Turn your early stage concept into a live business. Our 12-week in-house accelerator is designed for pre-seed businesses for founders from under-represented backgrounds. Themed around Urban Futures for 2022, cohort nine are innovating in Mobility and Transport, Smart Data, Environment, and PropTech.
If you’re a pre-seed founder or founding team focusing on smart city and urban innovation, our 12-week intensive accelerator is designed to supercharge your business and give you everything you need to prepare for raising your seed round. Delivered by experts; serial entrepreneurs, world-class operators and investors with strong ties into our Urban Futures theme, the programme will be packed with learnings and practical knowledge to give you the confidence to launch your business on strong foundations.
Firstplanit is a GreenTech digital platform with patent-pending algorithms to make sustainable building product choices easy, cheap and personal for building teams. Joining Alpha: Founder Ankita Dwivedi who has previously led architecture, design and sustainability teams for top Fortune 100 businesses across the globeFind out more
OneCity is on a mission to create more inclusive, resilient, and sustainable cities by helping developers to find and evaluate the best investments that are aligned with the latest city plans. They use data and analytics to coordinate urban development and co-create equitable towns and cities. Joining Alpha: Cofounders Yuriy Milevskiy (business founder, experienced in: urban planning and property development), and Miriam Maina (urban planner, researcher and geoinformatics expert).Find out more
CityMaaS is making the world accessible online and offline, using two streams of technology, digital accessibility tools and a global mobility map for physical spaces. Joining Alpha: Founder Rene Perkins CA MSc BA(Hon) - Rene has been named one of the top 50 BAME founders under 50 by Techround and is a serial entrepreneur.Find out more
MOSA is building a smart parking and service platform for micro-mobility. They use patent-pending, low-cost IoT technology (MOSA lock) to turn conventional parking racks into smart and safe parking spaces at scale. Joining Alpha: Cofounders Josh Liu (previously Foxconn) and Simon Laumet (trained mechanic and transport and industrial design academic).Find out more
Mykor is a biotechnology and advanced materials company developing sustainable materials for the construction industry. The company’s proprietary custom-engineered materials are sustainable, highly-performative and carbon-negative. Joining Alpha: Cofounders Valentina Dipietro (award-winning materials designer, lecturer, and former researcher at Green Lab and Kyoto Design Lab), and Olivia Page (internationally-renowned architect and project manager).Find out more
Kuppa identifies retrofit upgrades to reduce a home’s energy demand, making homes cosier to live in and cheaper and more efficient to run. To overcome convenience, cost and industry barriers - the MVP product will evolve to bundle assessment, financing, installation and monitoring of retrofit upgrades. Joining Alpha: Cofounders Kirsty Kenney (Urban Geography academic and previously Smart Cities Consulting group at Accenture), and Reinier Zeldenrust (Mphil in Environmental Design and Architecture, previously: Atelier Ten and Foster + Partners).Find out more
Alpha is built for pre-seed founders who are yet to raise their seed round but are intending to raise at least £350K in the 6 months following the programme start date. We're looking to see that you've spotted an opportunity within sustainability, and have the data and early revenue to back it up.
Our 2022 theme is Urban Futures. We’re on the lookout for 6 purpose-driven for-profit startups who are championing urban innovation. From mobility and transport and the environment to smart data and PropTech - we're seeking the innovations making our cities smarter.
In 2017 as the lack of diversity and equality within the startup ecosystem became deafeningly apparent, we realised that founders from under-represented backgrounds are the ones who can benefit most from a helping hand. We’re looking for diverse founders with talent, passion, and commitment.
This intensive programme covers:
We select five startups from hundreds of applicants each year. To be eligible:
We’d had enough of accelerators taking large chunks of founder equity and charging huge sums for access. Pre-seed founders don’t have cash to spare and they definitely shouldn’t need to part with their most valuable asset - their equity - so early on. Huckletree Alpha is completely free of charge for the selected startups. We don’t charge fees, and we don’t take equity. Ever.
Applications open: 3rd January 2022 Application deadline: 27th February 2022 Application pitches: 7th March 2022 Programme dates: 12th April - 30th June
Our Alphas have raised £34m+ in collective funding and two have successfully exited
our Alpha businesses have created 250 (and growing) roles for the industry, from tech to finance
We’re proud of the positive feedback from our graduates across all seven cohorts
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