Applications for our next Venture Builder on transforming financial resilience, starting in April 2023, are open. Places are offered on a first come first serve basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible to make the cohort – apply before our next application deadline on December 1st.

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Is the Zinc Venture Builder 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.

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Ambition

You have the ambition to build a scalable commercial business that has massive impact on the mission problem.

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Capability

You have the capability to bring exceptional skills, expertise, networks and insights

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Entrepreneurial Appetite

You have an entrepreneurial appetite for huge risk taking and the ability to go from 0-1 and power on to 100x.

Ready to start your entrepreneurial journey?

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Apply yourself or refer someone you know

Our next Venture Builder will begin in April 2023 with the mission to transform people’s financial resilience and turn uncertainty into opportunity.

Know someone who should apply? Refer them here.

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Rose Acton Award for Women in Tech

Each Venture Builder we support one exceptionally ambitious technical woman Founder through the Rose Acton Award for Women in Tech, in memory of our late colleague. Are you passionate about our mission with a technical background? Apply for the award today.

Why join a Zinc Venture Builder?

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

Timeline

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

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Individual

As individuals, 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.

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Teams

As teams, 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.

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Accelerate

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.

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Investment

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.

Application deadlines

Our next Venture Builder on transforming people’s financial resilience will begin in April 2023. We highly recommend interested candidates to attend one of our weekly Meet & Greets before applying to learn more about Zinc, what it takes to be a successful Zinc Founder, and have any questions answered by the team – sign up here.

Application deadlines are as follows:

22nd December – Spaces on the Venture Builder are limited and visa spaces even more so, we advise that you submit your application by this deadline to ensure your visa application can be processed in time.

5th January – If you have a 3-month notice period, apply by this deadline to ensure you can join the cohort in April.

26th January – Our Venture Builders are oversubscribed with exceptional candidates, especially by this time so apply by this deadline for your chance to make our next cohort.

We run rolling admissions and Venture Builder places close as Founder places are allocated. Our advice is always to submit your application as early as possible.

Become a Founder

At Zinc, we bring together the brightest minds to build and scale new businesses that do good in the world. Applications for our next Venture Builder are now open. Join us.

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