Opportunity alert: Innovation Bootcamp to help solve real-world issues in sustainability!

Are you looking to unleash your entrepreneurial ideas? Passionate about sustainability? Looking to get mentorship, networks, project experience and many other exciting perks? Then keep reading, because this opportunity might open lots of doors for you.

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The following blog was provided to us by The Ebico Trust and Sustainable Pioneers CIC:

The Ebico Trust and Sustainable Pioneers CIC, part of the Sustainable Ventures group, are excited to have launched the Ebico AffordableWarmth Incubator Programme.

The programme exists to support the creation of impactful solutions to address the long-standing challenges of providing affordable, low-carbon warmth to the UK’s most vulnerable households.

In a joint venture to promote innovation in sustainable home heating and support ambitious, talented entrepreneurs to create and develop novel solutions, the programme is focused on the earliest stages of venture development venture creation and development of a pre-seed investment-ready proposition.

What’s it all about?

Successful applicants will take part in an entrepreneurs Bootcamp and idea-generation workshops in July 2021. During the Bootcamp, the cohort will form pre-startup teams and pitch to progress to the first incubation phase with pre-start-up support, coworking space, a team grant of £7,500 and a chance for investment and further incubation support.

There is no requirement that candidates enter the programme with a pre-formed business idea, but interest in the area of low-carbon warmth is essential, alongside a drive to tackle the challenge through innovation. More details can be found below on the opportunities that the programme offers to successful candidates.


Why apply?

The programme offers:

    • The opportunity to collaborate with like minded individuals to create meaningful change and address the long-standing challenges of providing affordable, low-carbon warmth to the UKs most vulnerable households.
    • 500 stipend to participate in the bootcamp stage, and the opportunity to learn from a broad range of sector experts and entrepreneurs.
    • The opportunity to pitch for a £7,500 grant per team and a place on the first incubation phase of the programme, which will include three months of incubator support and co-working space in Sustainable Workspaces flagship site in London (Waterloo).
    • Further £15,000 of investment for teams who successfully progress to the second incubation phase, alongside commercialisation support, mentoring, investment-readiness support and continued access to the coworking space.
    • Access to The Ebico Trusts sector expertise and network.
    • Access to the Sustainable Ventures ecosystem and wealth of venture development experience, as part of the Sustainable Ventures group.


What we are looking for:

We welcome applications from candidates with a diverse range of skills and experience, however, we would expect from all applicants:

    • Keen interest in the area of affordable, low carbon warmth (please see the application for a list of potential themes).
    • Ability to demonstrate the experience and aptitude that you have gained through your professional experience, educational attainment, and/or voluntary activities.
    • Enthusiasm to work with people from diverse professional and educational backgrounds.
    • Openness to building relationships amongst the programme cohort and forming founding business teams.
    • Commitment and drive to collaboratively start a business from scratch and take it to scale.
    • Adaptability, resilience and drive to achieve goals, even in the face of setbacks.
    • Passion for using business to achieve impactful social and environmental change.
    • An ability to demonstrate your passion for entrepreneurship and your particular interests in the social and environmental impact space.


How to apply

Applications should be made via the website here are open now and will close on 8th June 2021 at 17.00 BST, with assessment undertaken on a rolling basis until close.

Any questions about the programme can be directed to ebicoaffordablewarmth@sustainableventures.co.uk

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