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We’ve collected all of the news and blog posts from across the team at Allia – read on for insights about impact; spotlights on some of the exciting projects our tenants and partners work on; and interesting thought-pieces from across the sector

Allia launches year-long Climate in Focus campaign
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Allia launches year-long Climate in Focus campaign

Allia has kick-started a Climate in Focus campaign that will span activities within its Future Business Centres and the programmes that its venture support team deliver in 2022, in order to raise the urgency of the climate crisis and support those who have innovative solutions to address it.

Allia is the first UK partner of Europe’s leading climate innovation initiative to run Climate Accelerator
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Allia is the first UK partner of Europe’s leading climate innovation initiative to run Climate Accelerator

New Climate Accelerator will start in Cambridge in January 2022, working with start-ups who have innovative solutions for addressing the climate emergency

Allia is the first UK partner of EIT Climate-KIC to run a 6-month intensive Accelerator offering climate tech founders the opportunity to develop their start-ups and tackle the critical mission of the climate crisis.

Winning prize shared between ventures at the DIF-Allia Accelerator Challenge final pitch day
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Winning prize shared between ventures at the DIF-Allia Accelerator Challenge final pitch day

Six-month programme culminates in pitch day with three winning ventures awarded

GrandNanny, a social enterprise that matches working families with midlife+ neighbours to provide rewarding jobs and reliable childcare, has been awarded £10,000 by DIF Capital for winning the DIF-Allia Accelerator Challenge, with Greater Change and Appt also being awarded £7,500 each.

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Preparing for pitch day
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Preparing for pitch day

As we observe in Dragons Den, the process of pitching a business idea before a panel of judges is daunting, to say the least. A stage sweat, worsened by the overhead lights, and the loud sound of expectation and applause are enough to send most people home.

Four lessons that innovation can learn from impact
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Four lessons that innovation can learn from impact

The impact field is often regarded as difficult to quantify, qualify, and monetise. Yet as more social enterprises and other purpose-driven businesses continue to emerge and shine, the fact of impact’s real success is becoming impossible to ignore. There may be specific learnings that corporate leaders can glean from the experiences of founders in the impact space.

Meet Kate Hughes, our Facilities Manager
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Meet Kate Hughes, our Facilities Manager

When did you join Allia? 

June 2019, almost 2.5 years ago

Has your role changed since you started here – and in what way?

I started as an Assistant Facilities Manager and was promoted to Facilities Manager within my first year.

Amplify your impact with Allia’s new founder’s club
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Amplify your impact with Allia’s new founder’s club

The last 18 months have caused a new kind of anxiety for small business and start-up founders. One of the key things we’ve been hearing about is a lack of engagement outside their founder ‘bubbles’. People haven’t been networking; they haven’t been chatting over coffee or meeting at the water cooler and thus have missed the opportunity to meet new contacts.

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