Carbon Thirteen – The Venture Builder for the Climate Emergency

As part of our network, we are delighted to introduce you to Carbon Thirteen – The Venture Builder for the Climate Emergency.

Carbon13's Venture Builder will support over 1000 entrepreneurs to build 200 startups by 2024, with the collective potential to reduce emissions by 400 million tonnes of CO2e per year. Founders use their Venture Builder programme at the earliest stage of founding a climate tech startup: preproduct-market fit, or even pre-idea or pre-cofounder.

The eight-month programme sees a cohort of 70+ founders come together to find a committed cofounder, build Carbon Intelligence, pitch for preseed investment and then accelerate their venture's traction and fundraising strategy. Carbon13 grew out of the Cambridge ecosystem of academia, innovation and entrepreneurship, and now runs the Venture Builder programme in both Cambridge and Berlin, their base in the EU. 


Applications are now open for Cohort 5 in Cambridge, which will begin in March 2023.

Deadline: There are two deadlines for Cohort 5:

·        22nd November: Apply by this date to hear back on your application by mid to late December.

·        2nd January: Apply by this date to hear back in time to start the cohort on the 14th March 2023.

Upcoming Events

Cambridge Showcase Day - 6th Dec - Cambridge Union. The Cohort 3 ventures will pitch to our community in person, a great chance to see what high potential ideas and teams look like. At this stage in their development, most of them will go on to raise seed within 6-12 months.

Carbon13 for Biochemists, Botanists and Food Scientists- Tuesday 25th Oct - a webinar aimed at founders interested in how entrepreneurship can reduce emissions significantly, hosted by Chris Coleridge, founder and CEO of Carbon13.

They are running webinars throughout October aimed at founders considering an application. There are specific webinars for different skillsets, including Science, Software, Commercial and Biotech. Full schedule is here.