Access to £1M Blossom Investment Pot
£15k guaranteed cash prize for winners on Pitch Day
No fee and no equity taken to join
4-month programme online and in-person
Launching July 5th 2022 in Somerset, UK
Up to 15 businesses will be chosen
Who should apply?
You are eligible to apply if you are a business that meets the following criteria:
Below £1m turnover in 2021
Focused on changing the food system
Seeking £50k - £2m in the next 12 months
Access to capital
Be the Earth typically invests £100k - £500k in each portfolio company.
Blossom Impact Accelerator combines online and in-person sessions. Participants should expect to join retreats and gatherings in person for deep connection and immersive learning. The online part of the programme will include peer and group coaching and structured sessions with experts, all developed based on individual and collective needs and with an intention to provide opportunities for rich exchange. Download the full programme to see the dates for each session.
All of the selected candidates will be joining together in person for a full 2-day retreat in rural Somerset to celebrate the start of the programme. The retreat will take place at the beautiful 42 Acres, with all food and accommodation covered by Be the Earth. You will have a chance to connect in person with fellow Blossom participants, spend time in nature, and kick off the learning journey.
*Please note travel costs will be at your own expense
Sessions, peer coaching and mentoring
Through weekly online sessions, entrepreneurs will gain skills and knowledge in key topics like catalytic storytelling and marketing, sustainable business models, financial roadmaps, pathways to scale, purposeful leadership and feminist principles, abundance mindset, and investment readiness. You will deepen relationships with like-minded founders through weekly peer coaching and get personalised support in monthly 1:1 mentoring sessions. Our partner Mission Kitchen will be hosting one of the in-person sessions at their space.
The 4-month programme will culminate in a live pitch event on the evening of November 29, 2022, in London. There will be networking, food, and of course the pitch competition! The competition will be judged by 4 leading experts in the field.
There will be a cash prize of £15k for the winners (grant funding from Be the Earth) and a free membership to Mission Kitchen's coworking space but the larger intention is to connect the businesses with a room full of investors.
EXPERTS & MENTORS
Stage 03 - Online interview:
30 minute video-call
Stage 01 - Qualifying round:
Meet the application criteria
Stage 02 - Application:
Share details about your business
Stage 1: Qualification round opens
Stage 2: Application sent out to those who qualify (rolling)
Stage 3: Online interviews start
2022 Blossom Impact Accelerator Cohort is confirmed and announced
The cohort gathers in person from July 5-7 at 42 Acres, in Somerset