UK tech for a sustainable future
The tech sector has a vital role to play in tackling the climate crisis. Technology has the potential to reduce global emissions by 15%. The time for climate action is now. This is why Tech Nation is delighted to be launching the Net Zero programme for companies who are paving the way to stabilising global temperatures and reaching the UK’s net zero target by 2050.
We are looking for early-stage scaleups which operate across key sectors, including electricity & energy, transport & mobility, agriculture, food systems, manufacturing and building technology. Companies may directly contribute to net zero, with emission-reducing and carbon capture technologies or may contribute indirectly by changing consumer behaviour, or increasing efficiencies.
Net Zero is tailor-made to help innovative, mission-driven founders realise their visions and achieve their potential and scale. The best part? It’s free to join and we don’t take an equity stake in your business.
Who is Net Zero for?
Net Zero is for fast-growth tech companies which help the UK reduce greenhouse gas emissions either directly or indirectly. Companies may work across digital, hardware and biotech sectors.
Criteria for applicants:
- Headquartered in the UK
- Potential and ambition to make an at scale impact
- Evidence that the product or service is beyond the minimum viable product phase
- Proven evidence of some market traction
- Grant funding or investment up to Seed or Series A or has revenues below £1.5m
Although we’re not open for applications at the minute, you can pre-register your interest in the programme and be the first to know when we start accepting applications.
What does the Net Zero programme involve?
Net Zero is a six-month, free growth programme for tech companies that are creating a more sustainable future. We run masterclasses, insight sessions and peer to peer networking events for our fast growth, sustainable cohort.
Founder focused sessions delivered by entrepreneurs who have lived the journey. Tackle fundamental growth barriers such as financing, sales, talent and culture.
Sessions for your leadership team to upskill themselves. Explore challenges faced in marketing, operations, finance, product, tech, and HR functions.
Work with leading thinkers, experts, influencers and stakeholders to quantify your company’s impact and potential in the tech ecosystem and on the planet.
Gain positioning as a fast-growth UK sustainability company through Tech Nation marketing and press. Be on the radar with government, corporates and investors.
Tech Nation is looking for a range of different companies for this programme that can all bring different perspectives on how we can fight climate change.
The Pathway to Net Zero
Advisors, Judges and Scale Coaches
What are our judges saying about the programme?
“We need more awareness of interconnectedness, which presents an opportunity from a wide range of businesses to join the fight against the climate crisis. This goes from deep tech innovation and green transportation, from sharing economy and conscious consumption to food security and biodiversity.”Cansu Deniz Bayrak, Senior Partner at Bethnal Green Ventures and Tech Nation Visa Alumni
“Achieving net zero emissions may seem like an insurmountable challenge, but the reality is that many of the solutions required already exist – they just need to be supported and scaled. This is why the Net Zero accelerator is so pivotal.”Mahima Sukhdev , Director at Xynteo Methods
“Climate change is the existential threat facing us all. Tech Nation’s Net-Zero initiative is just the boost the emerging and exciting sector of potential solutions needs to drive awareness, investment and growth”
Tom Adeyoola, Non Executive Director at Verco
“Investing in new technologies is a crucial part of the fight against climate change – making alternative solutions cheaper and better than the incumbents will accelerate the zero carbon transition. I’m excited to bring my experience as a climate technology investor to help the TechNation NetZero programme.”Pippa Gawley, Founder and Director of Zero Carbon Capital
“Improving the long-term resilience of our planet is the most important issue of our time. I am delighted to be supporting Tech Nation with this new initiative for Net-Zero startups that helps create a more secure future for everyone.”Mark Hodgson, Chief Business Officer at Cervest
“Haters gonna say that cleantech startups can’t make the returns of tech startups. They’re going to point to history to prove their point. But the as-of-yet failure of a given set of technologies is usually a weak correlate of its future success. Fission didn’t work, until it did. The internet wasn’t a worldwide web, until it was. A new paradigm consisting of engineered natural sciences and intelligence, new business models and decentralised production represents the underlying shift we need to progress to a net zero economy. It hasn’t worked, yet, but it will.”Dominic Falcão, Director of Deep Science Ventures
“Startups find solutions, and to achieve net zero, we need low carbon solutions for every aspect of our lives. Tech Nation’s Net Zero programme is the perfect space for clean tech innovators to apply their creativity, crack a problem and scale up.”Jeffrey Beyer, Principal Consultant at Carbon Limiting Technologies
“While the outlook for the global climate is bleak, it’s not too late to step back from the brink. Getting to net zero so will require a wide range of actions on a local, national, and international scale, with the development and implementation of high-impact innovations being key to this challenge. The Net Zero programme fills an important gap in the cleantech ecosystem by providing companies with extensive support at a critical stage of development, and it is a fantastic opportunity for entrepreneurs looking to increase their impact.”Naveed Chaudhry, Head of the Climate-KIC Accelerator at the Centre for Climate Change Innovation
“The use of IoT and advanced telecoms networking technologies such as LPWAN and 5G will be an essential component in our net zero sustainable future. The only way that we can reach our goals is to fully understand how the complex ecosystem of the physical environment and its inhabitants: human,animal, plant and machine interact. IoT provides the means to do this.”Peter Karney, Head of Product Innovation at Digital Catapult
“The net-zero transition is the challenge of our age. Entrepreneurs will play a vital role in accelerating and scaling solutions that will contribute to the mission.”Azeem Azhar, Founder of Exponential View
“The scale of the climate challenge is enormous, to achieve net zero we need to commercialise and scale radically innovative solutions some of which do not even exist yet. In the search for solutions we must identify the best ideas and engage the best teams, embracing diversity and inclusion to maximise talent and expedite change.”
Susannah McClintock, Investment Director, Sustainable Ventures
“The businesses of the future must be net zero. This programme is playing a vital role by inspiring entrepreneurs to build and scale startups that will contribute to the net zero economy that we need.”
Chris Turner, Executive Director, B Lab UK
As we strive to tackle the climate crisis, entrepreneurs will play a pivotal role in developing the technologies that underpin our sustainable future. This is both an urgent challenge and a vast opportunity, as it is a global problem spanning every industry – we will soon be building billion-dollar businesses focused on climate solutions.”
Maria Wagner, Investment Director at Beringea
If you are unsure about your eligibility or have questions about the programme, here are some resources for you:
- Read our Programme Application Guide to find FAQs and tips from judges
- Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Get in touch with the local Entrepreneur Engagement Manager for your region.
Tech Nation is aiming to support a range of different companies, which means you can operate in a variety of industries and create products that supports sustainability in different ways – It’s not just all about carbon! Although the UK’s Net Zero initiative focuses primarily on reducing carbon, Tech Nation wants to showcase and support the range of solutions needed to combat the climate crisis.
Become a Partner
We have an open call out for companies who share our values and ethos when it comes to Net Zero initiatives. We’re actively looking for partners to co-build prepositions to ultimately help you reach your objectives. If it’s brand awareness, thought leadership or generally being involved in the Net Zero tech community, you can directly reach out to the Net Zero team, or leave your information below and we’ll be in touch soon.