6th August 2021

How Can Startups Help the Transition to Net Zero at Geovation?

Millie Smith

IPPC Report

The International Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) was released. It states that it’s unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean, and land. Unfortunately, this warming will continue as we keep emitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

According to Prof Nigel Arnell, Professor of Climate System Science, University of Reading and one of the reports lead authors “…impacts will continue to increase virtually everywhere, and only by major reductions in emissions – achieving net zero – will there be a chance of meeting the internationally-agreed climate targets”.*

At Geovation we believe that entrepreneurs have the power to help that transition to net zero, to make the world a better place. We’re here to help them achieve that through our market-leading Accelerator Programme in GeoTech and PropTech. Connecting industry problems to start-up solutions, so that, together, we can have a positive impact on people, planet and profit, sustainably.


Does your location-based startup help the transition to Net Zero?

To help startups contribute to the transition to net zero, the Geovation Accelerator Programme provides them with a wide range of support for up to 12 months. Startups gain the equivalent to over £100,000 worth of benefits, including:
·      A range of workshops, master classes and events to help startups grow their business
·      Access to a range of open and proprietary datasets from Ordnance Survey, Land Registry, and other partners
·      Up to 12 months Resident Innovator status at the Geovation Hub in London
·      Network opportunities to build connections within startup community and investors

Find out more about the Accelerator Programme here.

Geovation is seeking early stage startups using geospatial data and/or property location data to apply. We are particularly keen to hear from startups with propositions that are:

·      Using earth observation data for climate predictions, decarbonisation and other climate-focused purposes
·      Helping businesses to realise their sustainable development goals and ESG
·      Monitoring peatlands to support the growth of carbon sinks
·      Monitoring land use change
·      Assessing buildings (specifically) roof condition
·      Start-ups working in sustainability using location data
·      Working on Telco planning and asset registration
·      Using earth observation for commercial applications
·      Crowdsourcing mapping data

#GeovationNetZero 6 – Greener Buildings

This autumn, we continue our #GeovationNetZero series, initially focusing on Greener Buildings and the critical role that location data, GeoTech and PropTech can play in realising them. Developing a greener built environment contributes to at least seven of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).

Transitioning to Net Zero and the UNSDGs offers both significant challenges and commercial opportunities for new, innovative ventures to start-up, scale-up and flourish. Geographic data, expertise, tools and techniques have a pivotal role to play.

If you want to learn more about our previous #GeovationNetZero sessions, watch the recordings below:

Talk 1: Exploring the Role of Location and Property Data In Transitioning to NetZero

Talk 2: Good Carbon, Bad Carbon

Talk 3: Sustainable Consumption and Production

Talk 4: Towards a Sustainable Bio Economy

Talk 5: Financing Sustainability

* Prof Nigel Arnell, Professor of Climate System Science, University of Reading lead author for Chapter 12 – Climate change information for regional impact for risk assessment https://www.sciencemediacentre.org/expert-reaction-to-the-ipccs-working-group-i-contribution-to-the-sixth-assessment-report/