INDUSTRY 5.0:
THE CIRCULAR INDUSTRIAL ECONOMY

Innovations for reducing waste, decreasing carbon output and optimizing use of raw materials that help our industries become more efficient and more sustainable

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Sente works with international startups, global corporations and early-stage investors to innovate and scale mobility and logistics innovations together.

The program is designed to take early-stage international startups to scale-up via a hands-on, structured investment program using Sente's proven methodology, tools, mentors and networks, makes investments in the top prospects, and connects them with Sente's network of corporate partners, mentors and logistics tech investors.


The program is focused on early-stage companies with solutions in the following areas. Applicants are post R&D stage (MVP ready or < 6 months away).

CO₂ Capture & Reduction
New & Upcycled Materials
Clean
Energy
Waste
Reduction
Water
Management

 
Process
Improvements
Sustainable Supply Chain
JUNE - JULY 2021

Program Partners

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Program Agenda (subject to change):

Week 1: Virtual kickoff event with all startups & partners

Weeks 2-5:

  • Sente's proprietary due-diligence process, where startups collaborate with the Sente team on weekly deliverables to fully explore their market, business model, pricing, unit economics, scale-up economics and fundraising requirements

  • Technical due-diligence with LogisticsTech partners to evaluate technology and fit for pilot projects

  • Mentor meetings with logistics executives, entrepreneurs and transportation-focused VCs

Weeks 6-7:

  • Finalization of due-diligence deliverables/process

  • Preparation and participation in virtual industry conference (including panels, virtual tradeshow booths, pitches and networking with industry, media, investors and startups)

  • Minimum of 5 startups selected for investment

  • Phase 2 begins - which includes another 10 months of coaching, monitoring and connections as well as pilot projects with program partners and extended ecosystem of logistics, manufacturing, transportation and food industry partners

In Week 7 we will host a virtual investor conference on Industrial Circular Economy, where participating startups will pitch their businesses and join in discussions with investors, corporate partners, all of whom will be focused and engaged on the topics of sustainability, waste management and circular economy.


​This program is highly structured and is tailored to address the key challenges international startups face, such as:

  • Achieving focus and cutting through the noise of big, complicated industries

  • Creating a sales & marketing plan to have meaningful conversations with customers in new markets

  • Collaborating with heavy hitters in the transportation, logistics, intermodal, infrastructure, communications and industrial sectors

  • Estimating the required resources for market entry and scale up 

  • Finding a friendly ecosystem to test commercial hypothesis 

  • Getting access to growth funding and exit channels (e.g. IPO, acquisition) 

In Phase I:

  • Companies will receive hands-on training and mentorship on the above topics

  • Companies will also have weekly deliverables that are structured in a way to provide iterative progress on business plans, economics models, go-to-market plans and pitch decks that are investor-ready

  • Corporate partners and industry mentors will be matched with startups to evaluate their potential, design potential pilot projects and get coaching on their business

  • Domain-focused investors will conduct workshops and 1:1 sessions to help prepare startups for fundraising


In Phase 2:​

  • The top 5 startups will be selected to join the full version of the program. 

  • Selected startups will receive US$75,000-100,000 cash investment (in the form of a SAFE note converting to equity in a future qualified financing round) and option for follow-on investment (depending on performance) of $250k+

  • Startups that receive a cash investment from Sente's venture partner will grant an option (warrant) to Sente to invest for up to 2.5% shares in the future, at a set valuation

  • Sente will provide another 10 months of hands-on support after select (and continues to support our startup family long after the formal program is complete)

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