The Future 20 is an exciting initiative launched by Allia Future Business Centres together with a range of partners, including Stone King.
It’s a no-fee, no-equity incubator programme offering bespoke business support to 20 ventures that aim to address and solve global and local challenges in an innovative way.
How will starts-ups be supported?
They’ll receive a 12-18 month package of strategic support and practical business advice, from Allia and a network of partners from across the UK tech, innovation and professional service industries. This includes mentorship from select entrepreneurs and angel investors as well as introductions to funders and opportunities to raise capital, plus advice on product development, go-to-market roadmaps and access to testing sites, together with free workspace and prototyping facilities.
What does The Future 20 hope to achieve?
The aim of the programme is to support 20 inspiring UK start-ups that address the UN Sustainable Development Goals by tackling challenges such as climate action, clean water and sanitation, food poverty, clean energy, responsible consumption, gender equality and wellbeing – to help them develop into sustainable businesses, scale and create maximum impact.
Who else is involved?
AgeTech Accelerator, Agri-Tech East, Anglian water, Aurora Cambridge, Cambridge Cleantech, Cambridge Wireless, Enterprise Europe Network, The Health Foundry, Innovate UK, Oxford Greentech, Stone King, Water Innovation Network and the Wellcome Genome Campus.
What does Allia say?
Caroline Hyde, CEO of Allia Future Business Centres, said: “We are looking to leverage everything we and our partners can provide to ensure their acceleration and success in their ambition. Our partners represent some of the best sector specific and professional support available and we are delighted to collaborate with them all in this programme.”
Why is Stone King delighted to be involved?
Tamsin Eastwood, a Partner in Stone King’s Corporate & Commercial Team said:
“The Future 20 is an exciting opportunity to highlight the support that is available to innovative businesses that want to improve the world.
“At Stone King we have a wealth of experience in working with this sector establishing and building on relationships between private sector investors and community initiatives as well as providing skilled and tailored legal expertise.
“We are delighted to be involved and help these forward-thinking initiatives.”
When and where does the programme start?
Start-ups will be supported at one of Allia’s three Future Business Centres in east London, Cambridge or Peterborough or through its network of partner locations nationally. The programme started on June 21 2019.