An Introduction to Carbon13 for Commercial Founders

How to build a Net Zero startup with Carbon13: for founders from a corporate or entrepreneurial background

Upcoming dates:

Tuesday 4th October 2022 – 18:00-19:00 BST

Webinar: An introduction to Carbon13 for Commercial Founders

About this Event

Welcome to Carbon13’s webinar, open to anyone looking to build a startup that can reduce emissions and help the world achieve Net Zero.

Whether you’ve already built a startup or are new to entrepreneurship, this webinar will introduce you to the specifics of building startups for the climate, i.e. startups with high decarbonisation or carbon capture potential. We’ll discuss the biggest opportunities in decarbonisation and carbon capture, and will also cover how founders use Carbon13’s Venture Builder to build these high impact and commercially scalable startups.

Carbon13’s seven-month Venture Builder programme supports a cohort of 70+ founders to form cofounding teams and develop their ideas into a commercially successful venture capable of reducing emissions by millions of tonnes.

With 32 investments in 12 months, Carbon13 is fast becoming the best launchpad for complex projects with a high decarbonisation impact.

Who this webinar is for

This webinar is for every entrepreneur, corporate professional, or commercial leader from an emitting sector, who wants to build a startup that fights climate change.

Whether you’re already working on a decarbonisation idea, or are new to climate entrepreneurship, this webinar will help you understand what you can do to make an impact on the climate.

You may also be part of a cofounding team already, but most commercial founders come to us because they’re looking for a committed cofounder with the same appetite for innovation that they have, but with a technical skillset to complement their commercial one. You may be looking for a CTO to build a software solution, or scientist/engineer with a hardtech/deeptech innovation who’s looking to commercialise. 

To read more on how we support founders to form strong healthy teams, visit Find your cofounder.

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 & Ideation in 6 weeks

You will find a cofounder in the first 6 weeks. As a commercial founder you most likely will team up with a technical founder with a science, engineering or software background. 90% of the 70+ founders on the cohort form teams within 6 weeks.

Phase 2: 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 14th March 2023.  Applications open now.

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
  • 50% of our 32 invested ventures have already raised further funding 
  • 18 of the 32 ventures have female cofounders  
  • 90+% of each cohort forms a cofounding team within 6 weeks
  • 100s of domain experts, carbon experts, entrepreneurs in residence
  • 14th March, 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 tonne

We caused climate change. Let’s fix it.  

Hear from our founders

Check out what cohort members say about us, to help you decide if you should join us:
“It’s easy to have ideas, it’s really difficult to get them to the point of investability. That’s why I’m super pleased to be on Carbon13 because it’s going to help get through those initial stages.” Amyas Phillips – Technical Founder

“It would have taken me years to meet 50 exceptionally talented and passionate founders who are determined to solve the climate crisis and Carbon13 did it in just a few weeks” Sarah Montgomery – Venture Catalyst Founder

“I’d like to build a business that proves that having sustainable goals at your heart can make you more economically successful.” Vanessa Macdougall – Commercial Founder