace collaborate to accelerate European smart energy startups through the INCENSE program. We selected and worked with 42 startups and more than 13 startups have initiated collaborations with Enel.
  Accelerace delivers venture scouting services to NRGi finding technology-driven startups that will apply new technology focus to the NRGi company portfolio. Our innovation service also includes impact analyses of the specific technologies and, ultimately, the facilitation between the startups and NRGi.

...And amazing mentors!

Managing Director, Cleantech Scandinavia

Magnus Agerström

Board Member & Former CEO AH Industries

Knud Andersen

Managing Director, Danish Intelligent Energy Alliance

Helle Juhler-Verdoner

Board Member & former CEO in Velux

Jørgen Tang-Jensen


Søren Sørensen

Board Member, Vestas

Carsten Bjerg

Chairman and Investor

Torben Bjerre-Madsen

Head of Innovation, Elia

Menno Janssens


The right product
It has to be more than just an idea. Think of it as a qualified pitch presentation to get investors interested in your startup. You must have a proof-of-concept or a MVP (minimum viable product) but we strongly prefer if you already have a product on the market.
The right team
Participating startups must have minimum of two full-time founders that are 100% focused on the core idea. They must be able to receive coaching and mentoring in English and stay committed to realizing their business goals. We are looking for visionary entrepreneurs with ambitions to change the future.

The team

Partner & Investment Manager
M: +45 25458430

Claus Kristensen

Business Accelerator & Investment Manager
M: +45 30897869

Jes Nordentoft

Business Accelerator & Investment Manager
M: +45 21592535

Oliver Repenning

"Accelerace has proven that they can open doors that we cannot even find. They have connections that would take us months and months to reach. It has definitely helped us become sharper on our business model and sales strategy as well as our profile, and that really helps when you have to network and attract people”  

CEO & Founder

Toke Reedtz

“Driven by the growth of renewable energy sources and the rise of digital technologies, the energy landscape is in transformation. Tomorrow, the consumer will have an ever more active role to play as a ‘prosumer’. This will offer opportunities to existing but also new actors.   By joining forces, Elia and Accelerace aim to provide the necessary support and technical expertise to nurture innovations and help start-ups grow in the electricity sector.”

Manoël Rekinger

Strategic Partnership Manager Elia

"Enel and Accelerace had the opportunity to collaborate in the implementation of the INCENSe program, a European accelerator funded by the European Commission. The collaboration was great, as the startups selected received a really valuable support and were well prepared to get in touch with Enel’s business lines to implement their solutions."

Luca Seletto

Head of Startup Initiatives Enel

"We have gained valuable experience by working with our own company during the 8 camps in the program. Working on your own company with lectures and mentoring from some of the best is a unique opportunity."

Casper Harlev, CEO Sensohive

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Is it possible to include patent fees in the application?
Yes, you can attach documents to your application. If you scroll down the application page (For startups/Apply) you will be able to attach files. All your documents and other details will be kept confidential.
What stage should the participating startups be at?
It depends a little on technology and market, but from the level of MVP, prototype or more. Our focus is market development.
What is the outline of the contents of the program?
Our program is 100% flexible, individualized and efficient and designed around the challenges that companies at your stage experience. The content is centered around learning labs, workshops, mentoring and coaching that are tailored to your needs. We're a specialized scaling platform rather than a traditional acceleration program.
Do I need to relocate my company to Denmark to participate?
No. You don't necessarily need to relocate since we can do the mentoring remotely. However, you do need to register your company in Denmark (CVR number) and have some activity here e.g. participating in camps and client or investor meetings.
Do you help with the relocation?
If you do wish to relocate to Copenhagen, we will help you with administrative tasks, logistics, discounts and help you get in touch with the right people.
I’ve already participated in other programs – why should I join yours?
Well, it's up to you - however here are the most obvious 5 reasons: 1) We focus on late stage startups that are already on the market and we help them scale. Most other programs are incubators or early stage accelerators. 2) We match you directly with our leading corporate partners that are interested in your technology and which in return will offer your know-how, insights and expertise. 3) You'll get an extra ressource on your team and not just a mentor giving you ad hoc advices.  Our business accelerators & investors spend 180 hours with your startup. Now that's really something. 4) Think of it as a shortcut to the Northern European markets. Not only is our startup tech scene vibrant and booming, but we also offer a  hotbed for clean tech, food and life science and a gateway to the Nordic countries. Denmark is home to 22% of the scaleups in the Nordics – and together the Nordic countries have almost 6 times as many scaleups as the average country in continental Europe, and 9 times more than in Southern Europe. 5) Denmark is one of the most digitalized and innovative countries in Europe. Our bustling, creative startup scene has fostered some of the world’s most successful tech companies and disruptive startups within AI, big data, block chain, healthtech and IoT.
Do you take equity?
We don’t take equity in your startup. We do however include a tag-along right, so we have a right to invest if you find a co investor (up to DKK 0,5 mio.)
How are you funded?
Our program is partly funded by the Danish Government and leading Danish and International corporates with the goal to attract startup talents and create growth.
How much time should I expect to spend on the program?
Our program is designed around challenges that companies at your stage experiences. Consider spending about 4-8 hours per week in average, plus time do business development related efforts with the corporate partners. This factor varies from company to company.

Our cleantech alumni

Power Market
PowerMarket provides global intelligence solutions using downstream satellite data and Advanced AI, technology researched and developed with the University of Oxford and European Space Agency.
Airplant increases the air purification capacity of a single plant up to 10 times. This is done by combining nature with technology enhancing the performance of the plant.
Bettergy is an organization committed to a change of the current energy model. Creating innovative global technological solutions, offering an excellent service to customers, respecting people and seeking excellence in any project undertaken.
Vertikal AI
Vertikal AI is an industrial artificial intelligence software company specialized in advanced machine learning algorithms for asset condition monitoring.
NovoGrid enables electric utilities and renewable generators manage increasingly complex power grids in real-time.
Upteko develops drones for offshore operations.
Linc provides an end-to-end hardware and software solution for real-time monitoring and control of energy systems in any building.
Loxar provides an airborne cargo service that moves spare and maintenance parts from ship or from shore to offshore wind turbines.
Urban Water
Urban Water
Urban Water protects your home when the storms are raging.