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Clean technology incubation and venture support

The Carbon Trust helps clean tech ventures to grow. We de-risk and accelerate a wide range of innovative clean tech solutions through our incubation support. This enables green growth, catalyses green jobs, and stimulates private sector investment and industrial partnerships.

Through our work, we have assessed more than 3,500 clean technology ventures and projects and supported more than 350 of them. Our venture support activities have catalysed more than £150 million of investment, license, and joint development agreements within a year of ventures graduating from our support.


We have worked across all clean technology sectors and have extensive experience in:

  • Designing, setting up, and managing incubators for public and private clients, e.g. the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and GE
  • Assessing ventures to identify commercialisation gaps and structuring tailored support programmes to address these gaps
  • Delivering customised commercialisation support to clean tech ventures across a wide range of areas including market analysis, strategy and business planning, sales and business development, technology and product development, supply chain and operations, team and board, and funding support


Our unique track record of working closely with governments, innovators, financiers and corporates provides us with a deep understanding of their needs and an unrivalled network in the industry. Our experienced team members have a variety of technical and commercial skills and have worked as investors, entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, policy specialists, consultants, and within corporates. We also have a range of proprietary venture assessment and support tools that we use to support our incubation assessments and delivery.


The Carbon Trust has designed, developed, and managed clean technology incubator programmes for more than a decade for public and private clients across Europe. We have incubated over 350 clean tech ventures and are currently working with around 25 clean tech businesses across a wide range of technology areas.

Our incubation support is tailored to the needs of each venture and includes advice in the following areas:

  • Market analysis (including market prioritisation, competitor analysis, and industrial partnering)
  • Strategy and business planning (including business model advice, business plan development, and market entry strategy)
  • Sales and business development (including developing customer value propositions, building sales pipelines, catalysing strategic sales, and developing marketing and PR capabilities)
  • Team and board (including mentoring CEOs, analysing team and board needs, and identifying key hires/board members to unlock venture growth)
  • Technology and product development (including technology and product roadmapping, intellectual property strategy, independent technology verification, and product development advice)
  • Supply chain and operations (including supply chain development and new supplier identification)
  • Investment readiness (including networking, advice on fundraising, and developing an investor ready business plan and pitch)


The Carbon Trust has worked with a range of clients and partners on delivering incubation support including the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), GE, Scottish Enterprise, and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. For example, we are an incubation delivery partner for DECC’s £40 million Energy Entrepreneurs Fund which provides research and development grants and incubation support to leading clean tech innovators in the UK. For GE, we launched a $5m pan European incubation partnership to find, assess, incubate and invest in leading start-up ventures across Europe using a bespoke model to assess start-up needs and support them to engage with business units in strategic areas of interest for GE.

Example incubation clients

BEIS, GE, Catapult, Scottish Enterprise

Clean Tech Venture Growth Thought Leadership

Our incubation team has co-authored a variety of thought leadership reports and viewpoints to highlight the opportunity for clean tech ventures and the success they have achieved.  



How the UK’s low carbon business sector can benefit from export opportunities to the MUST countries – Mexico, the UAE, South Africa and Turkey.

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