First Climate Accelerator for start-ups launches in Cambridge

The UK’s first Climate Accelerator is working with start-ups on innovative solutions to address climate change.

Allia Future Business Centre runs free support programmes, and is the first UK partner of EIT Climate-KIC to offer the six-month intensive Accelerator in Cambridge.

The programme involves start-ups with innovative solutions which demonstrate potential for scalable impact, for example in carbon removal, adaptation, technology or a relevant social or environmental enterprise.

The Climate Accelerator provides intensive coaching and mentoring from industry experts and specialist workshops, plus tools and methodologies for estimating and validating climate impact. Most importantly, it will introduce companies to a global network of investors, supporters and partners. The programme will culminate in a pitch day in front of a judging panel and audience of entrepreneurs, industry leaders and funders.

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. Allia has supported small businesses for over 22 years, running an Impact Accelerator in Cambridge for five years.

It 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 it to deliver free programmes in both locations until June 2023.

For more information about the Climate Accelerator, and to apply for the next course, visit

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