Sponsoring Agency: University of Cambridge
Type of Fund: Accelerator, Incubation, Mentorship and/or Training
Deadline Available: Available
Deadline Date (mm/dd/yyyy): 05/23/2021
Size of the Fund: Not Available
Virtual Accelerator programme to support established SMEs with high impact potential for enabling the net zero transition, accelerating their pathway towards commercial success and increasing their all-round sustainability.
For a successful transition to net zero, they need both to propel forward innovative, scalable, decarbonising technologies and to ensure that they are sustainable throughout the supply chain. The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) Accelerator is uniquely positioned to foster competitive, sustainability-led, growth-driven companies.
This programme is designed for scaling up companies with novel technology-based products that have rapid market adoption and high impact potential for the net zero transition. The priority technology areas are renewable energy generation, distribution, storage, demand reduction, efficiency and electrification of energy use.
Through its workshops and dedicated mentoring support, the programme aims to help participants accelerate the growth of their ventures and to make their products and operations more sustainable. This will maximise their opportunities arising from increasingly sustainability-driven markets.
The accelerator programme is devised around five core topics: sustainability, lean start-up, intellectual property rights, access to finance and pitching.
The ten-week programme is divided into two parts with a four-week break in August. It will be delivered virtually by a dedicated team from CISL, with experts from the industry, academia, investment and entrepreneurial communities. The programme will provide weekly one-to-one mentoring and culminates in a demo day event. For qualifying cohort members, the second part of the programme will include a consultancy project — carried out by a student team and led by a mentor — to find a solution to an issue specific to the participating company.
Who should apply
Growth-driven SMEs at the early stage of market entry or the piloting stage, based in England.
An applicant SME must:
• have a viable technology-based product with a high impact potential for net zero transition
• be at the early stage of market entry or the piloting stage
• have already secured external funding
• employ full-time staff.
Ten-week online Accelerator programme divided into two parts, with a four-week break in August. 3-4 hours per week, with additional hours for ongoing 1-2-1 mentoring and optional virtual networking events.
More information at: https://www.cisl.cam.ac.uk/work-with-us/accelerator-and-sustainability-hub/accelerator-to-net-zero