Europe’s largest climate entrepreneurship programme is coming to Scotland for the first time in a move that will further boost Scotland’s thriving low carbon business sector.
As the official partner of Climate-KIC in Scotland, the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation – hosted by Edinburgh University – will offer Scottish ‘gre-entrepreneurs’ the opportunity to bid for thousands of euros and dedicated support to help them take their target markets by storm.
ECCI, with an award-winning hub in Edinburgh and a new base in Hong Kong, brings together people from business, research, communities and governments to turn good low carbon ideas into reality.
It supports a thriving community of low carbon enterprises and provides policy insight and evidence to inform government decisions. Between now and 2019, the ECCI will deliver:
- Accelerator: A three-stage accelerator process to get low carbon start-ups investment-ready. The first stage, Accelerator stage 1, gives fledgling companies access to 10,000 euros and a programme of expert support and events to help them translate inventions into business plans. The deadline for submissions is 13 April 2017.
- ClimateLaunchpad: The world’s largest cleantech business idea competition, with cash prizes of up to £10,000. Every year a certain number of start-ups win a slot to enter the Accelerator. The deadline for submissions is 28 May 2017.
- Greenhouse: Tailored support programme and funding of £5,000 for budding entrepreneurs who have a climate change-related idea but are not yet fully ready to make it happen.
Climate-KIC is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.
Tom Mitchell, Director of Climate-KIC UK & Ireland, said: “Getting ECCI on board as a Climate-KIC Partner is a huge boost for our work with city-regions in the UK & Ireland, which focuses on putting climate innovation at the heart of jobs and skills strategies.
“From Edinburgh there is real potential to build jobs and climate-positive technologies with global relevance around Scotland’s climate change ambitions and its existing strengths in the new climate economy.”
Dr Andy Kerr, ECCI Director, said: “Scotland has a world-leading approach to tackling climate change, and we’re looking forward to being able to offer our home-grown climate innovators the money and expertise to take on growing global markets.
“The Climate-KIC Accelerator programme is open for applications now – so if you have a low carbon business idea and the ambition to make it happen, we’d love to hear from you.”