There's only one requirement to apply to the Carbon13 Venture Builder
At Carbon13, we believe that diversity is the driver of world-saving innovation. We’ve now worked with over 300 amazing founders over cohorts 1-4 in Cambridge and our only requirement is this: are you looking to dedicate your career to solving climate change?
Cohort 4 founders, Tom, Francesca, and David stand in St Catharine’s college (Cambridge) discussing their ideas for the venture builder
What does a typical founder look like?
There is no such thing as a typical founder with Carbon13. We are searching for 60+ founders from a variety of technical and commercial backgrounds to join the next cohort of our Venture Builder programme.
But there is no list of requirements or job spec. We recognise that fighting climate change is a complex mission, one which requires a multitude of talented people to come together to create ambitious and proactive founding teams.
That’s why we are looking for a range of individuals with a variety of talents in different areas.
There are four broad categories of people who apply to Carbon13. We call them Founder Types. Whichever type fits you, you’ll be highly motivated by reducing emissions, and to dedicating your career to addressing the climate crisis.
To see where you fit, read our Founder Types below.
Technical founders (Science/Engineering)
You are likely a scientist, an engineer, or someone with specialist technical knowledge relating to one of the CO₂e emitting sectors.
You may already be working on a prototype or IP, or wish to apply your skillset to the biggest challenges in decarbonisation. In a venture, you will likely be the CTO, responsible for leading the development of the technology to at least proof of concept stage.
Technical founders (Software, Data & ML)
You have eight or more years post-Bachelors experience, either as a serial entrepreneur/in startups, or if you’ve gained your experience in industry, it will likely be in one of our “carbon emitting sectors”. You will be responsible for building the critical relationships the venture needs, and for leading the building of the execution team.
Venture catalyst founders
Can you apply if you have a startup already?
You do not need a startup or even an idea to apply to Carbon13, but if you already have an idea or are working on an early-stage startup, you should absolutely apply. The programme is designed to support founders who come to us with or without an idea.
For those of you who do not have an idea, you are still expected to bring insights into an emitting industry, specifically the potential problem areas which could be solved by a decarbonisation startup.
- If you are a data scientist, a software developer, an AI/ML specialist: you may join with or without an idea for a startup.
- If your work as a scientist or engineer is rooted in the physical or natural sciences: typically we would expect you to come with the beginnings of an idea, or at least a domain space that you intend to explore for startup opportunities.
- have validated your ideas with customers.
- have domain spaces in which you feel particularly passionate about making an impact.
Therefore normally, if you have a specific idea that you want to pursue, as a commercial or venture catalyst founder you should be bringing the first customers for that idea to the table with you.
But remember, if you have an idea and you apply to the Venture Builder, we assess you on your potential as an individual, not on the strength of your idea.
Our target industries
We need entrepreneurs to pave the way to develop and deliver innovation that will make a significant difference to carbon emissions.
We are looking for entrepreneurs who have experience in or are excited about creating innovation in the key industries listed below:
Decarbonising energy is well under way, but we need to accelerate the trajectory. How can we power the world?
Agriculture and Food
How can we reduce emissions while meeting the growing demand for food?
Buildings and construction
How can the construction industry ensure minimization of energy use when developing and retrofitting buildings and infrastructure?
How can industry streamline to decarbonise processes and ensure they are efficient and circular?
Transport, mobility and logistics
How can we continue our mobility, whilst eliminating the current transportation emissions?
How can consumer-facing businesses meet the growing demand for zero carbon products?
How can financial institutions leverage the opportunities opened up by the green industrial revolution?
Our target industries are not exhaustive, if you believe you can create a venture with the potential to reduce CO2e emissions, we would love to hear from you.
Diversity and Inclusion
At Carbon13 we want to bring potential co-founders together, because we recognise the founding teams most likely to achieve breakthroughs are those which are diverse in thought and background, so we actively welcome applicants who can build these teams and achieve our mission.
Through our Venture Builder, we want to play our part in changing the landscape for diverse founders. For more information, please check out our Diversity and Inclusion policy.