Cambridge Cleantech Delivers ‘Cutting Edge’ Business Support Programme for Indian Start-ups

 

Article Written by Satyajit Mohanan

 

Cambridge Cleantech, the UK’s longest standing cleantech membership network, has delivered the UK-India Tech Startup Programme, a key business support programme for Indian tech startups. This was a major programme that provided cutting edge business support and access to international investment opportunities to enable Indian Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) to flourish.

Over 100 Indian companies were involved in the programme from sectors that can help India deliver the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as cleantech (including energy, mobility, smart cities), agritech, healthtech and edutech. The leading ten companies had been selected to receive dedicated 1 to 1 mentoring support sessions throughout the programme.

 

Over 100 Indian companies were involved in the programme from sectors that can help India deliver the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as cleantech (including energy, mobility, smart cities), agritech, healthtech and edutech. The leading ten companies had been selected to receive dedicated 1 to 1 mentoring support sessions throughout the programme.

 

Sylvie Russell, Head of Operations, Cambridge Cleantech, who is leading the programme said,

“Creating a strong environment where SMEs can learn and grow is a key factor to their capacity to scale up and secure funding. The programme enabled Cambridge Cleantech to share its 10-year experience to help Indian start-ups to prosper commercially and help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, thus helping to alleviate the global climate crisis. The programme events were open to Cambridge Cleantech members and so it was a fantastic opportunity for all to connect, learn, share and build strong relationships.”

 

The top 10 Indian entities had undergone tailored training sessions that included masterclasses, events and individual meetings to provide business advice and guidance. The business support sessions and the masterclasses were open to the selected 10 Indian companies and to all members of the Cambridge Cleantech network.

 

The final stage of the programme included a ‘Pitch Day’ where the selected entities had pitched their ideas to a high-profile group of investors who are a part of Cambridge Cleantech’s membership network. Contact sylvie.russell@cambridgecleantech.org.uk for further information on the programme and the cohort.

More on the UK-India Tech Startup Programme Programme

 

“The UK-India Tech Start Up accelerator programme was a unique program designed to assist deep tech start-ups towards their commercialization journey. The accelerator presents a very systematic, well researched quantitative framework for building impactful and sustainable companies. The sessions are interactive, hands-on and thought provoking. We have benefited a lot from the lectures and the mentorship in this program towards refining the business plan and identifying key market segments for our initial product offering” says Dr Bala Pesala Founder and CEO, Ayur.AI.

The personalised 1-1 mentoring sessions and strategic Masterclasses were conducted by UK experts and academics mostly from the University of Cambridge. Helena Kim an Executive Coach and an External Faculty member from Cambridge Judge Business School who delivered one of the masterclasses said

 

“It was my absolute pleasure to teach the social intelligence masterclass. In addition to entrepreneurial passion, high functioning relationships are essential to any start-up success. Social intelligence is the answer to understanding, communicating and influencing in these dynamic relationships between co-founders and with their key stakeholders”.

 

An attendee of Kim’s session said that “This session was truly game changer for me in my professional & personnel life too. I am grateful to all of you for curating such wonderful session.”

 

 

 

The India-UK Tech Start Program is the right initiative in global efforts to fight the climate crisis. Supporting innovation with business support and providing funding opportunities will certainly have a positive impact on the cleantech sector and will intensify the race towards net zero.

 

The programme is operated by UK based Cambridge Cleantech in collaboration with Triple Chasm. Cambridge Cleantech is a business network and a powerful catalyst in the cleantech sector responding to global sustainability challenges. Triple Chasm is a business consultancy firm which helps innovators scale up using its ‘Triple Chasm Model’. The model which is built on top of the real world data of more than 3000 global companies aims to help startups address various challenges.

 

As part of the programme, there were 4 masterclasses open to everyone:

 

Masterclass 1

Shall We Dance? Navigating Co-founders Leadership and Communication with Helena Kim, PhD

Masterclass 2

‘Scaling innovation across UK and India – some useful tips and conversation starters’ with Samir Khan

Masterclass 3

Diversity: How to create a winning team? with Rebecca Collins and Anna McManus-Hughes

 Masterclass 4

Agile Mind, Agile Business with Alessia Mevoli

Pitch Day Event:

 

The final stage of the programme included the ‘Pitch Day’ Event where the selected 10 entities pitched their ideas to a group of high-profile investors. The event was a great success. Nearly 14 independent meetings were scheduled between investors and SME’s at the end of the event. Click on the Youtube link below to watch the event and learn about some exciting ideas that were pitched.

UKITS Top10: Pitch Day – YouTube

 

If you are an investor and want to get in touch with the pitching companies, book a 1-1 meeting by clicking on the link below or get in touch with sylvie.russell@cambridgecleantech.org.uk