Autodesk, the leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software, today launched the “Autodesk Entrepreneur Impact Program.”
Announced at the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015 – held during the United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties 21 (COP21) – the Autodesk Entrepreneur Impact Program allows start-ups in Australia and around the world who innovate for positive environmental or social impact to apply for free* access to Autodesk software so they can get to market faster.
Eligible entrepreneur organisations must be less than five years old and have less than $1 million (USD) in revenue. Those who qualify will get access to up to three software offerings: Autodesk Product Design Suite Ultimate, Autodesk Fusion 360, and Autodesk Building Design Suite Ultimate.
“The world is facing epic challenges with climate change being a top global priority, and we’re seeing a shift that was unthinkable only years ago,” said Jake Layes, director, Global Cleantech and Entrepreneur Impact, Autodesk. “Today, a generation of empowered entrepreneurs can come together and develop innovations that put us on track to a carbon-free economy.”
The Autodesk Entrepreneur Impact Program is both an expansion and rebranding of the former Autodesk Cleantech Partner Program, which was launched in 2009 and available in selected countries to start-ups designing and creating cleantech solutions.
Cleantech solutions have tremendous power to shape the new urban landscape in a sustainable way that positively affects climate change. Cleantech has matured, technology development has accelerated, and access has become easier. Tesla, for example, was one of Autodesk’s first Cleantech Partner Program grantees in the US, and it’s since become a household name and pioneer in the electric vehicle industry
“We see a potential explosion of entrepreneurship across countries worldwide with start-ups creating innovations that have a scalable, positive environmental and social impact. We want to help them on their journey as they shape the Future of Making Things and undertake actions against climate change,” Layes concluded.