Welcome to Germany!

Pioneers into Practice is Climate-KIC’s flagship programme for professional education running in 20 European countries, and designed on an innovative learning framework. Pioneers identifies & connects people from across systems, equips participants with systems innovation understanding & skills, whilst also providing fresh perspectives and expertise for innovation to happen. It includes professionals & organisations from industry, small companies, universities, research institutes, municipalities, governance, and not-for-profit.

The Pioneers into Practice program Germany will be organized and conducted by the Provadis School of International Management and Technology for the eleventh time in 2020. It is very well connected in the Hesse region and has worked with many different partners in recent years, including Goethe University Frankfurt, Darmstadt Technical University, Infraserv Höchst, the Wuppertal Institute, various NGOs, start-ups from our Accelerator and public institutions in the region.

The programme starts with an eLearning on the topics of Systems Innovation and Transformation Thinking, thus providing the foundation for the project by giving you the tools you need. The Introductory Workshop (the week of June 8th - 12th , 2020) deepens these contents through interactive coaching and prepares Pioneers for their Placement in Germany or abroad. The Workshop is also the kick-off for a Group Project on practical and real-life challenges, provided and accompanied by so-called "Challenge Owners" and our Coaches. In light of the recent situation, the Introductory Workshop will be fully digital - there will be a series of online Modules throughout the week. The Placement in Germany or abroad will then follow in Autumn 2020 (September - November). As there might still be Travel or Health restrictions in place, digital Placements or not taking part in the Placements are also a posssibilities you have this year. To Match the Pioneers with the right Hosts, participants specify their desired goals and are assigned to one of around 350 projects acorss Europe accordingly. Following the 4-6 week Placement, a Final Workshop will be held in November to present the group projects and exchange experiences.  For the entire duration of the project the Pioneers will be supported with up to 1500€.

Hosts and Pioneers can apply via "How To Apply" until June 1st (Pioneers) and June 16th (Hosts), 2020. More information on the application-phase there, also be sure to find out more about our programme at Highlights and Case Studies. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Frankfurt team!