Blossom

The Impact Accelerator for businesses that regenerate the planet

Access to Be the Earth’s £1M Blossom Investment Pot

  • Applications open until May 15th 2022

  • 4-month programme online & in person, launching July 5th 2022 

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Please apply if your business is:

  • Early-stage 

  • Purpose-led 

  • Focused on changing the food system

  • UK-based 

  • Post Revenue

  • Below £1m turnover in 2021

  • Seeking to raise £50k - £2m within the next 12 months

 

Why Apply?

  • Access to capital - Be The Earth typically invests £100k - £500k in each portfolio company

  • Join a live pitch day with expert judges and a room of top investors

  • No fee, no equity (a fully philanthropically funded programme)

  • £15k guaranteed cash prize for winners on Pitch Day

  • Build a regenerative community of CEOs & Founders

  • Learn about alternative funding models 

  • Guidance on improving you and your team’s wellbeing 

  • Connect with leading experts in the field

  • Take part in an immersive retreat at 42 Acres in Somerset

  • Join Be the Earth, The Do and Bertha Foundation’s global networks

  • Monthly peer coaching

  • Monthly mentorship

  • Pitch training

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What makes Blossom unique?

  • Targeted towards impact-first ventures

  • We don’t believe in a one size fits all funding model. We offer all types of finance.

  • We believe in stewardship over ownership

  • We support human-beings as well as human-doings

  • We love businesses with a collaborative mindset

  • We support decentralised ownership and will encourage you to not sell out!

  • We want to explore new economic systems and models (capitalism is broken)

  • We aren’t just looking for solutions to unique problems, we are looking for creative solutions that work within larger systems

  • Innovation includes looking back as well as forward

  • We operate within a large ecosystem of aligned individuals and businesses who have a shared vision for the future

  • We believe human wellbeing is just as important as planetary wellbeing and the two are inextricably linked

Application Process

Stage 1: Qualifying round (do you meet the APPLICATION CRITERIA?)

Stage 2: Application (questions, financials & short video)

Stage 3: Online interview (up to 30 mins)

 

March 21

Stage 1: Qualification Round opens

Stage 1 of the application process is visible on our website. All Stage 1 Applicants who meet our Application Criteria, will be requested to enter Stage 2.

April 20

Stage 2: Application sent out (rolling)

All Qualifiers of Stage 1 will be sent the Stage 2 Application by email. You will have 3 weeks to complete the Stage 2 Application. 

May 1

Applications close. No more new entries.

Only those who have already Qualified prior to May 1 will be invited to complete the Stage 2 Application.

May 11 - 30

Stage 3: Online interviews

30 minute one to one interviews.

June 14

2022 Blossom Impact Accelerator Cohort is confirmed and announced

July 5 - 7th

In-person launch and gathering at 42 Acres, in Somerset

Programme

In-person:

  • Launch Event: 2-day immersive retreat in Somerset

  • Midway Retreat: in-person touch point in London

  • Pitch Event: pitch & networking in London

 

Online:

  • Peer Coaching (4): small groups

  • Coaching (3): 1:1 mentoring

  • Online Sessions (6): immersive learning

  • Open Sessions (3): open to the public & optional (but recommend) for the cohort

  • Dry Run / Q&A: Prep for the live pitch!

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Dates

  • Launch Retreat: July 5-7 (full day)

  • Peer Coaching: July 12 (2.30pm-5pm GMT)

  • Online Session: July 19 (2.30pm-5pm GMT)

  • Coaching: w/c July 26 (flexible timing)

  • Online Session: August 2(2.30pm-5pm GMT)

  • Open Session: August 9 (TBD)

  • Peer Coaching: August 16 (flexible with group)

  • Online Session: August 23 (2.30pm-5pm GMT)

  • Coaching: w/c August 30 (flexible timing)

  • Midway Retreat: September 9 (full day)

  • Online Session: September 13(2.30pm-5pm GMT)
    Peer Coaching: September 20 (flexible with group)

  • Online Session: September 27 (2.30pm-5pm GMT)

  • Open Session: October 4 (TBC)

  • Coaching: October 11, (flexible timing)

  • Online Session: October 18 (2.30pm-5pm GMT)

  • Peer Coaching: October 25 (flexible with group)

  • Open Session: November 1 (TBC)

  • Dry Run / Q&A: November 15 (2.30pm-5pm GMT)

  • Pitch Event: November 29 (5pm-9pm)

Note: dates are subject to change

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What to expect?

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.

Pitch event

  • 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 5 leading experts in the field (see below). 

  • There will be a cash prize of £15k for the winners (grant funding from Be the Earth), but the larger intention is to connect the businesses with a room full of investors.

Launch event

  • All 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

Investors

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Purpose
Esmee
Oxbury
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Judges

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Emilie Vanpoperinghe
Co-Founder & CEO at Oddbox
Oddbox
Emilie Vanpoperinghe
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Jyoti
Fernandes
Farmer & Activist, Land Workers Alliance
Jyoti Fernandes
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Ben
Arbib
Co-founder, Nature Brands & Rebel Kitchen
Ben Arbib
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Portrait of Senior Woman
Emilie Vanpoperinghe
Co-Founder & CEO at Oddbox
Oddbox
TBC
Portrait of Senior Woman
Emilie Vanpoperinghe
Co-Founder & CEO at Oddbox
Oddbox
TBC

Experts & Mentors

Aerial View of Islands

Andrew Myers

Director at Multiple (Finance)

Camp Fire

Anne Rammi

Comms & Community at

Be the Earth (Storytelling)

Two Flamingos

Katherin Kirschenmann

Founder, The DO

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Dr. Ulrich Becker

COO, The DO

Mushrooms

Belinda Esterhammer

Managing Director, The DO Asia

Rock Pier

Eva Vander Giessen

Entrepreneurship Program Lead, The DO

Starry Sky

Achim Hensen

Co-founder at Purpose Economy (Steward Ownership)

Aerial View of River

Alex Weisberg

CFO & CSO at Moss Good Foods (Restaurant Management & Sustainable Business)

Dramatic Sunset over the Mountains

Eva Vander Giessen

Entrepreneurship Program Lead, The DO

 
APPLICATION CRITERIA

Please apply if your business is:

  • Early-stage 

  • Purpose-led 

  • Focused on changing the food system

  • UK-based 

  • Post Revenue

  • Below £1m turnover in 2021

  • Seeking to raise £50k - £2m within the next 12 months

Supported by

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