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The CISL Accelerator brings together a community of innovators, mentors, business leaders, policy makers, academics, industry experts, investors, and financial institutions, all working towards creating the future we want: decarbonising the economy, restoring nature, and addressing inequality.

Find out more about them, and about our work:

The Circular Economy Showcase Roundup: “If you want to change the world, you need to throw a better party than those destroying it” - Toast Ale

26 April 2022

26 April 2022 - CISL supported the UKRI Circular Economy Hub (CE-Hub) as it hosted its first annual Circular Economy Showcase. CISL’s Emma Fromberg and Jie Zhou review the biggest takeaways from the key speakers, and the wealth of sustainable innovations shared by startups and entrepreneurs.

Celebrating women in sustainable innovation: four founders share their advice

7 March 2022

8 March 2022- International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women and progression of gender parity, while also recognising that there is still much more to be done. This year’s theme challenges us to #BreakTheBias and to imagine a world that is diverse, equitable and inclusive, free of stereotypes and discrimination.

Climate Fit: Seven steps to net zero

23 February 2022

February 2022 - Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) account for around 90% of global businesses and half of all employment. In a world facing an urgent climate crisis, SMEs have a significant role to play in reducing carbon emissions.

A mindset journey for entrepreneurs

21 January 2022

Viola Jardon, Senior Programme Manager for CISL's Accelerator, sheds light on the challenging journey startup founders face, and the importance of taking time for reflection on their mindset.

Investing in net zero innovation

17 December 2021

20 December 2021 - Ian Lane, Partner at Cambridge Innovation Capital and contributor to the finance session of our 2021 Accelerator to net zero , shares his insights on the world of startup investment and the crucial role small businesses play in accelerating the path to net zero.

Winners announced in British Antarctic Survey and University of Cambridge net zero hackathon to decarbonise UK Antarctic Research Station

15 December 2021

15 December 2021 - A hackathon involving some highly innovative minds from across business and academia has resulted in the announcement of three winning entries to help decarbonise research stations for the British Antarctic Survey.

Achieving zero: CISL’s Accelerator to net zero

26 October 2021

Meeting the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 requires significant changes in how we use energy, as well as rapid acceleration and uptake of technologies that support decarbonisation. The good news is that for many of the challenges we face, solutions already exist. However, such technologies need to be propelled forward and scaled up, while ensuring they remain sustainable throughout the supply chain.

Meet our community:

19 May 2021

19 May 2021 –'s vision is to enable the current electrical infrastructure to run on 100% low carbon energy. To achieve this, they are developing an AI-powered digital twin of the power system ( Sabre) and related site selection products ( Compass) that will support energy stakeholders in their move towards a zero-carbon future. We caught up with their founder and CEO, Ali Safari, to find out more…

Meet our innovators: Hide Biotech

12 May 2021

5 May 2021 – Hide Biotech develops sustainable and high-quality biomaterials for the fashion industry and provides a technology platform for creating highly customisable materials for other sectors. Last year, their co-founder and CEO, Yudi Ding, joined our Innovators for sustainable fashion Accelerator. In this interview, Yudi tells us more about Hide’s collagen-based leather alternative and shares his best advice for aspiring sustainability start-ups.

Meet our innovators: Ideabatic

15 April 2021

15 April 2021 – Award-winning social enterprise Ideabatic develops innovations that help to improve people's lives in underserved communities. Their Founder and CEO Kitty Liao joined our Innovators for change Accelerator last year. In this interview, she shares her journey building an impact-driven start-up and what is to come for Ideabatic in 2021.