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Climate Technology Program

Climate Technology Program helps high-growth, clean-tech companies commercialize and scale the most innovative private sector solutions to climate change. Through its Climate Business Innovation Network, the program convenes local and global institutions to promote the diffusion of innovative business models across borders, crowd in public and private financing into climate innovation, share market insights, and build and strengthen local clean-tech-supporting institutions, such as the Climate Innovation Centers.

WHERE WE WORK

We work with incubators, accelerators, and green institutions around the world. Explore the map for an overview of our country activities.

WHAT WE DO

Publications

Much of the emphasis on climate change has been on urging countries to act to avoid environmental catastrophe. This new report frames responding to climate change as an extraordinary economic opportunity, particularly in developing countries. The report, published by infoDev, a global...

The Climate Technology Program reviewed case studies of public programs that aimed to support green technology entrepreneurs. It found that an innovation strategy based on technology absorption and the adaptation of existing business models may offer a less capital- and time-intensive pathway to...

Green sectors, such as renewable energy and sustainable agriculture, are some of the most important economic sectors for meeting the targets agreed in the Paris Climate Accord, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and realizing overall development gains in the coming decades....

The climate entrepreneurship ecosystem in Morocco has developed, and all the structures necessary for nurturing not only entrepreneurship but specifically climate entrepreneurship, have reached a ‘start-up’ stage. However, the overall support environment in the country requires more targeted...

Crowdfunding offers a new alternative to address the financing needs of capital-intensive clean technology businesses in developing countries. To better understand crowdfunding’s potential and limitations, the World Bank Group’s Climate Technology Program interviewed a number of...

The Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) is a clean technology business incubation center established by the World Bank Group’s Climate Technology Program to support Kenya’s green enterprises. Launched in 2012, the KCIC was the first ever climate innovation center (CIC) to be...

In Brief No3 Connecting Green Technology Entrepreneurs

What is the role that connections can play in helping green entrepreneurs innovate and scale in developing countries? Based on a review of recent literature and 14 case studies of different programs, public programs should: (i) place the entrepreneur at the center of the innovation...

Climate Technology Program | In Brief no.4 | Adapting Global Entrepreneurship Acceleration Models to Clean Tech in Developing Countries: The Ghana Climate Innovation Center

In Ghana, the World Bank Group is showing that a business development model that grew out of Silicon Valley can be applied to clean technology business incubation in developing countries. A business “accelerator” exercise brought together a cohort of seven competitively selected firms as part of...

Bringing Climate Opportunities to Entrepreneurs: Lessons Learned from the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center

The Caribbean Climate Innovation Center was launched in January 2014 to help local companies build their businesses in climate-related sectors. In a region with great vulnerability to climate change—and very high energy costs—new clean technologies hold tremendous promise. This In Brief draws...

Creating a Hub, Creating a Buzz: How to Attract the Best and Brightest for Climate Innovation in Developing Countries

As activity ramps up in climate innovation for developing countries, organizations are finding that attracting quality talent and companies to such efforts is both a key success factor and one of the most intractable challenges in nascent clean tech sectors. Boosting the profile of an...

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A great number of clean energy, water supply, and climate-smart agriculture business models are emerging to address climate challenges in developing countries. While encouraging, many of these businesses lack the access to appropriate early stage patient and risk financing, as well as bespoke...

Climate Technology Program - In Brief 8 - Can Outcome-Based Financing Catalyze Early Stage Investments in Green Small and Growing Businesses - Lessons from South Africa - cover

Access to appropriate financing is often cited as one of the biggest challenges to scaling small businesses. This is a particularly critical problem in climate-related sectors, where risks are perceived as higher by many potential investors. In South Africa, the World Bank Group’s Climate...

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