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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Accelerator programmes

The CISL Accelerator supports small businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs to push boundaries in sustainability, through a combination of online and face to face programmes, events, webinars, hackathons and innovation sprints.

Trust in Sustainability II

Join this year-long programme to access training and expertise
that will help accelerate the growth of your business, further
develop your solution, find your product-market fit, and provide mentorship and networking opportunities.

Trust in Sustainability

Join this year-long programme and pilot to access training and expertise that will help to accelerate the growth of your business, provide mentorship and networking opportunities.


Launching your sustainability product with CISL Canopy

Join this programme to launch your sustainability innovation
product or service with CISL Canopy.

Sustainability Essentials for your Startup

This in-person programme is designed for small businesses,
including startups, who want to learn how to improve and report their sustainability impact of their business operation.



Legal 101 for impact-led startups

International Law firm Hogan Lovells will offer an overview of the
key legal considerations for impact-led startups and small businesses, from employment law to IP and data protection.


Accelerator to Net Zero II

Following the success of last year's Accelerator to Net Zero, we
are happy to announce our second net zero programme for
start-ups offering scalable innovative solutions for decarbonising
the economy.



Women In Sustainability Innovation

This transformative online accelerator aims to support women founders and entrepreneurs to strengthen their business skills and grow their sustainability startup.


Circular Disruptors Accelerator

Free accelerator for early to growth stage startups seeking to scale their circular solutions, with tailored business support and
connecting cross-industry leaders and circularity experts. 


British Antarctic Survey Hackathon

Two day virtual hackathon, bringing together innovators from
around the world to come up with solutions to help the British Antarctic Survey achieve net zero.


Manufacturing for good

Virtual accelerator programme to fast track innovations in circular materials, sustainable processing and innovative value chains.



Accelerator to net zero

Virtual Accelerator programme to support established SMEs with
high impact potential for enabling the net zero transition, accelerating their pathway towards commercial success and increasing their all-round sustainability.


Innovators for the built environment

Virtual Accelerator programme to fast-track promising SMEs who
are commercialising new products and services that could make
net zero a reality in the built environment space.


Innovators for sustainable fashion

Virtual accelerator programme to fast track innovations for a sustainable fashion industry. Open to early stage start-ups and entrepreneurs with innovations that tackle a wide range of sustainability challenges such as carbon emissions, water use and pollution reduction, as well as ethical issues in supply chains and consumer practice.


Understanding Impact

An introduction to sustainability reporting for SMEs. Delivered through a three-part series of one-hour interactive webinars,
experts from CISL and SME business leaders will explore how
SMEs can understand, track and report on their social and environmental impact.


Sustainability innovation for fashion designers

Virtual Accelerator programme to empower designers to transform the fashion status quo, through the integration of sustainable practices into their daily operations and value chain.

Innovators for change

Virtual accelerator programme to fast track resilience in times of disruption. Open to early stage start-ups and entrepreneurs with innovations that build resilience in one of three areas: business continuity; socially inclusive services; or environmental protection.