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We believe entrepreneurial people are key to role-modelling a better future and inspiring others to create it and are committed to embedding sustainability and sustainable practices within our programmes and operations.
When King’s declared a Climate Emergency in 2019, we responded by exploring how we can further our sustainability aims. We also participated in the NUS Green Impact Award in 2020 and were successfully awarded Bronze.
In 2021-22, we have renewed our pledge to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and are working towards a Silver Award.
Through our curricular and co-curricular programs, we are committed to ensuring everyone at King’s is able to benefit from developing the skills of an entrepreneurial mindset
Our Women Entrepreneurs programme is designed to create sustainable gender parity within our King’s20 Accelerator and create a platform for women in the ecosystem.
Since 2016, our King’s20 ventures have created over 400 jobs. By embedding sustainability into our start-ups early, we help future-proof these jobs as we transition to a green economy.
We develop disruptive thinkers, who can challenge out-moded, unsustainable practices and have the imagination and resilience to solve the biggest problems of our day.
We partner with Santander Universities on a range of initiatives to reduce inequality and widen participation in entrepreneurship, from internships to hardship grants.
We support our start-ups to build green and ethical supply chains and strive to use our purchasing power to support other businesses who are sustainability-minded.
Our staff are active members of the King’s Climate Action Network working towards carbon zero and we will support the contribution of Kings at COP21.
Where we collaborate with other universities, start-ups and organisations, we want to talk about sustainability more and use our influence to deliver faster change.
We have incorporated activities aimed at achieving these goals into many of our programmes. See our case studies below:
Our King's20 Accelerator Programme offers a huge opportunity to build sustainable practice into our start-ups as they scale.
We have introduced a Sustainability Clinic workshop series to build the knowledge and skills of all our founders, as well as a Hackathon at the start of the year to work on live sustainability challenges.
Goal-setting against the UN SDGs will now form part of the King's20 application process and be audited against after throughout the programme.
We collaborate with Westminster Council as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week to deliver sessions to inspire school-age students about the possibility of entrepreneurship as a potential career path.
We featured four King’s20 ventures as part of a Sustainable Start-Ups panel where they explained what sustainability means to them and how they are building it into their businesses.
We helped to evolve pupils’ perceptions of ‘sustainability’ to encompass social and economic factors as well as climate action.
A new ‘Sustainable Disruption’ session was added to the Idea Factory workshop series to introduce early-stage teams to sustainability.
We created a simple model using the themes of consumption, supply-chain, value and transparency to enable any type of idea to consider their impact, even if they are not solving a sustainability problem.
We used live case studies from King’s20 to get participants coming up with ideas and identifying opportunities that they could apply to their own start-ups.
We ran our first King’s-wide workshop on sustainability, inviting members of our community to share their journey of improving the impact of their ideas – from student societies, to King’s20 start-ups and Idea Factory finalists.
Our panel extracted the key principles for anyone with any idea to consider to make their idea more sustainable, as well as some lessons learned.
This session highlights the synergy between entrepreneurship and sustainability at King’s and enabled more internal collaboration.