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Carbon13

Company
11-50
Cambridge, UK

Company Description

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 CO2e emissions by over 400 million tonnes.

Our eight-month programme supports founders, scientists, engineers and innovators who are committed to developing high growth investable ventures that can reduce CO2e emissions by millions of tonnes.

Founders join with or without an idea, by themselves or with a cofounding team. They then use the programme to find a cofounder with the same appetite for innovation as they have, form a team capable of building a high growth investable venture which can credibly and significantly reduce emissions. They undergo intensive work to understand the biggest challenges in Net Zero, and qualifying ventures receive pre-seed investment from Carbon13. We will not invest in startups that do not have the potential to reduce emissions by millions of tonnes.

Carbon13 is based in Cambridge UK, it has grown out of the Cambridge ecosystem and is supported by Arm, Cambridge Cleantech et al. Our programme is open to everyone, you do not have to be resident in the UK to apply.

Jobs (3)

CTO/Cofounder of a climatech startup

Full time role
Remote
Jul 28, 2022
The Opportunity We're looking for developers to become co-founders of startups that fight climate change. Software is crucial to how our world can decarbonise the way it travels, eats, makes and powers the world - and developers use Carbon13 to focus only on the biggest problems, to make the biggest impact on emissions. If you want to fight climate change, then Carbon13 is currently the strongest launchpad for you to build a decarbonisation venture from scratch—we've made pre-seed investments in 20 teams in the last 10 months with another 14 to come in summer 2022. We only work with early stage founders who can team up with serial entrepreneurs, carbon experts and industry folks (who make up the rest of our cohorts) to build ventures that can reduce emissions by 10 million tonnes a year. Working on an MVP? Unlike accelerators, you do NOT need an idea or MVP to join Carbon13, though you can apply with one if you do. You will either be supported to find an idea to develop which can significantly reduce emissions, or join a cofounder/team with strong insights into an emitting industry and lead the implementation of their validated customer pain points. You may choose to apply your skills to a software idea, or, you may choose to cofound a hardtech or deeptech startup with a scientist/engineer cofounder. Half of our ventures are software, half are science-based/hardtech. You can view our portfolio of ventures at www.carbonthirteen.com/our-portfolio How does Carbon13 work? On Carbon13 you are building a startup as part of a cohort of 70 founders. You are not sat in a room being told what you already know. Our programme is designed to 10x the work you're doing, because the planet doesn't have time to waste on theory or incremental ideas. -Phase 1: Teaming in 6 weeks You will find a cofounder in the first 6 weeks. As a technical founder you most likely will team up with a founder with a proven track record in founding startups or leadership in emitting sectors. On average 90% of the 70 founders on the cohort form teams within 6 weeks. -Phase 2: Ideation & Validation in 9 weeks Your team will intensely work on: Team strengthening | Carbon intelligence | Rapid iterations of concepts | Business model forming | Prototype testing | Intellectual property | Customer development | Stakeholder development | Behaviour change | Governance | Venture incorporation -Phase 3: Acceleration in 4 months After Phase 2, we invest pre-seed into 12-14 ventures. They then use Phase 3 to focus on market, product, business model and strategy to prepare the venture for further seed-stage investment. We also help you look at scaling strategies, managing growth pains and developing a funding strategy. The next cohort will begin in Cambridge, UK on 19th September 2022. (Apart from nine in-person days in Cambridge, you can do the programme from anywhere in the world.) Learn More We are running a series of webinars available to everyone who would like to learn more about Carbon13 and how to build startups with breakthrough solutions for the climate. Our next one for software developers can be found here - https://carbonthirteen.com/webinars/ Carbon13 in numbers: - 50 startups launched since March 2021 - £2.5 million investment across 20 ventures - 50% of the ventures are software, 50% science or hardware based - 70 potential cofounders on every cohort - 35 technical, 35 commercial cofounders - 90% of each cohort forms a cofounding team within 6 weeks - 100s of domain experts, carbon experts, entrepreneurs in residence - 20th September, the start date for the next cohort - 10 million tonnes of emissions every year. We only launch startups that have the potential to reduce emissions by 10 million tonnes. We caused climate change. Let's fix it.

Cofounder of a climatech startup - Scientist/Engineer

Full time role
Remote
Jul 28, 2022
We're looking for scientists, engineers and inventors to become co-founders of startups that fight climate change. If you want to fight climate change, then Carbon13 is currently the strongest launchpad for you to build a decarbonisation or carbon capture venture from scratch—we've made pre-seed investments in 20 teams in the last 10 months with another 14 to come in summer 2022. About half of these have been in software-driven ventures, and half in science-based/deeptech. You can view our portfolio of ventures at www.carbonthirteen.com/our-portfolio Working on IP or a climatetech idea already? Unlike accelerators, you do NOT need an idea to join Carbon13, though scientist and engineer founders usually come to us because they’re working on IP and are seeking to bring it to market through a venture capital route. The VC funding route is currently the faster and often surer route for launching complex projects with a high decarbonisation impact, which is why Carbon13 has been designed to give your venture the best possible entry point into this route. Our support is tailored to science-based startups with the ambition to reduce CO2e emissions by 10 million tonnes per year. Science-based founders use our programme to Find a complementary commercial cofounder capable of executing a high growth startup Move their concepts past TRL3-5 Understand the highest impact opportunity for their IP Develop the appropriate funding strategy If you do not have an idea, you will either be supported to find an idea to develop which can significantly reduce emissions, or join a cofounder/team with strong insights into an emitting industry and together execute the implementation of their validated customer pain points. We only work with early stage founders who can team up with serial entrepreneurs, carbon experts and industry folks (who make up the rest of our cohorts) to build ventures that can reduce emissions by 10 million tonnes a year. How does Carbon13 work? On Carbon13 you are building a startup as part of a cohort of 70 founders. You are not sat in a room being told what you already know. Our programme is designed to amplify the work you're doing, because the planet doesn't have time to waste on theory or incremental ideas. -Phase 1: Teaming in 6 weeks You will find a cofounder in the first 6 weeks. As a technical founder you most likely will team up with a founder with a proven track record in founding startups or industry leadership in emitting sectors. On average 90% of the 70 founders on the cohort form teams within 6 weeks. -Phase 2: Ideation & Validation in 9 weeks Your team will intensely work on: Team strengthening | Carbon intelligence | Rapid iterations of concepts | Business model forming | Prototype testing | Intellectual property | Customer development | Stakeholder development | Behaviour change | Governance | Venture incorporation -Phase 3: Acceleration in 4 months After Phase 2, we invest pre-seed into 14 ventures. They then use Phase 3 to focus on market, product, business model and strategy to prepare the venture for further seed-stage investment. We also help you look at scaling strategies, managing growth pains and developing a funding strategy. The next cohort will begin in Cambridge, UK on 19th September 2022. (Apart from nine in-person days in Cambridge, you can do the programme from anywhere in the world.) Learn More We are running a series of webinars available to everyone who would like to learn more about Carbon13 and how to build startups with breakthrough solutions for the climate. Our next one for scientists and engineers can be found here - https://carbonthirteen.com/webinars/ Carbon13 in numbers: - 50 startups launched since March 2021 - £2.5 million investment across 20 ventures - 50% of the ventures are software, 50% science or hardware based - 70 potential cofounders on every cohort - 35 technical, 35 commercial cofounders - 90% of each cohort forms a cofounding team within 6 weeks - 100s of domain experts, carbon experts, entrepreneurs in residence - 20th September, the start date for the next cohort - 10 million tonnes of emissions every year. We only launch startups that have the potential to reduce emissions by 10 million tonnes. We caused climate change. Let's fix it.

CEO/Cofounder of a climatech startup

Full time role
Remote
Jul 28, 2022
Become a co-founder of a startup that fights climate change. If you want to fight climate change, then Carbon13 is currently the strongest launchpad for you to build a decarbonisation venture from scratch— because our Venture Builder programme is the only place where a commercial cofounder can do all these three things: Find their technical cofounder among the scientists, developers and engineers who make up the rest of our cohort (~90% find a cofounder) Understand the carbon intelligence of their solution to maximise its potential to reduce emissions Develop both the commercial and strategic groundwork to scale the startup to 10 million tonnes of emissions reduction. Typically, commercial founders include entrepreneurs, operators, corporate professionals, commercial directors from industry, anyone with a track record of execution and commercial acumen. You will most likely become the CEO of the startup and lead on the commercial strategy, fundraising and customer development. Working on a climatetech idea already? Unlike accelerators, you do NOT need an idea or MVP to join Carbon13, though you can apply with one if you do. You will either be supported to find an idea to develop which can significantly reduce emissions, or join a cofounder/team with strong insights into an emitting industry and together execute the implementation of their validated customer pain points. As a commercial founder, you may choose to apply your skills to a software idea, or, you may choose to cofound a hardtech or deeptech startup with a scientist/engineer cofounder. Half of our ventures are software, half are science-based/hardtech. You can view our portfolio of ventures at www.carbonthirteen.com/our-portfolio How does Carbon13 work? On Carbon13 you are building a startup as part of a cohort of 70 founders. You are not sat in a room being told what you already know. Our programme is designed to 10x the work you're doing, because the planet doesn't have time to waste on theory or incremental ideas. -Phase 1: Teaming in 6 weeks You will find a cofounder in the first 6 weeks. As a commercial cofounder you most likely will team up with a technical cofounder from a science, engineering or software background. On average 90% of the 70 founders on the cohort form teams within 6 weeks. -Phase 2: Ideation & Validation in 9 weeks Your team will intensely work on: Team strengthening | Carbon intelligence | Rapid iterations of concepts | Business model forming | Prototype testing | Intellectual property | Customer development | Stakeholder development | Behaviour change | Governance | Venture incorporation -Phase 3: Acceleration in 4 months After Phase 2, we invest pre-seed into 14 ventures. They then use Phase 3 to focus on market, product, business model and strategy to prepare the venture for further seed-stage investment. We also help you look at scaling strategies, managing growth pains and developing a funding strategy. The next cohort will begin in Cambridge, UK on 19th September 2022. (Apart from nine in-person days in Cambridge, you can do the programme from anywhere in the world.) Learn More We are running a series of webinars available to everyone who would like to learn more about Carbon13 and how to build startups with breakthrough solutions for the climate. Our next one for commercial founders can be found here - https://carbonthirteen.com/webinars/ Carbon13 in numbers: - 50 startups launched since March 2021 - £2.5 million investment across 20 ventures - 50% of the ventures are software, 50% science or hardware based - 70 potential cofounders on every cohort - 35 technical, 35 commercial cofounders - 90% of each cohort forms a cofounding team within 6 weeks - 100s of domain experts, carbon experts, entrepreneurs in residence - 13th September, the start date for the next cohort - 10 million tonnes of emissions every year. We only launch startups that have the potential to reduce emissions by 10 million tonnes. We caused climate change. Let's fix it.

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