CARBON REMOVAL (CDR) PROGRAM

Overview

A 12-week virtual program offering founders the necessary tools for their technology development, commercialization, and fundraising needs.

Our mission is to increase global collaboration on and awareness of carbon dioxide removal (CDR), enabling gigaton-scale deployment by:

  1. providing tailored support to selected global startups so they can scale faster and reach their next fundraising round
  2. connecting startups from emerging and established markets to Asian capital and markets
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Our team will support you all the way through to launch

UP TO

200K USD

INVESTMENT

Who we're looking for

We are looking for early-stage founders working on carbon removal solutions and enabling technologies to help create a more sustainable, equitable, and inclusive future.

Focus Areas

Including but not limited to

  • Direct air capture, utilization, and storage
  • Mineralization
  • Ocean carbon removal
  • Biomass carbon removal and storage (BiCRS) including biochar and bio-oil
  • Frontier biotech
  • Enabling technologies including MRV tools

Eligibility

  • Incorporated entity
  • At least two full-time founders
  • TRL 4+ with supporting data

Evaluation Criteria

  • Annual gigaton-scale emissions reduction potential
  • Techno-economic model at 1M ton scale
  • Do no harm ecological solutions

How startups benefit

Tailored Support

Intimate cohort size for customized programming. Ongoing fundraising and hiring support from our portfolio team.

Global Exposure

Connect to a global network of potential partners and/or customers.

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De-Risk Commercialization

Connect with our test facility partners to accelerate your ability to generate field data and third-party validation.

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Network with Industry Experts

Connect with industry leaders and technical experts for in-depth guidance on challenges such as carbon credit certification, supply chain, IP, and scale-up.

Investor Access

Receive coaching on your pitch, storytelling, and clarity on what investors are looking for. Opportunities to pitch and be spotlighted at events during and after the program.

Tailored Support

Intimate cohort size for customized programming. Ongoing fundraising and hiring support from our portfolio team.

industry_expert_icon

Network with Industry Experts

Connect with industry leaders and technical experts for in-depth guidance on challenges such as carbon credit certification, supply chain, IP, and scale-up.

Global Exposure

Connect to a global network of potential partners and/or customers.

Investor Access

Receive coaching on your pitch, storytelling, and clarity on what investors are looking for. Opportunities to pitch and be spotlighted at events during and after the program.

proven_success_icon

De-Risk Commercialization

Connect with our test facility partners to accelerate your ability to generate field data and third-party validation.

Curriculum highlights

  • One-on-one meetings with relevant mentors and subject matter experts
  • Learn to address technical challenges such as IP, supply chain, carbon credit certification, and MRV
  • Refine your techno-economic model, financial model, and critical business model assumptions
  • Understand how to navigate the climate capital stack as your startup scales
  • Be prepared to connect with investors after coaching on pitching, storytelling, and how to articulate the potential impact of your technology

What to expect

1. Initial Application

After submitting the first part of the application, founders should receive a response from Brinc’s team within one week about whether they are still under consideration and details on information for the next phase of the application process.

2. Selection

Top applications will be interviewed by Brinc’s team. If startups submit all required application materials quickly, it is possible to move from initial application to “shortlist” within two to three weeks.

3. Opportunities for Investment

Startups will be presented to a curated group of investors and will be eligible for investment up to US$200K. Additional calls will take place with relevant applicants to determine final terms on a case-by-case basis. Valuation ranges are typically US$2-10M. A small subset of top applicants will be allowed to enter the program even if they are not selected by syndicate partners.

4. Fundraising Support

All participating startups will receive long-term support from Brinc’s portfolio team. While funding cannot be guaranteed, Brinc will work with companies to connect with investors and close capital during or shortly after the program end date.

5. Cost

Brinc charges a program fee of US$35,000, typically payable only upon the full disbursement of the investment by the program’s investment partner. All startups participating in programs enter into an advisory share agreement with Brinc, aligned to long-term support by Brinc’s portfolio team.

Thesis

Climate change threatens both human and planetary health, potentially impacting global food production, increasing the risk of infectious diseases, and displacing entire populations whose homes would be underwater. The recent IPCC report unequivocally states that dramatic reduction in emissions is necessary within the next decade to maintain global temperature increase below 1.5 degrees C and avoid the worst effects. Reaching net zero targets will require us to change how we move, eat, make, and power our lives.

The challenge of our time is also an enormous opportunity. Reports of investment required to hit net zero targets are as high as US$9.2 trillion annually over the next three decades. As we redesign our lives to ensure our world is habitable for generations to come, we have the opportunity to implement systems that restore and heal our planet. We can empower currently disadvantaged communities to take part in a just transition. New technologies such as carbon removal will need to reach equivalent scales to incumbent ones today, providing pathways to upskill workers and create a level playing field.

This new world can only be built by uniting a global ecosystem of stakeholders, ranging from communities to government to private capital. Brinc aims to find entrepreneurs motivated to develop game-changing solutions to the climate tech challenge. This program will enable them to tap into a wide-ranging network and develop critical skills to accelerate their paths to success

Hear from our Network

Brinc has been a launchpad for exceptional success stories. Our diverse array of graduates have harnessed the benefits of our accelerator to refine their ideas, access critical resources, and secure funding. Their achievements stand as a testament to the power of our network and the transformative impact of our tailored approach.

Being a Brinc mentor was rewarding – not only because of the work with founders, but because of the community of other mentors I was part of.

Varsha Ramesh

CEO, Offstream

Being a Brinc mentor was rewarding – not only because of the work with founders, but because of the community of other mentors I was part of.

Varsha Ramesh

CEO, Offstream

This is one of the most useful programs I’ve participated in, easily traced back to the thoughtfulness and follow through from Janina and Elisa.

Manu Pillai

CEO, CarbonBridge

This is one of the most useful programs I’ve participated in, easily traced back to the thoughtfulness and follow through from Janina and Elisa.

Manu Pillai

CEO, CarbonBridge

The program was fantastic. I really think that the company grew and became stronger and I as a founder became a more competent professional.

Jose Alfaro

Founder and CEO, Poás Bioenergy

The program was fantastic. I really think that the company grew and became stronger and I as a founder became a more competent professional.

Jose Alfaro

Founder and CEO, Poás Bioenergy

The Brinc accelerator is the ideal environment for early stage food tech companies. The curriculum covers everything you need to take your business to the next level with interactive seminars on everything from developing your investor pitch deck to defining your value proposition and routes to market.

David Beaver

CEO at Root Kitchen

The Brinc accelerator is the ideal environment for early stage food tech companies. The curriculum covers everything you need to take your business to the next level with interactive seminars on everything from developing your investor pitch deck to defining your value proposition and routes to market.

David Beaver

CEO at Root Kitchen

Brinc kickstarted our plans to work with partners in Asia – helping us close the gap between South Africa and the East. The partnerships are already starting to speed up our plans for scale while the program helped us to focus on what makes Mzansi, Mzansi.

Brett Thompson

CEO of Mzansi Meat

Brinc kickstarted our plans to work with partners in Asia – helping us close the gap between South Africa and the East. The partnerships are already starting to speed up our plans for scale while the program helped us to focus on what makes Mzansi, Mzansi.

Brett Thompson

CEO of Mzansi Meat

As a pioneer in the alt-protein space, the session with Program Mentor Josh Tetrick was invaluable. His insights, knowledge and feedback have helped shape our path as a start-up company.

Paul Bevan

Founder & CEO of Magic Valley

As a pioneer in the alt-protein space, the session with Program Mentor Josh Tetrick was invaluable. His insights, knowledge and feedback have helped shape our path as a start-up company.

Paul Bevan

Founder & CEO of Magic Valley

“Brinc opened our eyes and gave us insight into how to run a hardware startup from product development to building a sustainable hardware business.”

Liris Maduningtyas

Founder of JALA

“Brinc opened our eyes and gave us insight into how to run a hardware startup from product development to building a sustainable hardware business.”

Liris Maduningtyas

Founder of JALA

We love being in a sensitive environment that challenged us to understand the limitations and opportunities in the food industry.

Riana Lynn

Founder of Journey Foods

We love being in a sensitive environment that challenged us to understand the limitations and opportunities in the food industry.

Riana Lynn

Founder of Journey Foods

Brinc gave us real exposure to different markets. We now have the knowledge & contacts that are required, should we look to bring a product to other markets.

Gabriel Bean

Founder of Grounded

Brinc gave us real exposure to different markets. We now have the knowledge & contacts that are required, should we look to bring a product to other markets.

Gabriel Bean

Founder of Grounded

This is one of the most useful programs I’ve participated in, easily traced back to the thoughtfulness and follow through from Janina and Elisa.

Manu Pillai

CEO, CarbonBridge

This is one of the most useful programs I’ve participated in, easily traced back to the thoughtfulness and follow through from Janina and Elisa.

Manu Pillai

CEO, CarbonBridge

The program was fantastic. I really think that the company grew and became stronger and I as a founder became a more competent professional.

Jose Alfaro

Founder and CEO, Poás Bioenergy

The program was fantastic. I really think that the company grew and became stronger and I as a founder became a more competent professional.

Jose Alfaro

Founder and CEO, Poás Bioenergy

The Brinc accelerator is the ideal environment for early stage food tech companies. The curriculum covers everything you need to take your business to the next level with interactive seminars on everything from developing your investor pitch deck to defining your value proposition and routes to market.

David Beaver

CEO at Root Kitchen

The Brinc accelerator is the ideal environment for early stage food tech companies. The curriculum covers everything you need to take your business to the next level with interactive seminars on everything from developing your investor pitch deck to defining your value proposition and routes to market.

David Beaver

CEO at Root Kitchen

Brinc kickstarted our plans to work with partners in Asia – helping us close the gap between South Africa and the East. The partnerships are already starting to speed up our plans for scale while the program helped us to focus on what makes Mzansi, Mzansi.

Brett Thompson

CEO of Mzansi Meat

Brinc kickstarted our plans to work with partners in Asia – helping us close the gap between South Africa and the East. The partnerships are already starting to speed up our plans for scale while the program helped us to focus on what makes Mzansi, Mzansi.

Brett Thompson

CEO of Mzansi Meat

As a pioneer in the alt-protein space, the session with Program Mentor Josh Tetrick was invaluable. His insights, knowledge and feedback have helped shape our path as a start-up company.

Paul Bevan

Founder & CEO of Magic Valley

As a pioneer in the alt-protein space, the session with Program Mentor Josh Tetrick was invaluable. His insights, knowledge and feedback have helped shape our path as a start-up company.

Paul Bevan

Founder & CEO of Magic Valley

“Brinc opened our eyes and gave us insight into how to run a hardware startup from product development to building a sustainable hardware business.”

Liris Maduningtyas

Founder of JALA

“Brinc opened our eyes and gave us insight into how to run a hardware startup from product development to building a sustainable hardware business.”

Liris Maduningtyas

Founder of JALA

We love being in a sensitive environment that challenged us to understand the limitations and opportunities in the food industry.

Riana Lynn

Founder of Journey Foods

We love being in a sensitive environment that challenged us to understand the limitations and opportunities in the food industry.

Riana Lynn

Founder of Journey Foods

Brinc gave us real exposure to different markets. We now have the knowledge & contacts that are required, should we look to bring a product to other markets.

Gabriel Bean

Founder of Grounded

Brinc gave us real exposure to different markets. We now have the knowledge & contacts that are required, should we look to bring a product to other markets.

Gabriel Bean

Founder of Grounded

Ready to Apply?

Spaces are filling up – the next round of reviews closes soon.

Why Carbon Removal?

The IPCC report and an increasing number of analyses clearly state that gigaton-scale carbon removal will be necessary to achieve net zero targets. Technology-based solutions need to scale from thousands of tons per year today to 5-10 Gt per year by 2050. Innovations inspired by nature that can achieve permanence and scalability need validation. Enabling technologies such as measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) tools will also be required to support these efforts. This is the defining decade to invest in technologies which can ensure our planet is habitable for generations to come.

select mentors & speakers

JJ Steely

JJ Steeley

Head of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships, CarbonBuilt
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Kai Martin

Former Corporate Development Lead, Baker Hughes
Reilly O'Hara

Reilly O'Hara

Manager, Carbon Finance, CarbonCure Technology
Ted Christie-Miller

Ted Christie-Miller

Director of Carbon Removal, BeZero Carbon
Varsha Ramesh

Varsha Ramesh

CEO, Offstream

Network

Accelerator Funding Partners

Test Facility Partners

Ecosystem Partners

Ready to Apply?

Acceptance is offered on a first come first serve basis – Spaces are filling up and applications are closing soon.