BUILD YOUR VENTURE, REDUCE HUMANITY’S CARBON EMISSIONS
Carbon13’s next venture builder is now open for new applications
Carbon13 is the venture builder for the climate emergency.
We are selecting and supporting 1000 entrepreneurs over 5 years who will build scalable ventures with the potential to reduce carbon emissions by over 400 million tonnes. Join our programme. Become a founder and reduce carbon emissions.
Goal of the Venture Builder Programme
- Find a purpose-driven technical or commercial cofounder
- Develop your idea for maximum impact on decarbonisation
- Join the ecosystem of hundreds of domain experts, Net Zero entrepreneurs, corporate partners, and investors
- Pitch for pre-seed investment and develop a fundraising strategy
Structure of the Venture Builder
During the first two phases, you as an individual receive a stipend of £1,000 a month. After three months, at the end of the second phase, your team pitches for an investment of a net £75,000. It’s an intense programme, dedicated to one purpose: helping you take your potential and talent and turn it into a scalable venture that can significantly reduce carbon emissions by delivering solutions to customers—whether consumers or enterprises.
Phase 1: Teaming (six weeks)
Phase 1 focuses on Teaming. You match with cofounders to form a team capable of building a game-changing venture which can reduce carbon emissions by millions of tonnes.
Only founders on the programme who successfully complete Phase 1 by forming a team will continue to Phase 2: Validation.
Phase 2: Ideation and Validation (two months)
Phase 2 focuses on building proof points around the venture—especially its customers, the problem you are solving, and your value proposition.
At the end of Phase 2, teams who have met our criteria for progress become eligible to present to the Investment Committee, who will decide which ventures receive a net £75,000 and continue to Phase 3.
Phase 3: Acceleration (four months)
Once you are in Phase 3, Carbon13 has invested in you and is your business partner. We work with an incredible network of enablers in Cambridge and with our corporate and financial partners, to help you build customer traction and momentum for your venture, including preparing a funding strategy for post-Carbon13 life and helping you bring in the next round of finance.
We strongly believe that startup innovation is necessary to save the planet. Everyone who has the talent to make a difference to the climate emergency should be channelling that talent into the one great effort that humanity most needs.
Without entrepreneurs, we won’t get enough innovation to solve this problem and we won’t get it fast enough. This is what drives everyone at Carbon13, and has led us to create the venture builder to support entrepreneurs to achieve the high growth ventures that can make a meaningful impact on carbon emissions.