Carbon13 is the venture builder for the climate emergency. Applications are open for scientists, developers and engineers.
Become a cofounder of a high growth venture that will also reduce CO2e emissions by millions of tonnes by joining Carbon13's Venture Builder.
Carbon13 are seeking scientists, developers & engineers to become founders of high growth startups which will have the potential to reduce emissions by millions of tonnes.
On the seven month programme, you will:
We ask you to dedicate yourself to the biggest challenge of our time: the climate emergency. You will create a game-changing, scalable, carbon-emissions-reducing venture with the potential to reduce CO2e emissions by a minimum of 10m tonnes per annum.
You’ll be highly motivated to work on the biggest problems of Net Zero, and see entrepreneurship as your chance to build something significant using your specialist technical knowledge. Your age and experience are less important than your ability. In a venture, you will likely be the CTO, or a role similar to a Chief Data Officer or Chief Information Officer.
The next cohort will begin in Cambridge, UK on 26 April 2022. Although much of the venture builder will be delivered virtually, some of Phase 1 will be delivered face to face without streaming, and attendance in Cambridge UK for this part of the programme is mandatory. Other than that, it is for you and your team to decide how and where you will work. The mandatory in person component of Phase 1 is planned to be on the below dates:
What you'll achieve
If selected for the venture builder, you will begin the programme April 2022. The venture builder is split into three phases and supports you to:
During Phase 1 (six weeks) you will receive a stipend of £1,000, and during Phase 2 (2 months) we pay a stipend of £2,000 per team member. After this, ventures judged to have high potential will receive a pre-seed investment of a net £80,000. In Phase 3 we will support you to prepare a funding strategy for post-Carbon13 life and help you bring in the next round of finance.
Who should apply?
While no two founders on the programme are the same, we expect technical founders to match one of our broad technical “Founder Types”: Technical (Science/Engineering) and Technical (Software, Data & ML).
Technical (Science/Engineering): You are likely to be 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 (Software, Data & ML): This founder type is for software developers, data scientists, and/or AI/ML specialists.
Your age and experience are less important than your ability. In a founding team, you may take a CTO role, or a role similar to a Chief Data Officer or Chief Information Officer – leveraging the potential for data analysis, software, intelligent automation, and machine learning.
You are highly motivated to work on the biggest problems of Net Zero, and see entrepreneurship as your chance to build something significant.
The Cambridge Factor
Carbon13 benefits from strong connections within the deeply creative and radical Cambridge entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem, and benefits from many academic and corporate partnerships.
We are running a series of webinars available to everyone who would like to learn more about Carbon13 and the Net Zero economy. Our next one can be found here - https://carbonthirteen.com/webinars/
We caused climate change. Let's fix it.