Undaunted, part of the Better Futures programme, are launching their second cohort for the Better Futures Retrofit Accelerator.

Better Futures Retrofit Accelerator is calling for applications from innovative minds who are passionate about transforming the built environment and driving sustainability forward.

🗓️ Deadline for Applications: March 10, 2024

🔗 How to apply: Application form | Application guidance

Property Advice Service Programme are delivering FREE commercial property advice to businesses in London.

Join their next webinar on Tuesday February 20th, 10:00 – 11:00, and learn about:

1 – Business rates and rate relief

2 – Understanding your lease

3 – Resolving your property problems

Get involved so you don’t miss out on exclusive insights and industry expertise, alongside engaging with specialists to gain invaluable advice for your commercial property needs.

To attend, simply click here to fill in our Property Advice Service registration form.

Spark! are looking for volunteers who can support a young person with one-to-one career and employability mentoring.

As a volunteer on the CONNECT Mentoring programme, Spark! can ensure that you will have everything you need in terms of guidance, resources and support

What Spark! Provides to mentors:

1- 2 hr in-person training session
2- A ‘Mentor Toolkit’, inc. resources, activities and guidance
3- Personalised support every step of the way

What Spark! Needs from you:

1- Commitment to the programme and six 1hr mentoring sessions
2- Flexible diary to schedule in sessions
3- Patience and understanding for your young mentee

If you would like to be a mentor, then please click here for the expression of interest form.

Radiant Matter is hiring!

Radiant Matter  is developing a new generation of colour and material solutions for the circular economy. Inspired by nature’s ingenuity, they engineer naturally sparkling structural colours to help the textile industry dramatically reduce its environmental impact.  They have developed the world’s first BioSequin, built with sparkling iridescence.
Made from renewable and abundant cellulose, their biodegradable sequins are brilliantly shimmering colours which are non-toxic, colourfast and pigment free. Their glittering metallic sheen is free from minerals, metals, and associated mining, offering an ethical supply chain.  Following on from their success at COP28 in Dubai where they showcased at Stella McCartney Sustainable Market: Innovating Tomorrow’s Solutions at COP28.

They are now looking to expand with 3 new roles!

1 – Mechanical/Production Engineer

2 –  Polymer Scientist

3 – Colloidal Scientist 

Good Luck!

Women in Cleantech (WiCT) is a project funded by the Mayor of London, led by Undaunted to develop an active and collaborative network that brings together a suite of resources that recognises and supports women entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders.

As part of their plans to continuously improve and tailor the network Undaunted has created a survey.

If you are a female cleantech founder, take a few minutes to share your thoughts by completing the short survey before 9 February. All responses are anonymous.

Three highlighted opportunities at Undaunted: 

1. Paid climate innovation internship opportunity at Undaunted:

Are you passionate about climate innovation and looking for an exciting part-time paid role? Maybe you know someone who fits that bill? We’re currently recruiting an intern to work within The Greenhouse team in a role that will also give the post-holder an insight into the rest of Undaunted’s work.

The candidate will gain an overview of how Undaunted supports cleantech start-ups and an insight into developing technologies in the field of climate and sustainability focused innovation.

Deadline: 29 January 2024    Job description, key responsibilities and requirements for the role

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2. Want to enter the sustainability sector but have no idea where to start or look?

The Green Careers Fair is the perfect chance to network with professionals working on tackling the climate crisis. It will host energy, consultancy, biotechnology companies and more!

Supported by Sustainable Imperial and organised by Imperial student societies, the event is open to all. No pre-registration is required – add the date to your calendar and drop in on the day.

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3. Ready to shape the future of cleantech?

Imperial’s new MSc Cleantech Innovation is designed to provide aspiring climate entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge necessary to create pioneering innovations within sectors including energy, materials, manufacturing, water, transport and food.

Jointly delivered through the Dyson School of Design Engineering and the Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment, including a residency project with Undaunted.

Find out more, meet some of the faculty and ask your questions at the upcoming virtual open day on 21 February, 12.00-13.30 GMT.

We celebrate an incredible accolade for two of our home grown West London innovators who beat off the competition to be showcased in the world’s largest sustainable international conference in Dubai last November – COP28.  Magway was selected amongst hundreds of applicants to present their solution in the UK pavilion in the blue zone whilst Radiant Matter  were in the spotlight at the Stella McCartney Sustainable Market: Innovating Tomorrow’s Solutions.

Radiant Matter, a chosen supplier partner to Stella McCartney, was able to showcase how they are pushing the boundaries of biomaterials. Their contribution represents a significant step towards reducing the environmental impact of traditional material in fashion.

Magway, recognised at COP28 as one of only two companies to feature a physical model on the main UK pavilion, demonstrated the potential to revolutionise ‘hard-to-decarbonise’ industries like construction and mining. The enthusiastic reception at the event underscored the substantial impact their solution could have in transforming these sectors.

The success of Magway and Radiant Matter at COP28 highlights the power of collaboration, innovation, and a dedicated community.

Read more on each of our spotlight companies journey at COP28 :

Radiant Matter at COP 28       Magway in the UK pavilion

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File:Earthshot Prize.svg - Wikipedia City Farm Systems Ltd | LinkedIn

City Farm Systems, a West London Business member has been delighted to announce they have been nominated for The 2024 Earthshot Prize. In parallel with Prince William announcing the 2023 award winners in Singapore nominations were invited for next year’s program from approved bodies.

“It is with great pleasure that I inform you of your nomination for The 2024 Earthshot Prize. Your application stood out among many outstanding submissions, and we are honored to endorse your project as it aligns remarkably with the goals and values of The Earthshot Prize.

Your initiative’s potential for significant impact, alignment with the Prize’s selection priorities, and the scalability of your solution were particularly impressive. We believe that your work embodies the transformative spirit and innovation that The Earthshot Prize seeks to recognize and support.” – Impact Entrepreneur’s selection committee Laurie Lane-Zucker

Helping Smart Cities Feed Themselves is why City Farm Systems was formed with the aim of reducing the resources needed to provide healthy food.

Many news headlines mention shortages of fresh produce such as herbs and salads while commercial greenhouses and Vertical Farms can no longer pay excessive overheads. With intensive indoor growers facing huge energy costs City Farm Systems offer an alternative business model to supply crops that can often cost more to deliver than to grow.

CFS’s automated rooftop greenhouses distribute growing to avoid the most expensive final mile and vast amounts of transit only packaging. This swaps food miles for minutes and metres, hands shelf life to the consumer and avoids empty shelves. Since city traffic is no longer faster than a horse and cart congested cities impose access charging this gives many benefits to urban populations. With all heavily occupied buildings paying to dump near perfect conditions for a greenhouse this makes them more efficient and helps make healthy food affordable. Consuming a host building’s Scope 1&2 emissions this is a better than Net Zero solution that avoids all related Scope 3 emissions.

City Farm Systems seeks partnerships in the commercial property, building services sectors and any business who recognises the potential this offers to address the issues flagged up at COP28 while moving ESG from a must have overhead to a profit earning asset.

To find out more on the website: City Farm Systems – Net Zero from Seed-to-Sale

Applications are now open for a fully-funded training programme with industry experts. Emerging fashion brands will benefit from monthly mentoring and peer-to-peer workshops worth over £2,500 per participating business.

The programme will be delivered Evo Fashion, managed by University of the Arts London (UAL)’s Fashion District, and aims to help up-and-coming fashion companies in the capital build strong business models, gain access to funding and more. The programme is supported by the Mayor of London and is a testament to London’s incredibly supportive ecosystem for scaleups.

“London is the fashion capital of the world and supporting new brands, businesses and designers through projects such as Evo Fashion will help new fashion entrepreneurs thrive. The Mayor and I are proud to support initiatives like these which work with businesses to build a better, more sustainable and prosperous London for everyone.” – Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries

Evo Fashion is a five-month experiential programme for emerging brands and fashion technology businesses. It will take a holistic approach to business strategy, focusing on supply chain sustainability, ethical working standards, channels to market, and investment readiness. Designed to fit alongside work commitments, activities will include an initial two-day intensive, masterclasses, and peer-to-peer learning culminating in an industry showcase.

Evo Fashion is delivered by Fashion District and Evo Learning

APPLY NOW!

For more information: New programme to support London creatives behind sustainable fashion brands | Bdaily

Applications are now open for the 2024 Q1 Lift Off event and you are encouraged to apply ASAP through the CompeteFor platform if your business wishes to participate.

The theme for this opportunity will be Sustainability. Efforts to become more sustainable is one of Heathrow’s top priorities in their operations and construction activities. The airport is particularly interested in potential solutions relating to: Materials and waste management, Sustainable packaging, Eliminating single use plastics and products (plastic water bottles, coffee cups), Environmental monitoring technologies (e.g., air quality, surface water and ground water, biodiversity, noise), AI and environmental data solutions recycling technologies, Behaviour change and much more…

If you have an innovative solution which could benefit Heathrow’s focus on sustainability then register your interest via CompeteFor by Friday 12 January – 5pm.

REGISTER ON COMPETEFOR

Once you have registered, or if your organisation already has a CompeteFor profile, you can login and select the Lift Off Event Q1 2024 opportunity.

To view the full range of current Heathrow procurement opportunities, visit www.competefor.com/heathrow/

WHAT IS LIFT OFF?

Heathrow Lift Off is a new concept developed in 2022 as an additional way for the airport to attract and work with SMEs. It provides a platform for selected organisations to present their products and services to and connect with a panel made up of Heathrow and its largest supply chain partner organisations.

On 16 November 2023, the Q4 Lift Off event was held at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel. This comprised of four separate sessions with panel members from Wilson James, AtkinsRealis, Costain and Mace seeking to gain insights into what our Heathrow’s SME suppliers had to showcase on the day.

WHAT IS COMPETEFOR?
CompeteFor is Heathrow’s chosen supply chain opportunities platform. The platform advertises opportunities from Heathrow and their wider supply chain. It is also used by other national organisations and governmental departments to advertise tenders. All organisations wishing to participate in Lift Off are required to complete registration on the CompeteFor platform. You can expect initial registration to take around 30 minutes.