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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

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CISL’s Canopy supports entrepreneurs creating innovative sustainability solutions, as well as SMEs wanting to integrate sustainability into the core of their business operations. From our well established accelerator programmes, to our new workspace in Central Cambridge, Canopy provides the space, support and networks for sustainability innovation to thrive and grow.



CISL’s accelerator programmes are designed to support leading sustainability innovators, with new organisations and transformative business models that will decarbonise our economy, restore nature and create inclusive societies. Drawing on CISL’s expertise and international network in sustainability, each accelerator programme is custom designed around one or more of our ten sustainability themes, where innovation has an important role to play.

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Our accelerators are available free of charge to businesses based in England, with priority given to those within the Greater Cambridgeshire and Greater Peterborough area. For details of forthcoming and previous accelerator programmes and events, head here.


Canopy incubator

A new Cambridge home for entrepreneurs, startups, innovators and small businesses pioneering sustainability innovation. Our Canopy workspace, based in central Cambridge at the ultra sustainable Entopia building, will open in 2022. Find out more. 

Both the Canopy incubator and accelerators are part funded by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund. 


Meet the team

Viola bio (2)Viola Jardon

Senior Programme Manager

Jie ZhouJie Zhou

Programme Manager

Erenn Ore

Erenn Ore

Programme Manager

Zoe bio (2)Zoë Loughlin

Canopy Programme Manager

John bio (2)John Pharoah

Senior Project Manager


Contact us

Take a look at our upcoming programmes and events.