ForestTech – Land use – AgTech – FoodTech

SUSTAINABILITY ACCELERATOR

Join the Wise Guys Sustainability – Copenhagen acceleration program to shape a sustainable world beyond the climate crisis.

Get Funding

Get up to €80K investment for up to 9% equity (50K cash + 30K program) with a follow-on possibility

Learn from the best

Benefit from meeting top-notch industry experts: 250+ mentors, 200+ investors, and 500+ alumni

Be challenged

Join our intensive 5-month program power-packed with the latest insights and tools for sustainability and business development

Enjoy a hybrid program

Flexible onsite-online program with 7-8 weeks onsite in Copenhagen and 14-15 weeks online

Grow from a Founder to a Global Entrepreneur

In 2020 we developed our own “Impact Business Modeling” methodology. We added it to our accelerator success formula and conducted our first Sustainability Accelerator in spring 2021. Now we really know how to do it – how to coach early-stage teams with a purpose to solve the largest challenges of our time – and how to align their sustainable solution with the core of their business.

GO-TO-MARKET STRATEGY

Setting KPIs and goals: various frameworks, tracking, company-wide onboarding.

Customer discovery: how to find the right target market & audience.

Determining your startup’s key strengths and unique value proposition.

PRODUCT BUILDING

Product alignment and sales acceleration.

Product refinement based on feedback and new expertise.

IMPACT BUSINESS MODELLING

Focus on problem understanding and systemic design of impact business solutions.

Align your sustainable solution with the core of the business.

SALES & MARKETING

Synchronizing marketing and sales strategies.

Business and sales development strategies.

Pitching fundamentals and hacks.

FUTURE-PROOFING FOR SUCCESS

Defining a 12-month development roadmap across tech, sales, and overall business strategy.

Ins and out of fundraising: strategy, networking + unique exposure to business angels and VCs.

PROGRAM AFTER CARE

Continued on-demand help will be provided from the Startup Wise Guys team and mentors.

A never-ending journey as a part of the Startup Wise Guys alumni community follows.

Accelerating Sustainability

Agriculture and forestry-related activities generate 24% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide (according to the IPCC report and Project Drawdown). According to the UN, in order to limit the earth’s temperature to rise more than 1,5°C, the combined requirement of CO2 reduction in Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use represents 12 gigatons of CO2 per year. Working with ambitious and globally thinking startups for almost a decade, we believe that technology and entrepreneurs can help to tackle Climate change and we are there to support this effort.
Our upcoming Sustainability program is for B2B startups developing solutions for capturing, storing and/or reducing CO2 emissions. These solutions can be found in waste and diets, ecosystem protection, better agriculture practices, and the use of degraded lands. Therefore, we want to invest in and accelerate startups from various verticals, e.g. climatetech, agtech, biotech, edtech, fintech, retail services, consumertech, healthtech, wastetech etc. – as long as the solution is improving or systemically changing the “from farm to fork” supply chain.
And it is not only about reducing CO2 emissions – farming and forestry practices can also support the role of land in removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Many solutions that stop land-based emissions also enhance carbon sinks – which absorb roughly 29% of the carbon dioxide emissions pumped into the atmosphere each year. We have already run the first Sustainability startup cohort and are ready to accelerate more solutions for the betterment of the planet and society. Join us!

Program Dates

Wise Guys Sustainability accelerator in Copenhagen is a hybrid program that includes both online and offline modules.

Applications open

September 28

Applications closed

December 8

Program Starts

January 17, 2022

Progress Day

April 2022

Program Ends

June 2022

Awesome Mentors

We have a deep network of 250+ mentors who are experts in their fields or founders of startups themselves. Here are some of our top Sustainability, EdTech, Supply chain, and other mentors you will get the chance to meet and learn from at Wise Guys Sustainability acceleration program.

Jørgen Bo Larsen

Lead mentor of Forestry and Land use; Professor emeritus at University of Copenhagen, and working for the EU Commission on the new EU Forest strategy

Scott Dodson

Chief Growth Officer at Lingvist, serial entrepreneur and growth, product and marketing mentor

Mateusz Kozłowski

Partner at Techni Ventures and President at Niepubliczne Technikum Programistyczne Techni Schools

Katrin Kiviselg

B2B Sales coach, Partner in Northstar Consulting Group

Pedro Lima

Board Member & CEO at GLSMED, Centralized Logistics company of Luz Saúde (Portugal)

Calum Cameron

The brains behind the first Hack the Crisis hackathon

Ginny Radmall

Pitch coach, Director at The Ivy Way

Niko Lindholm

Program Director at EduSpaze Accelerator
And 250 more… Take a look

Team

Running an accelerator is a bit like running a sports camp! This is the kick-ass team that will keep you on track with KPIs, give constructive feedback and make your stay in Copenhagen a life-changing experience!

Attila Hudecz

Program Managing Director

Richard Georg Engström

Entrepreneur in Residence

Michael Honoré

Entrepreneur in Residence

Maxime Bauchau

Entrepreneur in Residence

And more… Take a look

Start your Sustainability journey with Startup Wise Guys

For 10 years Startup Wise Guys have coached over 500 founders, and built and invested in 235+ companies for the global digital marketplace. Today we are acknowledged as an international leader in startup acceleration – especially for B2B in underserved markets. Our network spans close to five hundred business people and investors mentoring and investing in our startup portfolio. We help very early stage teams to transform from a strong concept (PoC) to successfully operate in the global marketplace (PoB).

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notable exits

258

portfolio companies

70M €

raised by portfolio startups

600

founders

FAQ

We believe that entrepreneurship will play a crucial role in reaching a net-zero CO2 world. We have already run the first entirely Sustainability focused program and also are implementing Sustainability principles in the batches that are focused on other verticals. We want to support sustainability-focused founders to make a difference!

The entire supply chain “from farm to fork” accounts for approx. 25% of all greenhouse gas emissions thus we see the biggest positive impact of supporting founders and solutions specifically in this area.

The program is relying on various global frameworks and reports including the Project Drawdown, IPCC reports, and UN reports. Regarding the specific 17 Sustainable Development Goals, our program directly concerns the goals 12, 13, 14, and 15. But we strongly believe that each solution coming to the program has the potential to indirectly influence all 17 goals through ripple effects.

Throughout the program, there are five main focus areas on which we are working to help you build and grow your startup: Company building, Sales and marketing, Fundraising and Pitching, Product building, and Impact Business modeling.

Work in these areas happens through intensive collaboration with almost 100 mentors at workshops, one-on-one sessions, and sprint weeks, as well as through a dedicated implementation time throughout the program.

Up to EUR 80.000 investment plus program for up to 9% equity (up to EUR 50.000 in cash + EUR 30.000 for the program). And then up to potentially EUR 250.000 follow on investment after the program.

Our programs are meant for B2B startups. We do sometimes work with B2B2C companies, but we do not work with B2C startups.

To be eligible for the full-time acceleration program you need to have

  • at least a working MVP;
  • at least 2 co-founders/team members;
  • initial customer traction, ideally MRR or revenues, LOIs (Letter of Intent), and Pilots are also good.

For the Sustainability program – we are also looking deeply into the impact aspect of the business:

  1. Definition of impact (problem understanding and theory of change).
  2. Evidence of impact (metrics design and measurement format).
  3. Is the impact operational (and aligned with the business model).
  4. Systemic impact (is there a probability that the solution can disrupt and transform the entire marketplace).

  1. After the submission of the application to the Dealum, the Scouting team evaluates the application for eligibility. It can take up to 2 weeks for us to get back to you after we have received your application.
  2. If the application fits our criteria we might ask you additional questions and invite you to take part in the pitch day to present the business to SWG General partners and team members.
  3. Pitch day is an internal event to evaluate the business idea and meet founders face to face, after the pitches SWG team decides how to proceed with the application. Decisions are: move forward with Due Diligence, offer Wise Guys Pre-accelerator program, reject or stay in touch until later.
  4. Due diligence process includes: the Tech call, Managing Director call, Partner/ expert call, and the Deal call.
  5. After the startup has successfully gone through the due diligence process they are invited to the Selection Bootcamp.
  6. Selection Bootcamps happen every 6 weeks within the scouting process and the best 10 startups pitch in front of the General Partners and SWG team.
  7. TOP 10-12 teams are selected to participate in the acceleration program.

We select and attract mentors based on the selected teams’ needs. You will have a mix of workshops and a lot of 1:1 individual mentoring. You will be working deeply on Impact Business Model-methodology (incl. problem understanding, systemic solutions design, theory of change, impact measurements) and specific insights into your area of the solution.

Yes. We have a network of 100+ Nordic, Baltic and Global investors interested in these kinds of solutions.

No. But as the 6 weeks, on-site part of the program will run in Copenhagen, we’ll be requiring your physical presence during that time. The rest being online, you’re free to work from your home country with your team. Also, we’ll be running the program in the CET time zone, so you may have to adapt your schedule should you be located in different time zones.

The Wise Guys Sustainability Copenhagen acceleration program runs for 22 weeks, from January 17 till June 2022. It’s a flexible onsite-online program with 7-8 weeks onsite in Copenhagen and 14-15 weeks online.

You have to relocate only when the program runs on-site. The program starts with a 6-week full-time schedule and ends with an on-site Demo week in Copenhagen where we’ll require your physical presence (if COVID restrictions permit that). The rest of the program runs online during which you’re free to work from your home country with your team.

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