SHAKE helps entrepreneurs and start-ups who are combating climate change with science or tech-based ideas in the areas of agriculture and food production.
Those ventures that progress through all three phases of the programme will receive up to £140k funding and two years of expert mentoring to help build their business.
Now in its third year, the Programme is hosted and led by Rothamsted Research as part of a consortium with three leading universities – Cranfield University, the University of Hertfordshire and University College London, with funding by the Societe Generale Foundation.
SHAKE Programme Manager, Tinne Midtgaard said: “SHAKE focuses on closing the gap in business development between the early start-up stage and investable businesses, through provision of expert care and advice, sourced through the high-profile consortium and its associated network of mentors.”
The first two cohorts, one in 2019 and one in 2020, comprised a total of 30 entrepreneurs with nine successful ventures ultimately selected by SHAKE to invest in.
“Virtually every step in the value chain associated with agriculture impacts on climate – from how food is grown or reared, to the way the food is harvested, transported, stored and distributed. In addition, farmers themselves face increasing pressure to deliver sufficient food sustainably, whilst dealing with increasingly unstable climates,” said Ms Midtgaard.
“At SHAKE, we believe entrepreneurs have a unique role to play in countering these challenges; they are agile and flexible in their approaches and are unencumbered by the vested interests and legacy investments of larger business and corporates.”
Deadline for applications is Monday 3rd May by midnight 24.00 CET.
Applicants will have to select one representative from their company who can commit fully to participate and work with SHAKE for phase 1 (around four days’ worth of online workshops, starting on 31st May 2021) and phase 2 (roughly four months duration from 1st July 2021).
Start-up companies that target the agriculture sector with an innovative idea and new products and services that deliver a tangible, positive impact on climate change.
Ventures must be incorporated in the UK (registered with Companies House or will register to company house if selected to receive investment).