Women in Sustainability Innovation application form

This programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, and counts as State Aid contribution.

Note: This programme is only open to SMEs based in England. If you are not in England, please do not proceed with this application but refer to www.cisl.cam.ac.uk/accelerator for information on other opportunities on how you can engage with us. You may also be interested in our online course, Women Leading Change, available worldwide.

This form must be completed by the lead applicant, who has a direct connection with the company.

If shortlisted, key founding members of the team must be available for the virtual initial assessment prior to the event programme and must commit to participate for the whole of its duration (2-4 hours a week).

All information provided in this form will be held as confidential, and will not be shared with third parties beyond CISL without your consent.

About you
First Name*
Last Name*
Email address*
Phone Number
Company/organisation name
Website (if available)
Which of the below best describes your enterprise?
If other (please specify)
Company Postcode (Must be in England)
Are you able to attend all virtual sessions?
Are you able to attend our in-person kick-off session and completion networking event in Cambridge?
About your venture or business
Elevator Pitch: In 500 characters, tell us what your venture / business concept is, in the simplest terms possible:*
What is your value proposition?*
Which industry does your business operate in?
Outline your biggest milestones to date, if any.*
Who are your competitors?*
What is your vision for the company over the next 6-12 months?*
What is your vision for the company over the next 3-5 years?*
Have you participated in any other accelerators or incubators? If so, please state which one(s):
Have you or your company received any awards or media recognition? If yes, please provide information:
As a founder of a startup, what are the top three challenges you are facing?
Is there a particular challenge you are facing, which you think is due to you being a female founder?
What environment and/or social sustainability problems are you solving?*
Which UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) does your venture address?*
Financial information
Has your company raised any funding yet? (This can include crowdfunding, grants, investment, convertible loads, bursaries…)  If yes, please state how much funding you’ve raised, at what company valuation, and who has funded you.
Is your venture generating revenue?*
Additional information
Looking at the programme outline, what interests you most?*
What would you like to get out of this programme?*

If you would like to send in any supporting documents with your application, please send to accelerator@cisl.cam.ac.uk with a subject line "W4SI" + your company name

Note: Our funding (European Regional Development Fund) requires us to report on job creation in the businesses we provide with support through our accelerator programmes. If you are accepted onto this programme, you and your company are agreeing to provide this information to us on request over the next two years.


Keeping in touch with you

We’d like to keep in touch with you to keep you informed about our activities/invite you to future programmes and events. Please indicate the formats in which you are happy to be contacted below (you can change these at any time by going here or automatically unsubscribing to emails).

How we use your personal data

The University of Cambridge will store your personal information in order to liaise with you as a consequence of your interest in our work, and (with your consent) keep you up to date with University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) news and let you know of future programmes and events.

We do not share your personal information with any third parties outside the University of Cambridge, other than those who are responsible for delivering all or part of a group, initiative, or event, except with your explicit permission. At times, personal data may be sent, including internationally, via email and other platforms for the purposes of efficiency.

For further information on the use of your personal data, see https://www.information-compliance.admin.cam.ac.uk/data-protection/general-data.

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