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Entrepreneurs making a difference

Climate Accelerator

Our accelerators empower UK entrepreneurs to scale their businesses to the next level. 

We have a dedicated Climate Accelerator for start-ups and businesses helping to tackle climate change and protect our planet. 

We’ve worked with over 200 climate focused businesses in the accelerator so far. Their innovations and creative energy are leading the way towards a more sustainable future. 

Here are just some of the businesses making a difference.

How the accelerator works

The Climate accelerator programme is free to join and runs for a period of six months. It’s designed with the specific needs of climate-focused businesses in mind. Key benefits include:

  • One to one mentoring with an experienced enterprise manager
  • Access to a network of like-minded peers, potential partners and customers
  • A programme of climate thought leadership and events
  • Use of our modern co-working spaces in one of our nationwide hubs
  • Focused support with access to experts from relevant specialisms

“In the hub, there is a wealth of knowledge and expertise, and someone is always on hand to give you the sound advice, encouragement or support you need to drive your business forward.”

Kameese Davis, Founder of Cherish Earth Ltd

Register your interest

If you’re a climate focused business looking to scale, we’d love to hear from you. One of our accelerator managers will get in touch to explain about the programme and see how we could help.

We also have accelerator programmes specialising in High Growth, FinTech and Purpose-led enterprise. And we’re introducing new accelerators on clean transport and the circular economy soon.

You can also explore our free Business Builder resources, which are here to support businesses and entrepreneurs at all stages.

Meet the entrepreneurs

Here’s just a sample of some of the exciting climate-focused business who are, or have been, part of our accelerator programme.

SmartWorkPlus

SmartWorkPlus delivers real time insights for the new normal in the world of facilities management.

Their smart sensors provide analytics on how buildings are used, giving building owners and managers the tools to reduce costs and carbon footprint by cleaning only where needed and reducing energy spend by saving heat and light in unoccupied areas.

“The accelerator really helped us gain the skills and tools we needed to approach investors and get the funding to go to market.”
    - Aidan Donnelley, Director

Source Grow

Source Grow is a digital platform that helps farmers to decide what to grow based on their soil, climate, what restaurants want to buy and what other farmers are already growing.

It connects restaurants to suppliers of sustainably grown local produce and delivers it straight from the farm.

“The accelerator has helped our team right through the development phase to first orders.”
    - Helen Keys, Co-founder 

Civic Dollars

The Civic Dollars platform is a community currency designed to improve public health by incentivising activity. Users earn Civic Dollars by spending time in parks and open spaces and can spend their Civic Dollars on rewards to improve their lifestyle or donate them to a local community group or charity.

“Being in the accelerator has helped me launch Civic Dollars as a Smart Cities initiative and it’s opened doors to potential customers and partners that I never thought possible.”
    - Stephen McPeake, CEO & Founder of Civic Dollars

Jump the Hedges

Jump the Hedges is a sustainable design studio. They create bags and accessories made from reclaimed materials such as truck tarpaulin, aeroplane seat parts & waste leather.  All our products are proudly made in Belfast.

“Being part of the Ulster Bank Accelerator has given us the support and guidance to elevate our business to reach new and exciting markets. It’s introduced us to a group of like-minded entrepreneurs which has been incredibly encouraging.”
    - Síofra Caherty, Director

Ways we can help

We could help with your climate plan

Many businesses are making climate a part of their plans and looking to reduce their carbon footprint. We’re here to help with this. You can find out about the support, advice and services we offer to help with your climate goals on our climate support for businesses hub.

Charging ahead to net zero

We're working with Octopus Energy to help you find the right charging solutions for your electric vehicles.

The scheme includes discounts on charging points, installation services and more.

*We receive a fee from Octopus Energy for customers we introduce who go on to buy one of their products or services.

Green initiatives for business

Adopting green practices is crucial in tackling climate change, and it could also help your business be more efficient and gain positive recognition from customers and investors.

Championing climate solutions

At NatWest Group, we're setting ourselves the challenge to at least halve the climate impact of our financing activity by 2030.

Something else we can help you with?