Climate Ready for Women

in Upcycling

ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR WOMEN FOUNDERS IN UPCYCLING BUSINESS

Application are now closed

WHAT IS CLIMATE READY FOR WOMEN IN UPCYCLING?

Climate Ready for Women in Upcycling is a pre- accelerator program designed specifically for women entrepreneurs in upcycling business with focus on business literacy and build successful business models through training and mentorship. The program is designed to bridge the missing skills so that women entrepreneurs build confidence and gain adequate knowledge to thrive in the market and actively seek support available in the ecosystem.

It is a program by Climate Collective Foundation with the aim to create a gender balanced and inclusive startup ecosystem.

WHAT IS UPCYCLING AND WHY UPCYCLING?

Upcycling is a process by which the end product is made of an equal or higher value than the composition materials. It is not easy to replace plastics that quickly, and many materials are not economically viable to recycle. 

To give the waste material a longer life, increase material efficiency and reduce energy usage we need to move from the established linearity in the plastics chain to circularity. 

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF PROGRAM

To have more successful women-led startups in upcycling.

 

To ensure lesser burden on landfills and waste flowing in waterways by increasing the number of profitable ventures in upcycling.

 

To ensure larger, more quality and gender diverse pipelines into the existing entrepreneurship support programs in the ecosystem.

 

SDG 5 – Achievement of gender equality and empowerment of all

women and girls

WHAT WILL CLIMATE READY FOR WOMEN IN UPCYCLING DO FOR YOU?

Develop your understanding of upcycling business models

Build business literacy and confidence if you are an early-stage women entrepreneur

Give you personalized mentoring on the technical aspects of upcycling as well as business support

Connect you to the wider support networks and increase visibility of your startup

WHO CAN APPLY?

Application are now closed

PROGRAM FORMAT

Bootcamp

one day intensive training workshop

Training workshops

basic business concepts

Founder Talks

interaction and learning from similar businesses and successful women founders

Collaborative exercises

Collaborative market research

One-on-One mentoring sessions

Technical and business mentoring sessions

Application support

Sessions on writing quality applications for Climate Launchpad and other support programs in the ecosystem

Showcase event

Showcase of all businesses in the cohort to increase visibility

Timeline

FAQs

Climate Ready for Women in Upcycling is a pre- accelerator program designed specifically for women entrepreneurs in upcycling business with focus on business literacy and building successful business models through training and mentorship. The program is designed to bridge the missing skills, so that women entrepreneurs build confidence and gain adequate knowledge to thrive in the market and actively seek support available in the ecosystem.

It is a program by Climate Collective Foundation with the aim to create a gender balanced and inclusive startup ecosystem.

To have more successful women-led startups in upcycling.

To ensure lesser burden on landfills and waste flowing in waterways by increasing the number of profitable ventures in upcycling. 

To ensure larger, more quality and gender diverse pipelines into the existing entrepreneurship support programs in the ecosystem.

SDG 5 – Achievement of gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls

Climate Ready for Women in Upcycling intends to have more gender balanced ventures thriving in marketplace. If you are a women entrepreneur in early stage of your upcycling business, this program will help you –

  • build business literacy and confidence
  • develop understanding of upcycling business models
  • connect to wider support networks and increase visibility for your startup
  • interact with and learn from other women founders in the domain
  • understand the technical and business aspects of upcycling through personalized mentoring session
  • fill out quality applications for further support programs in the ecosystem

Post successful completion of the cohort, we offer the opportunity to be part of the global accelerator Climate Launchpad (www.climatelaunchpad.org) for selected participants

To apply

  • you should be a women founder/ co-founder of an upcycling business
  • be registered/ based in India
  • if your startup is at or near MVP stage or pilot sales.

(If you are still in ideation stage feel free to apply and we will consider on a case-by-case basis)

NB: we are particularly interested in receiving applications from start-ups who upcycle plastic waste source, although upcycling businesses from other waste sources are also welcome to apply and will be selected for the cohort

We will select 20 start-ups in upcycling to join the cohort.

Climate Ready for Upcycling pre-accelerator

This cohort will comprise of 20 women led startups in upcycling who are at the MVP or early sales stage. The accepted participants will be given capacity training, in the form webinars to build business literacy skills, networking opportunities, market research through collaborative exercises within the group as well interactive sessions with external speakers/founders/mentors and confidence building to leverage further opportunities. There will be personalized mentoring sessions with technical and business mentors through the course of the program. The program will end with a showcase event where all the startups in the cohort will be showcased to relevant stakeholders.

Applications open on 02nd Dec 2020.

Applications close on 02nd Jan 2021 11:59 PM IST.

Announcement of selected start-ups – 18th Jan 2021

Bootcamp: 3rd Week of Jan

Training sessions: 3rd Week of Jan to May

Program wrapping up: End of May

No, the program will be conducted online/virtually, and there is no expectation to relocate.

2 hrs per week. (Training sessions will be conducted as per the chosen time slots from majority of the selected participants)

Application are now closed for Climate Ready for Women in Upcycling

After submission, the applications will be evaluated by the jury members. If your application is shortlisted, the jury may request for a remote interview should they think they need to understand you as an entrepreneur/your startup in greater detail. Once selected, you will be invited to join the Climate Ready for Women in Upcycling.

Last date of application is 2nd January 2021 till 11:59PM IST

Applicants will be evaluated on multiple parameters, covering: the market opportunity; technology potential; quality of team; traction and strength of business model; and social & climate impact.

Any IP that is developed prior to or during the program remains the sole property of the applicant team (or team members, as the case may be). If you feel any information is sensitive or confidential, we recommend not sharing the same during the application process.

 We seek no rights over IP, nor represent to facilitate any assistance in any IP-related matters when dealing with potential partners for any engagements or opportunities.

We will treat all application data as highly confidential information; however, we will share such data with jury members and program partners for obvious reasons of evaluation and assessment. In your application, please do not disclose any information that you consider proprietary. The applicants will have the right to revoke/delete their data at any stage of the program execution, however, on doing so, the applicant can no longer participate in the program as their information will no longer be in our databases for evaluation and screening.

In order to protect the health and safety of all the participants and considering the current situations of Covid-19, this event will be entirely virtual. The quality of the program would not be affected.

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