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Is the Zinc Venture Builder Programme for me?

Are you are excited by the potential for scalable global solutions? Are you driven by the desire to use your skills, experience and energy to have a personal impact on the social issues that really matter to you? Then the answer is yes.

Our cohorts are built to be diverse in terms of gender, age, ethnicity & nationality. All of the individuals who join the Zinc programme share a passion to co-found a commercial, mission-driven business from scratch.

Zinc Founders Demonstrate



  • Commitment to scaling impact
  • Ambition and drive
  • Ability to get things done


  • Commercial mindset
  • Obsession with meeting user needs
  • Willingness to experiment and learn
  • Fresh insights
  • Creativity


  • Power to mobilise supporters
  • Desire to try where others are afraid
  • Comfort with uncertainty

Applying as a woman in tech?

Each Venture Builder, Zinc will support one exceptionally ambitious technical female Founder through the Rose Acton Award for Women in Tech.

Why join a Zinc Venture Building Programme?

The Zinc Programme attracts a unique mix of Founders with a proposition specifically designed to build a mission-led venture:


The Zinc Programme starts in October and is based in London over 12 months, consisting of two 6-month phases: Venture Builder & Accelerate.



Venture Builder Phase (Months 1-3)

During this phase, Founders explore and experiment with potential co-founders, until they find the right partnership to build their business. Meanwhile, they deep-dive into the problem they want to solve, gaining insights and building commitment to a focus area. This creates the nucleus of the new company: its purpose-
driven mission & the founding team.



Venture Builder Phase (Months 4-6)

Founders hatch their product and company. During this period, they particularly focus on the product and business strands of the journey. By month 6, Zinc will decide which of the new companies will progress into the Accelerate phase.



Accelerate Phase (Months 7-10)

Having received investment from Zinc upon reaching the Accelerate phase, the goal for ventures in this period is to set themselves up to succeed in the Resource phase. This means quickly developing the product, business and community around them.



Accelerate Phase (Months 10-12)

The ventures progress with solution development, working on proving out desirability, feasibility and viability, in order to achieve the backing needed for the next 18 months.

Become a Founder

At Zinc, we bring together the brightest minds to build and scale new businesses that do good in the world. Join us.

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