A new Climate Accelerator will start in Cambridge in January 2022, working with start-ups who have innovative solutions for addressing the climate emergency.
Allia is first UK partner of Europe’s leading climate innovation initiative to run Climate Accelerator
Allia is the first UK partner of EIT Climate-KIC to run a six-month intensive Accelerator offering climate tech founders the opportunity to develop their start-ups and tackle the critical mission of the climate crisis. The programme team are looking to recruit start-ups that have innovative solutions demonstrating potential for scalable impact, be it in carbon removal, adaptation, an enabling technology or a relevant social or environmental enterprise.
EIT Climate-KIC is the EU’s main climate innovation initiative, supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), and works with more than 450 global partners to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon, climate-resilient society. For over 22 years, Allia has supported small businesses to grow and thrive, helping them to create greater positive impact for people, place and planet. Its Impact Accelerator has successfully run in both Cambridge and London for five years, helping hundreds of start-ups to scale, develop and amplify their impact.
Tapping into an extensive bank of resources, knowledge and the international community of EIT Climate-KIC, Allia’s Climate Accelerator will provide 6 months of intensive coaching and mentoring from industry experts and specialist workshops, plus the tools and methodologies for estimating and validating climate impact. Most importantly, the Accelerator will enable introductions to a global network of investors, supporters and partners. The programme will culminate in a pitch day where the founders will present to a judging panel and audience of entrepreneurs, industry leaders and funders.
Christian Daube, Strategic Programmes Builder, ClimAccelerator Community said, “We are delighted to be partnering with Allia to deliver the Climate Accelerator in Cambridge next year, to engage the brightest and best solutions to the climate crisis from the east of the UK.”
Emma Mee, Allia’s Cambridge Programme Manager said, “This is a great opportunity to work in collaboration with other climate accelerators all over the world to bring crucial solutions for the climate crisis to market. I'm excited to get started and look forward to receiving applications from start-ups ranging from regenerative agriculture to fintech platforms and many other sector solutions that want to work together.”
Andrew Brisbin, Head of Venture Support at Allia added, “Thrilled to be working with the ClimAccelerator because the crisis we are facing today cannot be resolved by one single individual or organisation. The founders we’ll work with will be able to build on a global network of resources and partners to accelerate their solutions to the climate emergency.”
Allia was awarded funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) last year to support hundreds of local businesses across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The new funding enables Allia to deliver free programmes in both locations until June 2023. Through the programmes, Allia aims to encourage and support entrepreneurship in the area, encouraging new impact products and services to be developed, creating new jobs and supporting the development of new business ideas that can transform into successful businesses.
For more information about the Climate Accelerator, and to apply please go to https://bit.ly/ClimAcc
Allia Future Business Centres offers flexible workspace and a vibrant community for small businesses who are creating change. Allia Impact runs free business support programmes and innovative funded projects. Both are dedicated to supporting businesses to thrive, grow and create jobs, so that they can make a positive impact on their community, as well as addressing social and environmental global challenges.
EIT Climate-KIC is a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC), working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon, climate-resilient society. Supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, it identifies and supports innovation that helps society mitigate and adapt to climate change. The organisation believes that a decarbonised, sustainable economy is not only necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change but presents a wealth of opportunities for business and society.
ERDF – Allia’s business support programmes in Cambridge and Peterborough have received funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.
For programme enquiries about the Climate Accelerator, please contact Andrew Brisbin, Head of Venture Support Programmes firstname.lastname@example.org or Emma Mee, Cambridge Programme Manager email@example.com
Allia is a not-for-profit organisation that supports businesses - through flexible workspace, social finance and free business support - so that they can grow and create positive impact, on their communities and on the planet.