Founder FAQs
Global Growth Program

In 2023, Climate Salad launched our flagship Global Growth Program (GGP) for high-potential climate tech founders wanting to scale globally.

Applications are now open for our second cohort, and will close on March 1 2024 at 11:59PM AEDT. Below are a set of frequently asked questions about the GGP. If you have a question that isn't addressed in the list below, please reach out to Audrey at audrey@climatesalad.com.
What is the Global Growth Program?
The GGP is a 9 month program designed to support high-potential Australian climate tech find customers and enter new global markets. The entire program focusses on tailored coaching and mentoring based on your venture’s specific needs. Alongside a cohort of likeminded peers, you will work with your Entrepreneur in Residence to define what would make the biggest difference to your company’s growth trajectory. TheThis might be capital, customers, talent or leadership. On top of that, we know that it takes funding to explore new markets, so a key component of the program involves supporting companies to raise growth funding.
Who is the GGP for?
We understand that climate tech founders are doing three hard things: creating innovation, building a business and solving climate problems.
The GGP is for Australian climate tech founders who have strong growth potential and are interested in launching to global markets. Startups may tackle any sector of climate tech, including adaptation and mitigation. Hardware companies and founders of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Given the focus of the program, we prioritise companies who are looking to expand into new international markets within the next 12 months.
Are there any specific industries that the GGP focusses on?
The GGP does not focus on a specific industry within climate tech. We support all climate tech sectors and tech types, including hardware. If you have a high potential, scalble tech-based climate solution, a growing team and want to take your new technology to global markets, we want to hear from you.
How long does the GGP last?
The GGP is a 9 month program. The GGP is a deliberately longer program because we know that exploring new markets takes time and can look different for every company, so our program is tailored to the unique needs of your company - with a core focus on high value mentorship and tangible support, as opposed to structured content. That being said, we will also host monthly GGP sessions to cultivate peer-sharing and connect you with experts that can support your global growth journey.
What value can the Program give to my business?
  • Practical support in key areas such as acquiring your first international team member, closing your first overseas customer and guidance on raising growth funding
  • Access to optional international trade missions to network with potential partners, gain valuable insights into local markets, and establish a strong presence in your target regions
  • Full access to the Climate Salad team & Community
  • Core relationships with highly experienced and relevant mentors
Can you tell me more about how the Program can support my investment needs?
We recognise the exciting investment opportunity of supporting high-potential companies to scale globally. We support your investment journey in 2 ways:  We connect companies with active potential investors in our community. We have received significant interest from a range of investors, mentors and supporters in our community in a Climate Salad fund to directly invest in GGP companies.  We are currently structuring an investment vehicle and plan to be fundraising over the coming months. 
How time-intensive is the Program?
We recognise that your number one priority is running and growing a successful business, and we have deliberately designed the GGP to complement your day-to-day operations, not disrupt them. You and your designated entrepreneur-in-residence will work towards your goals in three month sprints. You will together determine the best cadence for you to connect. We will also be hosting monthly virtual cohort sessions to discuss key topics related to global growth and finally, 2-3 key in person events, which aim to deepen your connection with peers, investors and partners.
Is there a cost to the Program?
There is no cost involved in this program. We are founders first, and don't believe that charging founders is the best way to run a program like this. It is free to apply and being in the cohort is at no cost to you.
Will you run other cohorts?
Yes, we plan to launch a GGP cohort once per year.
What is the application and selection process like?
To apply for the GGP, the first step is to complete an application form. This will provide you with the opportunity to share with us details on your team, your solution, and your global ambitions. After reviewing all applications, we will shortlist companies that have the most potential to benefit from our program and invite them to participate in a deep dive interview. This deep dive is designed to be a two-way exchange of value. During the session, you will work closely with our team to discuss your plans for global expansion. This will help us identify the key areas where you need support and guidance to achieve your global growth goals. Overall, this process is designed to be a collaborative and supportive experience. We want to help you succeed and achieve your global growth ambitions.
What is climate tech?
Defining climate tech is not simple or clear cut. Traditional cleantech solutions typically focus on renewable energy and ‚Äėenvironmentally friendly‚Äô resourcing, and the focus of many climate conversations centres around reducing our Greenhouse Gas (GHGs) emissions. However, climate tech must also include solutions which help us build resilience and adapt to our changing environment.Climate Salad defines climate tech as a scalable tech-enabled solution for the climate crisis, by:
  • Directly reducing, avoiding or removing emissions, or enabling others to do so
  • Directly mitigating the effects of or adapting to a changing climate, or enabling others to do so
This definition is deliberately broad, partly because the industry is young and evolving rapidly, but also to ensure we are supporting as many climate solutions as possible.
What is Climate Salad?
Climate Salad is a community of over 400 climate tech startups and 800 entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, researchers, corporates, governments and supporters. Our 2030 mission is to help 1,000 climate tech companies and have at least 10 become global successes. We do this by helping companies build a team, get customers and find investors.We do that through community peer-to-peer support, workshops, mentoring, tools, content, events, showcases and programs to help climate tech companies go global.
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After all, these companies are doing three very hard things at once - creating innovation, solving climate problems and running a profitable company.
Why has Climate Salad launched the GGP?
Our planet is facing vast challenges that require a global response. The impact of the environmental crisis can be felt in every corner of the globe, from mass biodiversity loss to extreme weather patterns. Australian climate tech companies are rising to the challenge. They are harnessing the power of emerging technology to develop solutions that have the potential to make an outsized impact on a global scale. At Climate Salad, we strive to accelerate environmental sustainability by helping these companies have an outsized global impact. Climate Salad began by creating a community of passionate experts who share our mission. Now, with the support of this dynamic & rapidly growing community, we have launched our Global Growth Program (GGP).
How can I join Climate Salad?
If you are an Australian climate tech founder, investor, mentor or ecosystem supporter we’d love to hear from you. More information on joining can be found on our website here: https://www.climatesalad.com/join

Climate Salad Vision and Mission

Vision
Climate Salad massively contributes to climate action by helping companies building products to solve climate challenges to get connected to customers, talent, and investors.
Mission
By 2030, Climate Salad will have significantly impacted 1,000 climate tech companies by getting them a customer, a team member or an investor