£60,000 on offer to Scots climate-change energy entrepreneurs at Edinburgh carbon innovation centre

Stephanie Brown, Clean Wave Water founder
Stephanie Brown, Clean Wave Water founder

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) is on the hunt for budding Scottish entrepreneurs eager to take their markets by storm, as the latest Climate-KIC Accelerator and Greenhouse programmes open for applications. 

The three-stage, 18-month Climate-KIC Accelerator programme offers early stage entrepreneurs access to up to €60,000 grant funding, together with business coaching with experienced professionals, a range of masterclasses and free workspace at the ECCI.

Stage 1, which comes with up to €10,000, helps companies find their market niche and figure out how to make money and scale up. 

The recruitment drive is part of ECCI’s partnership with Climate-KIC, which aims to get low carbon start-ups investment-ready.

The ECCI brought Climate-KIC, Europe’s biggest climate entrepreneurship programme, to Scotland for the first time when the centre became an official partner of the scheme last year.

Since ECCI launched the Accelerator last year, 17 new enterprises have been through the programme, scooping 14 awards and more than £400,000 in investment, creating 17 jobs, registering three new businesses and saving the equivalent of more than 260,000 tonnes of carbon annually.

For micro-companies at an earlier stage of development, Climate-KIC’s Greenhouse offers a pre-incubation programme and up to €2,500 in funding for starting entrepreneurs who have a climate business idea and the motivation to make it happen.

Stephanie Brown – the founder of Clean Water Wave – took part in the Climate-KIC Accelerator in 2017 and commented:

“The programme has really helped Clean Water Wave go from being an idea, to being a big step closer to a dream realised.

“In the short time of the programme, we’ve incorporated as a company, developed our business model and attracted funding so we can pilot our project.”

Ed Craig, Deputy Director and Head of Innovation at ECCI, said: “These opportunities – including funding and support – help clean energy entrepreneurs develop their ideas into rock-solid business plans and take their target markets by storm.”

The deadline for submissions is 24 January 2018.

For applications to The Accelerator > http://bit.ly/2z7G1YT

For applications to The Greenhouse > http://edinburghcentre.org/Greenhouse.html

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