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Barclays Eagle Labs and Carbon13 seal five-year partnership to scale green start-ups

Source: Barclays Bank

Barclays Eagle Labs has confirmed a new five-year partnership with Carbon13, a Cambridge based but globally focused venture builder, committing up to £2.5 million investment to deliver the Venture Launchpad programme from 2023.

The programme will provide founders of over 100 start ups with support and mentoring to tackle the challenges the globe faces on the road to net zero and to drive innovation in the GreenTech sector.

Applications for the first cohort will open in December to encourage innovation among companies working in a range of areas, such as decarbonising the built environment, rethinking the use of chemicals in energy production, food security and other technologies focussed on reducing carbon emissions.

The fully funded programme will include business development and investment opportunities, access to Eagle Labs business mentoring programmes and two showcase days for businesses to pitch their ideas to potential investors. Participants will also gain access to workspace at the GreenTech focused Barclays Eagle Lab, based in Cambridge, and full access to the UK-wide Eagle Labs network with exclusive access to networking and community events.

David Hamilton, Head of Implementation and Partnerships at Barclays Eagle Labs, said: “We’re really pleased to be partnering with Carbon13 as we work together to connect and drive growth in the GreenTech sector. One of the elements of our overall climate strategy is helping play a leading role supporting green and sustainability focussed businesses, and through our Eagle Labs, help GreenTech businesses with the tools to help them connect, grow and scale.”

Chris Coleridge, Founder and CEO of Carbon13 said: "Global warming is likely to occur earlier than previous projections and Carbon13's mission is to help tackle this. Through the Venture Launchpad programme, we will encourage entrepreneurs, scientists, investors and large organisations to collaborate on hundreds of innovations and rapidly scale ventures to reduce carbon emissions. We are pleased to be collaborating with Barclays Eagle Labs to support these climate entrepreneurs.”

Carbon13 works with founders to build start-ups that can reduce CO₂e emissions by millions of tonnes through their venture programmes and is an existing resident of the Cambridge Barclays Eagle Lab. Since inception in 2020, Carbon13 has already funded 32 start-up ventures through its Venture Builder programme.

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