World’s biggest green business ideas competition launched at Scottish carbon innovation centre

Some of the winners in last year's Climate Launch Pad competition
Some of the winners in last year’s Climate Launch Pad competition

The world’s biggest green business ideas competition – with cash prizes of up to €10,000 –  was launched yestrday in Scotland by the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.

Those selected to join the Climate Launchpad – which is this year running in more than 42 countries around the world as well as Scotland – will get dedicated support to fast track their idea into a business and bypass pitfalls along the way.

The Climate Launchpad – which offers dedicated ‘boot camps’ and coaching to help shape green ideas into a rock-solid business plan – is open for applications until 30 May 2018.**

To enter the competition budding inventors and entrepreneurs simply have to submit an idea or innovation that could have a positive environmental impact.

Those selected will also get the chance to pitch this idea during the Scotland Final later this year, with the aim of reaching the worldwide Grand Final in November 2018. The event will be hosted by ECCI in Edinburgh – the first time this high profile event has come to Scotland.

The ECCI currently supports 22 start-ups through the Accelerator and Greenhouse programmes in Edinburgh.

Ed Craig, ECCI deputy director and Climate-KIC National Lead for Scotland, said: “Ideas and innovators like the ones this competition generates are key to Scotland’s thriving low carbon industry.

“So whether your idea is scribbled on the back of a napkin or you’ve been dreaming of making it happen for years, if you have a green business idea then we want to hear from you.”

** To apply: https://edinburghcentre.org/support/climate-kic/climatelaunchpad  

5 Apr 2018

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