Business club offering £100,000 support package to sustainable start-up founders

Energy & Low Carbon Industry | Funding | South East | Start-up

A Business club based in London is giving away membership and business support packages worth over £100,000 to 5 new founders of companies that aim to solve environmental issues.

Home Grown – which is a private members club for entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors – has launched its Green Shoots programme to support business leaders who are looking to do the right thing.

Joot De Kruiff, General Manager at Home Grown Club, explains more: “We’re recognising those that have decided to start their entrepreneurial journey inspired by a meaningful purpose. Our Green Shoots initiative will support new founders with business ideas that focus on solving environmental and sustainability issues.

“The five successful entrepreneurs will receive full membership and access to the club and community of Home Grown for a period of 6 months, mentoring by experienced entrepreneurs and investors, and take part in a programme of comprehensive workshops with Home Grown partners in the realms of Legal, Accounting, Marketing, HR and Supply chain.

“The selected individuals will also be able to participate in all Home Grown member events in order to learn and grow their businesses and can enjoy a £2,000 allocation of budget for food and beverages, meeting rooms and bedroom spend in the club.”

Joost continues: “The winners will also have access to exclusive networking opportunities within Home Grown’s global network of visionary entrepreneurs, industry experts and business leaders, including the opportunity to pitch to investors.

“Home Grown’s key investment partner SFC Capital, the UK’s most active early-stage investor, has only recently hit the headlines as it is set to invest a total of £11m in early-stage start-ups by the end of this year, and is looking for founders with innovative and impactful business ideas.”

Green Shoots is aimed at entrepreneurs who have a proven transition from a corporate environment to becoming a founder of a company that has been set up within the last 12 months and supports one of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Stephen Page, CEO and Founder of SFC Capital comments: “Out of dark times great opportunities exist for those willing to take the risk and start a business. People unwilling to leave the comfort of a big company prior to Covid may no longer have that option and can find themselves unemployed. What greater time to go into the unknown and start a new business?

“We believe a number of great start-ups will be founded in the aftermath of Covid as the government support unwinds and talented individuals find the chance to make that step. The Home Grown Green Shoots campaign is designed to give support to five brave individuals starting out on a new journey. We support the initiative totally and believe only good things will emerge as a result.”

The deadline for applications is Sunday 31 January 2021. To apply or to find out more about the application process, visit here.

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