Zero Carbon Business Accelerator Programme


About the programme:

Zero Carbon Business Support Accelerator Programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the UK Government, led and managed by University of East London (UEL) ,Ying De Group, East Herts Council, Welwyn Hatfield Council, and other twenty delivery partners, that aim to provide resources, expertise and know-how to both expand and enhance the provision of business support available in the UK to potential, sustainable,  scalable and investable SMEs. The accelerator will help small and medium-sized enterprises explore how to solve the problem of realizing profits in a zero-carbon or low-carbon operating environment. Eastern New Energy (ENE) is a three-year regional support programme – focusing on low/zero carbon actions and local economic development.



Starting on 15th May and ending on 10th July 2021, the programme is offering a 6-weeks valuable package of training & support to a cohort of 10-20 promising early & late-stage innovators and help them to receive intensive advice and practical support that will enable them to raise investment funding from business angels and early-stage venture capitalist and thereby enable these SMEs to create new jobs in the UK. Furthermore, the programme helps them to develop crucial areas of their business and stimulate their awareness of industry collaboration in global scale, to accelerate their pathway towards commercialization and enable them to access to global capital market (again, address zero carbon).


Programme overview:

  • Week 1: Introduction and Challenges
    – Meet with cohort and professionals in the industry and discuss the status quo and challenges of the technology industry and seek a greater sustainable development direction.
  • Week 2: Innovation and Change
    – Understand the current changes facing the technology industry and the technological innovations that lead them. Also understand how the technology industry is related to zero carbon or low carbon emissions.
  • Week 3 & 4: Business plan
    – Understand the starting points of business plan, marketing, storytelling, publicity preparation, and how to combine the elements of zero carbon or low carbon emission.
  • Week 5: International Expansion and Oversea Opportunities
    – Seek access to working capital and oversea entrepreneurs to rebuild and reshape their business. In the meanwhile, explore various challenges in different markets and learn how to apply system thinking to ensure a flexible business model.
  • Week 6: Pitch Practice
    – Receive feedback from peers, investors and industry experts on your innovation.


As part of their involvement in the programme, SMEs will receive:

  1. Mentoring and business support
  2. Sector specific expertise
  3. Networking opportunities
  4. Dedicated sessions with a range of industry experts
  5. Direct connections with investors and support to raise seed funding
  6. Supporting SMEs to grow or modernise their business
  7. Supporting entrepreneurs to start their own business and expand the scale to oversea market


Supporting resources:

UEL Enterprise – who will underwrite the project, provide all the necessary academic and administration support services and bring its unique expertise and know-how to the development and delivery of this project specifically in the development of new tech-related sector focused accelerator programmes for London.

Ying De Group – delivers fundraising and legal services for the UK startups. Ying De supports this programme’s beneficiaries by proving the “international commercial market opportunities” to early stage ventures in new tech-related sectors. Ying De would be a strategic business partner with promising start-ups to help the continued expanding to Chinese market.


Who should apply:

Early & late-stage innovators based in the East of England.


How to apply and deadline:

We start to accept registration from 1st April.  Please complete our online application form.  Applications close on 30th April 2021.

If you have any specific questions on the programme, please email



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