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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Manufacturing for good


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


Free, six week online accelerator programme. 3-4 hours a week.

Who should apply?

Early stage startups with innovations that improve sustainability across the supply chain, based in England.

Applications for this programme are now closed. If you are interested in discussing future opportunities on this topic please get in touch.


About the accelerator

The linear model of ‘take, make, and waste’ when it comes to manufacturing and consuming goods needs to change.  With the need and demand for socially and environmentally sound consumption soaring, innovative businesses are transforming manufacturing processes and putting sustainability at the core of their business model. Progressive companies are moving away from traditional concepts of supply chains, towards a value chain approach, collaborating with stakeholders to take into account the full impact of a product or process, including workers wellbeing, material sourcing, production, consumption and recycling.

From circular materials and sustainable processing to transparency and traceability, the CISL Manufacturing for good Accelerator is looking for early stage startups with tech-driven innovations that have the potential to advance sustainability through innovative manufacturing.

This free Accelerator programme will bring together a select cohort of innovators to help fast track sustainability solutions. Delivered over six weeks of interactive online sessions, with contributors from the University of Cambridge, the European Remanufacturing Council, Cambridge Innovation Capital, IBM, Sustainable Ventures, Startupbootcamp and Stanford Angels.


Programme overview

Week one: Meet the cohort and strength test your sustainability proposition.

Week two: What does good look like? Explore sustainable manufacturing from different angles, (re)visit your market and product fit, and refine your value proposition.

Weeks three: Innovation showroom - share experiences with successful innovators breaking new ground in the industry and explore how to use the Lean Startup approach to mitigate your start-up risks.

Weeks four: Discover how corporates are addressing sustainability within their value chain, and learn how to apply systems thinking to ensure a resilient business model.

Week five: Finance, and sustainability storytelling.

Week six: Pitching – do’s and don’ts and practice, with expert panel feedback. 

Follow up: opportunity to participate in CISL’s innovation showroom event.  


Join this programme, and you will:

  • Explore cross sector social and environmental challenges
  • Learn from leading innovators driving change
  • Test your commercialisation plans and learn how to mitigate risks in your startup journey
  • Gain storytelling skills and insights
  • Hear from investors on the do’s and don’ts for accessing startup funding
  • Meet corporate buyers who are interested in sustainable solutions



Shaunie Brett

Director Sussed Sustainability Consulting 

David Fitzsimons

Director, European Remanufacturing council

Marie El Hoyek

Associate Partner, McKinsey

Angela Honegger

PhD Candidate, University of St. Gallen and External Consultant, Ashoka

Viola Jardon

Programme Manager, CISL

Emma Fromberg

Programme Manager, CISL

Rani Saad

Co-Founder at Stanford Angels and Founding Partner at Apex Black

Ian Lane

Partner, Cambridge Innovation Capital

Erenn Ore

Programme Manager, CISL

Irene Maffini

Accelerator Portfolio Director, Sustainable Ventures

Lennaert Jonkers

Venture Partner at Social Impact Capital, Entrepreneur at DevelopMinded 

Stefano Galassi

Managing Director at Startupbootcamp Global FashionTech

Natalia Pawlak

COO at My Wardrobe HQ

Ayca Dundar

Founder at SoluBlue


Who should apply

We’re looking for early stage startups with tech-driven innovations in the following categories: sustainable materials; sustainable processing; transparency and traceability; waste management; supply chain logistics; innovative, low-consumption business models.

This programme is part funded by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund, and is available for free to SMEs based in England, with priority given to those in parts of the East of England


Applications for this programme are now closed. If you are interested in discussing future opportunities on this topic please get in touch.