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DIF – Allia Accelerator Challenge

Allia has joined forces with DIF Capital Partners, and is looking to support three ambitious start-ups who are passionate about solving the most pressing social and environmental challenges that we face today.

The participating ventures will be based in the UK, operating at a global or local level, but most importantly they will be creating innovative solutions to some of our most critical challenges. Like the UN Sustainable Development Goals, you could be solving problems within climate change, poverty, health, education, economic growth, or sustainable communities.

London Thames

We will provide founders with 6 months of direct mentoring and expertise sharing with a wide range of experienced fund and business managers. At the end of the process, a direct financial contribution of up to £25k will be awarded to the venture(s) judged to have made the most progress and demonstrated the best potential for positive impact.

Applications are now closed

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The Offer

Individual expert mentoring and advisory sessions

Experienced professional team focused on your business's success

6 months of regular in-depth meetings and dedicated support

Win up to £25k cash sum

Invaluable investment & corporate relationships

Completely free support

What's involved?

Once on board, we will work together to identify skills gaps which can be filled by the experience and insights of the DIF Capital Partners and Allia teams, set goals and track progress. You’ll get a monthly check-in with the programme manager in person or by video call, and regular catch ups with expert mentors. There is no specific time commitment per week or month, but we ask the founders to be committed to the programme overall, be willing to share openly, learn and collaborate throughout.

Three ventures will be selected to participate. Each founder or founding team will spend significant time addressing pertinent issues and accelerating their growth strategy through a wide range of meetings and bespoke sessions with members of DIF Capital Partners. Upon presenting back to the board at the end of the challenge, £25,000 will be granted to either one, two or all three of the ventures based on traction achieved, progress made and engagement throughout the process.

Who are we looking for?

Founders and founding teams who are looking to make a positive impact

Applications are open to all types of businesses; you might run a social enterprise, a for-profit, charity, or a community interest company. We don’t mind, as long as you are making a positive impact.

Ideal candidates will have a proven business model that should be financially self-sustaining with good potential for growth

Ventures will be early stage, with market traction highly regarded

Candidates can be based anywhere in the UK – face to face meetings will take place in London, but we can also conduct video calls to fit around your schedule

Applications are now closed

In the meantime, Check out our other programmes here and sign up to our newsletter to stay up to date with any future programme news.

Programme Sponsors

Who are DIF Capital Partners?

DIF Capital Partners are a global independent fund manager who make informed and responsible investments in infrastructure assets and companies that result in attractive returns for their investors, and a positive impact on society. They have expertise and relationships that span an exceptionally broad range of asset types and markets. Through an open and collaborative culture, they share insight, ideas, and inspiration.

Around 25 of their most experienced, diverse and engaged team members are ready to support the chosen start-ups, working closely to scale the businesses for success and create a significant positive impact.

Still have questions?

If you’d like more information on the programme, please speak to our Programme Manager, Emma Mee on 

Contact Emma, Programme Manager