Climateers secures EXIST funding

Climateers secures EXIST funding


climateers, a sustainable living app start-up, secures EXIST funding

Berlin entrepreneurs, climateers, assisted by CODE University, has successfully applied and received an EXIST Business Start-up grant.

The awarding of the grant will enable the team of three founders, Nick Wüsthoff (CEO), Elias Wolf (CTO) and Nicola Reynolds (CMO), to work full-time on bringing their ‘game-changing’ app to market. The app is designed to empower individuals, working together in groups, to reduce their personal carbon emissions, by illustrating the carbon impact of simple daily choices. The scientific-based app combines behavioral change and realignment of social norms with gamification.

The idea for a behavior change app was discovered during Nick’s bachelor thesis while at CODE University, Berlin.  The University encouraged the further development of the idea and was instrumental in supporting and guiding climateers through the application process.  They will continue to act as mentor and supporter during the EXIST funding period.

The highly competitive and demanding application process for the EXIST grant took six months to complete and saw the climateers business idea and plan assessed and examined by the project management organisation at EXIST.  The grant will provide vital funding to climateers throughout 2021.

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About climateers

climateers is a newly founded start-up from Berlin born out of a desire to tackle climate change.  Our mission is to bring people together and encourage sustainable behavior.  We are fundamentally a socially-conscious company who believe that stimulating long lasting, sustainable value and positive impact are a better focus than purely financial profit. With our app, we aim to stop the current destruction of our planet.  climateers is part of the Climate-KIC Accelerator programme. 

About CODE University

CODE is a state-accredited private University of Applied Sciences in Berlin that offers three Bachelor’s Degree programs: Software Engineering, Interaction Design, and Product Management. As an international and inclusive learning environment, CODE aims to attract digital pioneers from all over the world and empower them to live up to their full potential. CODE stimulates transformative innovation by fostering creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and curiosity-driven learning in a community setting. Personal development is an essential part of CODE’s educational approach. Therefore, through the Science, Technology & Society program, the digital pioneers of tomorrow are equipped with the tools they need to perform to their highest potential. Developing interpersonal skills allows CODE students to bring not just technical know-how and social awareness to their work, but also thoughtful self-expression, mindful team interactions, and professional behaviors.

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About EXIST 

The EXIST Startup program is powered by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy and the European Social Fund (ESF) and aims to provide the tools to create startup ideas and to implement them in a business plan.  The grant provides financial support to help startups to implement their ideas both technically and entrepreneurially, and to prepare for a successful entry into the market. The teams are supported through funding of living expenses, material resources for the project, and comprehensive coaching.


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