Carbon13 announce partnership with Arm to support Net Zero entrepreneurs in Cambridge

We are honoured to announce that Arm, one of the UK’s most successful technology companies, has partnered with Carbon13 to support our Venture Builder and cross-pollinate innovation between our founders and Arm’s experts. This partnership is key to our shared mission of reducing emissions and achieving Net Zero through entrepreneurship and a science-based approach. 

Carbon13’s Venture Builder is an eight month programme which supports a cohort of 50 founders to form cofounding teams and develop ventures capable of reducing emissions by ten million tonnes. The programme is highly selective and attracts founders with deep technical expertise or a proven track record in entrepreneurship, or an impressive career in a target sector. 

Carbon13’s approach is “talent first” which means that we select founders on the basis of their potential as individuals, not on the merits of a startup idea. On average founders have over 13 years of experience and are deeply committed to reducing emissions on a global scale. 

Through this partnership, Arm and Carbon13 will connect the best of our engineering and innovation talent through mentorship, workshops and events for the wider community. We aim to address the challenges of digital transformation and the “Digital World”, challenges such as energy efficient computing and its carbon footprint. 

Arm’s commitment to Net Zero is firmly enmeshed into its company make-up. The company has already set an ambitious target to achieve Net Zero by 2030 through significantly reducing its absolute emissions; including switching to renewable energy and increasing energy efficiency in its offices, and reducing business travel. Just as importantly, Arm is working to empower its employees to make low carbon choices. You can read more about Arm’s sustainability work here. 

But it is Arm’s support for innovation in technology and its potential for Net Zero startups that could be a game-changer for our efforts to reduce emissions by millions of tonnes. Chris Coleridge, Carbon13’s Founder and CEO, comments “Arm’s long history of innovation in energy efficient technology and readiness to explore what is possible, coupled with their own commitment to net zero carbon means a partnership with their Insights team makes perfect sense.” 

Fran Baker, Global Social Innovation Lead at Arm, comments: “Accelerating the deployment of energy-efficient computing is crucial to addressing the climate crisis. Arm is committed to sustainable development and we’re working closely with our partners to advance technologies that will have a positive impact on our world. Through this new partnership with Carbon 13, we can help talented entrepreneurs address some of the most complex issues facing our society, through the power of technology.” 

Arm and Carbon13 are also united by shared roots in Cambridge, UK. Arm was founded in a barn in the city and is now a global semiconductor IP company, making them a leading example of the “Silicon Fen”: the vibrant Cambridge ecosystem of academia, entrepreneurship, and research. 

This ecosystem is the bedrock on which Carbon13 is founded. Founders are significantly more likely to launch a high-growth venture when supported by such a community. Research shows that when founders can engage with established corporates, the likelihood of them generating game-changing innovation greatly increases. It is this giant leap forward that we are looking for as we try to reach Net Zero, an ambition matched by Arm. 
Our first cohort of 60 entrepreneurs have begun their journey. By the end of 2021 we aim to have launched 8-10 ventures from scratch, each one with the potential to reduce CO2e emissions by ten million tonnes. If you would like to know more, or become a partner to our mission, then please visit