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Climate Salad's Global Growth Program (GGP) is a nine-month accelerator-style program for high-potential Australian climate tech ventures. The program focusses on providing access to capital, customers and mentorship for ventures to succeed on a global scale.
With the support of the Climate Salad team, experienced mentors and industry experts, you'll have the resources and guidance you need to navigate new markets and drive growth. And as a bonus, you'll benefit from being a part of Australia's leading climate tech community.
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 in the next 12 months. Startups may tackle any sector of climate tech, including adaptation and mitigation.
Hardware companies and founders of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Our team, mentors and investors understand the unique challenges that come with scaling a climate tech business and we're here to help.
We're 100% focussed on climate solutions and know that climate technology is different from normal tech. It is often deep tech, may be hardware, and can be complicated and messy. It can require consumer behaviour change and new measurement protocols. It also needs to get to scale fast in order to avert the climate crisis. It needs a new approach.
This is why we have designed a program that favours prolonged support centred around high-value mentorship. This allows us to spend more time together working on issues that will make a tangible impact on your business growth, like business development.
The GGP is a nine month program with no set curriculum. 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 and Lead Mentor to define what will make a difference to your company's growth trajectory. This may be capital, customers, talent or leadership.
Additionally, we know that it takes funding to explore new markets, so we are planning to make investment available for every company that enters the GGP.
Applications will open in March 2023. We encourage you to submit an expression of interest if you want to be among the first notified when applications open.
We are also continually growing our mentor community. If you would like to express interest in becoming a mentor with Climate Salad, please submit a form below.
Customers are core to the success of your business. They prove that your solution addresses a real need, and are key to achieving sustainable, scalable and profitable growth. The GGP has a strong focus on business development and customer success.
Launching successfully in big global markets is key to having an outsized climate impact. The GGP will equip you with the knowledge and connections needed to realise your first few steps in your venture's global growth journey. This will include having the opportunity to attend a number of curated international missions to big markets.
Your team is your biggest asset. The best talent can help you grow faster, better and stronger. Attracting and retaining a diverse, agile team is essential to scaling your business.
Building community is a powerful way to access valuable information, resources and opportunities, or just get moral support. A key focus of the GGP is to equip ventures with a strong and supportive network of peers and experts.
We intend to make investment available for companies within the GGP cohort. Additionally, with over 30 years of combined cap raising knowledge within the Climate Salad team, we can support you by sharing effective investor relation strategies.
We care about meaningful solutions to climate change as much as you do and we understand that building an impact business can be challenging. The GGP can support you in better understanding and communicating your impact.
Great mentors help founders to see around corners and avoid business trauma. Early stage founders are passionate subject matter experts about their specific climate solution, but may need guidance on how to scale their business and grow globally.
If you are an experienced founder, investor, mentor or climate tech advocate, and want to give back to the Australian climate tech ecosystem, please submit an EOI to mentor in the GGP below. We also invite experienced ecosystem supporters in areas such as law, accounting, climate science, policy and advocacy or business strategy to become Subject Matter Mentors.
There are Lead Mentors and Subject Matter Mentors in our community. Lead Mentors go the distance with the founders during the GGP as their primary coach, working closely with staff and the EIR to execute an individualised program for each company. We use our own version of a Business Model Canvas to build out individual company Growth Plans with goals and problems that need solving.
Subject Matter Mentors will be brought in to work on specific problems that arise.
Lead Mentors are recruited to work with a company for nine months. The program will require some front-loaded mentoring sessions in the first month, but roughly your time commitment as a lead mentor will be 1 hour a week for nine months. Carry in the cohort will be available for lead mentors in the GGP.
Subject Matter Mentors are pulled in on an ad hoc basis to address specific problems of a founder. This typically requires 1-3 hours of advice.
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