While the Global South is particularly vulnerable to the extensive impacts of climate change, it also has fast-growing climate start-up ecosystems that are addressing these challenges with technology. Therefore, we focus on catalysing start-ups and young companies in developing and emerging markets, particularly in Latin America and West Africa. Our approach involves providing funding, knowledge resources and access to networks of domain experts, mentors and investors.
We are committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) throughout our programmes and trainings, and we prioritise the assessment of environmental, social and governance (ESG) impacts of the climate tech solutions we support.
Through our Climathons, pre-accelerator and accelerator programmes, we empower ideators, entrepreneurs and start-ups to develop innovative ideas and climate tech solutions and scale their ventures. We provide them with the financial, technical and mentoring support they need. We also collaborate with incubators, accelerators, venture capitalists, policymakers and other stakeholders to boost investments, drive dialogue and foster resilient climate innovation ecosystems.
Cintia Lozano Duque
Julia Rueda Alvarez
Erika Sanchez Herrera
Israel Núñez Birrueta
CATAL1.5°T is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in cooperation with top-tier global and regional partners. It is funded by the international Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Regional platforms are operated by partner networks consisting of leading start-up incubators and accelerators, as well as local teams of GIZ and EIT Climate-KIC.
Investisseurs & Partenaires Entrepreneurs & Développement (IPED) is part of Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P), a pioneering impact investment group dedicated to financing and supporting small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Tecnológico de Monterrey is a leading Mexican private and non-profit university committed to higher technological education in Latin America. Tec’s world-class Eugenio Garza Lagüera Entrepreneurship Institute operates various entrepreneurship and venture-building programmes.
EIT Climate-KIC is Europe’s leading climate innovation agency, supporting cities, regions, countries and industries to meet their climate ambitions through systems innovation.
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH provides worldwide services in international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work. With its partners, GIZ develops effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions.
The Initiative is is funded by the international Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in cooperation with top-tier global and regional partners.