The Tampa Bay Innovation Center is launching a new program to help entrepreneurs tackle the challenges climate change poses to communities and businesses in Florida and around the world.
The 12-week Climate Technology Accelerator Program will launch in January for early-stage startups working on climate technology and sustainability.
said Ken Evans, managing director of the Accelerator Program at the Tampa Bay Innovation Center. “Past accelerator cohorts have had climate and ESG[environmental, social and governance]companies with a B2B focus. No. But we do a very focused cohort of just those companies that are serving customers in that sector, building for that industry, and solving big climate and big tech problems. It’s a big problem for agriculture This is a big problem for local government It’s a big problem for business Companies big and small are impacted by this will receive.”
Focusing on the globally important issue of climate, this new accelerator program attracted over 250 applicants from the United States, South America, and other parts of the world.
“There were quite a few companies in Florida,” says Evans. “I was very happy to see companies in Florida submitting applications for the program.”
Startups working on stormwater issues, flood forecasting, ESG reporting, and microgrid technologies to increase the resilience of power supplies have been part of past accelerator cohorts. The Climate Technology Accelerator attracts applications from companies working on solutions in areas such as battery technology, carbon capture technology, agriculture, energy monitoring solutions, HVAC system energy savings, and marine pollution solutions.
Out of over 250 applicants, a cohort of 8-12 companies will be announced in late December or early January. The program offers weekly workshops, mentors who have built climate technology businesses and weekly guest speakers, customer validation surveys, networking with industry insiders, and introductions to potential investors.
For more information, visit the Tampa Bay Innovation Center.