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Huckletree’s ‘Sustainable Planet’ themed accelerator seeks purpose-driven startups

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Innovative, purpose-driven startups with a focus on sustainability wanted to join the latest cohort of Huckletree’s Alpha Programme

huckletree alpha.Applications from innovative startups are now being sought by creative workspace and accelerator Huckletree, for the eighth cohort of its Alpha Programme, a 12-week pre-seed accelerator designed to turbocharge the launch and growth of the most exciting and impactful businesses in the UK and Ireland.

The theme of the 2021 programme is ‘Sustainable Planet’, which will see Huckletree searching for five purpose-driven, for profit startups, working on innovation and new technology to encourage consumers and companies to improve the impact of their everyday living and operations, from how they consume to how they move. 

Huckletree strongly believes in supporting the next generation of innovators,, and the Alpha Programme aims to help supercharge the first steps of founders from diverse backgrounds. With support from AccelerateHER, the organisation for addressing the under-representation of women in tech, diverse startup community YSYS and Conduit Connect, an investment platform connecting high impact businesses with investment opportunities, the programme is open to pre-seed founders who intend to raise a Seed Round of at least £350k within 6 months of leaving the programme. 

huckletree acceleratorThe 12-week programme is set to start on April 6th and will include workshops led by pioneering industry talent, relentless pitch practice and collaboration with Huckletree’s network of talent, partners and investors. Founders will also be given free access to Huckletree workspaces for 1 year. 

Gabriela Hersham, Co-founder and CEO of Huckletree commented: 

“Solving the climate crisis isn’t an easy task, but it’s an urgent one, so the theme of Sustainable Planet for us was a no brainer and this year’s Alpha will tackle issues that are extremely close to us - fair funding, sustainability and innovation. The state of funding across the board is, frankly, unacceptable, and action needs to be taken to address how underrepresented women and people of colour are in the process. We’re excited to launch our Alpha Programme this year, in a climate when the world feels like it needs more than its fair share of love and support for one another - and we’re here to help.”

Applications are now open and must be submitted by 1st March. Best of luck to all who do!

Huckletree have also just announced the first in a series of free virtual events in support of the ‘Sustainable Planet’ theme. Taking place on Feb 24th, people can join an insightful discussion around sustainability and innovation with Sian Sutherland, founder of A Plastic Planet.

And if virtual events are your things these days, why not check out the Startacus events below that are taking place this week:

23rd Feb, 3pm GMT - Is BIAS in AI real

24th Feb, 3pm GMT - Embedding diversity & inclusion in the workplace 

25th Feb, 2pm GMT - The growth of entrepreneurship & the tech industry in NI



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Published on: 17th February 2021

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