Amazon is launching the third edition of its sustainability accelerator for start-ups to pilot their technology and grow their business.

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Three UK start-ups are earmarked to join the Amazon sustainability accelerator this year

The start-ups span 15 companies across Europe and will benefit from a four-week programme made up of expert-led workshops, specialised mentorship, a tailored curriculum and access to a network of sustainability focused entrepreneurs.

Sustainable businesses are tackling issues such as fast fashion, AI and reusable packaging, and are aiming to scale up in these areas: the circular economy, energy in buildings, or packaging.

Amazon’s accelerator was launched in 2022 and has supported over 25 Europe-based start-ups with over £1m in grants and credits. 

The sustainability accelerator is a tie-up with climate innovation agency EIT Climate-KIC and innovation strategy consultants Founders Intelligence, part of Accenture.

For the first time, new start-ups can pitch their technology for trial in Amazon’s European operations, which also provides opportunities for future partnerships and wider adoption.

Three of the businesses will be selected to take part in an eight to 10-week programme to scope their pilot, earning them a potential contribution of £50,000 to £2m from Amazon, depending on the duration and scope.

Three UK start-ups – ACS Clothing, Cheesecake Energy and Breathe Batteries – are earmarked to join the Amazon sustainability accelerator this year.

Amazon international director of sustainability Zak Watts said: “I’m so excited to welcome 15 ambitious start-ups to join the Amazon sustainability accelerator this year, including our first ever climate tech pilot. 

“The scope of businesses involved means we can support even more entrepreneurs to reach their potential. Not to mention the one-of-a-kind opportunity to test their technology directly with parts of Amazon’s business. 

“It is our mission for the Amazon sustainability accelerator to be the best programme of its kind in the world for entrepreneurs to pioneer and scale cutting-edge sustainable solutions.”

Founders Intelligence director and head of accelerators Ezra Konvitz added: “We love finding the ways major companies can work with leading start-ups creating the future. 

“The incredible start-ups and technologies that are part of the pilot challenge cohort give cause for hope – if we can help them find the best ways to work with Amazon’s scale we’ll achieve a game-changing impact.”