Scaling the UK’s next climate unicorns

What is the Net Zero X programme

The Net Zero X programme is designed to support the growth of climate tech companies with high-emissions reduction and exponential potential. The aim of the programme is to reduce the carbon funding gap, counter the climate tech ‘valley of death’ and connect climate tech founders to investors, corporates, partners, policy-makers and other stakeholders. This will help shape the ecosystem founders need to succeed.

Currently, only 25% of total funding raised in climate tech is being channelled into the technologies that hold 81% of the total emissions reduction potential required to achieve net zero. We are therefore very excited to be launching our new Net Zero X programme in partnership with PwC. Companies will benefit from Tech Nation and PwC’s expertise, investor & corporate network, and mentorship. 

The programme is free to join, and we don’t take an equity stake in your business. 

Net Zero X is not currently accepting applications, but you can pre-register your interest in the programme.

Who is Net Zero X for?

We are looking for the UK’s most promising later-stage climate tech scaleups operating across key sectors, including agriculture & food systems, manufacturing, construction, built environment, carbon removals, energy & electricity, and transport & mobility. 

Criteria for applicants:

  • Be a climate tech scaleup, directly or indirectly contributing to greenhouse gas emission reduction
  • Have grant funding or investment between Series A and pre-IPO
  • Be headquartered in the UK

What does the Net Zero X programme involve?


Insight sessions delivered by later-stage founders, focused on key scaling challenges, including investment, talent, product, operations, international expansion, policy & regulatory markets, due diligence, M&As and more 


 Meet-ups to connect you to our investor, corporate, partner, and policy-maker network.


A professional startup coach to help you develop your leadership skills, strengthen peer connections and build stress resilience.  You will also have the opportunity to be mentored by some of our leading climate tech advisors.


 Get to know your peers and crowdsource solutions to your specific scaling challenges. Also, connect to Tech Nation’s prestigious alumni network. 

Why should you join the programme?

After the continued success of the Net Zero programme, now in its third year, the need, evidence and results of the programme has encouraged us to build a bespoke programme to support later-stage climate tech companies as well. The founders we’ve supported so far say it best:

“Being part of Tech Nation’s Net Zero cohort not only gave us access to a community of like-minded peers, but it helped put us on the map. It was a huge moment of recognition and celebration for our team. We were part of a group of Climate-tech companies invited to Glasgow during COP26 and since joining the programme, we have successfully completed a Crowdfund campaign securing £2.4million to scale our thin-film solar solutions for both commercial and domestic customers. We have featured in many leading publications – and being selected for Tech Nation’s Net Zero programme absolutely contributed to establishing our credibility as an ambitious and innovative tech scaleup.”

Jo Parker-Swift, CEO & Co-founder, Solivus

“We’ve been involved in a number of programmes over the years and Tech Nation Net Zero really stood out for its quality of people and content. It offers excellent support, advice, introductions, networking and validation for a growing business and an on-going opportunity to participate in a vibrant and enjoyable ecosystem.”

Phill Davies, CEO & Co-founder, Magway

In collaboration with…

PwC’s purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. PwC is a network of firms in 156 countries with over 295,000 people, who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services. PwC refers to the PwC network and/or one or more of its member firms, each of which is a separate legal entity. Please see how PwC is structured for further details.

Pre register my interest in the programme