If you are a founder of an impact start-up - one that is focused on addressing urgent environmental or social challenges, and you would like free mentoring, advice and workshops to help you focus and grow, check out Allia's Impact Accelerator.
A team of organisations in Cambridgeshire have joined forces to provide six new homes for people who are homeless.
Allia says:Here at Allia, we talk a lot about our mission to create a positive impact for people, place and planet… But what do our team do in their personal lives to play their part in saving the planet? After all, it’s the small things that go towards making a big difference.
When the Allia team built their first Future Business Centre in Cambridge back in 2013, they knew there were certain organisations that needed to be part of thier impact community from the start.
Hear from five founders who are part of Allia’s business support programmes. Each of them is making an incredible difference through their business, while also championing other women to take the plunge into the uncertain but exciting start-up world.
It’s safe to say that most organisations would like to improve their carbon footprint, reduce their emissions, and be more ‘eco-friendly’ and environmentally focused, but many don’t know where to start, or what that really involves. How much difference does it really make if one organisation turns down the heating in their offices, or encourages more staff to car-share on the way to work? …
The team at Allia Future Business Centre are busy recruiting for their FREE business support programmes in Cambridge.
Like a bright sunrise in January, the Climate Accelerator launch day lit Allia’s hopes for a great year ahead. Recently, the conference room at the British Antarctic Survey was filled with greetings as the Climate Accelerator cohort members gathered to pitch their ideas to each other, sharing their plans for a greener future.
Businesses in Cambridge can apply now for up to £10,000 grants to help reduce their energy consumption, save money and improve their productivity.
Picture this – you’re in your third or fourth hour of consecutive virtual meetings and fatigue is beginning to set in. Even a coffee won’t hit the spot, you’ve got a headache, and yet another Zoom meeting scheduled for later on. Did we ever think we’d be yearning for a face-to-face meeting?!
As we observe in Dragons' Den, the process of pitching a business idea before a panel of judges is daunting, to say the least. A stage sweat, worsened by the overhead lights, and the loud sound of expectation and applause are enough to send most people home. But Allia’s Impact Accelerator cohort know the run-down for pitching, having practised virtually about once a month for the past six months.
Allia has partnered with leading European initiative EIT Climate-KIC, to work with climate focused start-ups in the UK. They are looking for innovative solutions to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon, climate-resilient world. Apply now to join the Climate Accelerator for six months of intensive workshops, coaching and support.
The impact field is often regarded as difficult to quantify, qualify, and monetise. Yet as more social enterprises and other purpose-driven businesses continue to emerge and shine, the fact of impact’s real success is becoming impossible to ignore.
Allia is first UK partner of Europe’s leading climate innovation initiative to run Climate Accelerator
A new Climate Accelerator will start in Cambridge in January 2022, working with start-ups who have innovative solutions for addressing the climate emergency.
Allis is currently recruiting for its Amplify business growth programme in Cambridge and it has extended its application deadline to this Sunday (12th September).
The last 18 months have caused a new kind of anxiety for small business and start-up founders. One of the key things Allia have been hearing about is a lack of engagement outside founder ‘bubbles’. People haven’t been networking; they haven’t been chatting over coffee or meeting at the water cooler and thus have missed the opportunity to meet new contacts.
Allia Future Business Centres are busy with lots of recruitment for their business support programmes across all locations.
Have you missed going to conferences? Networking in person and chatting over coffee? It’s been a while since most of us have been able to due to the Covid crisis – and while we’re eager to get back to hearing expert tips, meeting peers, and checking out what’s for lunch, some may still be hesitant about the prospect.
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A six-month programme culminates in pitch day, with three winning ventures awarded in the the DIF-Allia Accelerator Challenge.
The team at Allia Future Business Centre says: "As we tentatively emerge from the worst of the Covid crisis in the UK, it’s heartening to see our friends and tenants returning to our centre. Every business has had a really tough time and had to make difficult decisions, but we’re delighted that our community at the Centre has weathered the storm – and stayed with us!
Allia has been working with impact ventures for many years (70+ ventures and over £90 million raised by alumni). Yet the organisation is still iterating on how it can make the Impact Accelerator more and more relevant to founders and the ecosystem as a whole.
Allia C&C – an expert in socially responsible finance – has joined forces with the Impact Investing Institute, Big Society Capital and Social Enterprise UK to lobby for the threshold for Retail Charity Bonds (RCB) to be lowered to allow more charity borrowers access to this type of funding.
Ready to get back in the office? Or should it be, is your office ready for your return?! After months of working from kitchen tables, beds or the sofa, there are a few practical things to consider for making your office return Covid-safe for you and your teams.
Given the year we’ve just had, it’s understandable to reflect on how far-reaching the economic effects of Covid-19 and lockdown will be, particularly on business and employment.