Tech Nation launches new Net Zero programme

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Help for tech companies who are creating a more sustainable future

Tech Nation has launched 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 .

With the aim to help scale UK tech that is working towards a more sustainable future, Net Zero 1.0 is open to digital tech or hardware businesses which help the UK reduce greenhouse gas emissions directly or indirectly. The programme is a government-backed initiative and will be supported by leading experts, investors and founders.

Tech Nation is looking for digital and hardware companies which operate across key sectors including:

  • electricity and energy
  • transport and mobility
  • agriculture
  • food systems
  • manufacturing
  • 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.

To qualify for the programme, companies must be at funding stage/backing from pre-Seed – Series A or, if revenue focused, generating annual revenues below £1.5 million. They must also:

  • have at least one active client or pilot
  • be able to demonstrate market traction
  • have an ambition to scale
  • be headquartered in the UK

The programme will run for six months and will cover key scaling challenges specific to the sector. It is based on peer-to-peer learning and will kick off in October 2020. For six months, participants will receive sessions with expert speakers and in-depth learning and networking events. As with all their growth programmes, Tech Nation takes no equity stake in participating companies. If this fits your company profile, apply now.

If you are unsure about your eligibility or have questions about applying for the programme, you can:

Deadline for applications to Net Zero is 16:00 on 20 July 2020.

Applied AI and Fintech opportunities
As well as for Net Zero, applications are currently also open for two other Tech Nation programmes:


First published 26 June 2020