The Climate-KIC Accelerator programme at ECCI offers low carbon start-ups a three-stage programme of support and funding to take on their markets.

Successful businesses can be moved through the three stages, accessing support and funding at each stage.

By joining the Climate-KIC Accelerator at ECCI you'll also get to join our vibrant low carbon community and use open plan office space in our award-winning hub in central Edinburgh.



The stages

Stage 1: fundamentals

Accelerator Stage 1 gives fledgling companies access to up to €10,000 and a programme of expert coaching, workshops and events to help them translate inventions into business plans. Start-ups are supporting to find a market niche, develop a financial model, and work out how to make money and scale the business. 

Stage 2: validation

Accelerator Stage 2 is open to all businesses with a basic business model in place and a motivated team with at least two founders. It offers climate entrepreneurs coaching, workshops and funding of up to 20,000 to validate their business model with customers.

Stage 3: delivery

Accelerator Stage 3 is about getting the business ready for take-off, and comes with access to up to 25,000 of funding. It involves finding customers, developing leads and achieving a meaningful number of commercial transactions, as well as creating the partnerships that will make the business grow.

Accelerator stage 1

The fledgling companies chosen for the Climate-KIC Accelerator Stage 1 at ECCI in 2017 are:


A distributed energy management system aggregating capacity from local heat pumps to provide heat and hot water at lower costs. Founder Jim Laidlaw is a successful entrepreneur from the oil and gas industry who now wants to make a difference by accelerating the adoption of renewable power generation.


Clean Water Wave

This company’s product is the CAFÉ (Clean Aqua for Everyone) filter, a robust water filter made from upcycled glass that can be provided to NGOs. The aim is that the filter will be used to sell affordable, clean water for profit that can be reinvested to help local develop social enterprises for sustainable development. Founder Stephanie Terreni Brown says she dreams of providing clean, safe water to 10 million people in the next 10 years.



A crowdfunding service which allows small investors to invest in and benefit from productive forestry projects. Founder Hester Robertson aims to create forests as an investment for the future that people can enjoy in the present.



Applying the most advanced techniques in biotechnology, IntelliDigest are set to enhance integrated waste management process by making available an Intelligent Anaerobic digester, IntelliAD. IntelliAD harnesses the total energy content in foodwaste, eliminates 8.3 kg of CO2 emitted into the environment per truck per tonne of food waste collected as well as providing a healthy working environment for workers.


Kingdom Innovative Technologies 

Kingdom Innovative Technologies is designing a bright and durable solar lantern for use by rural communities in Africa. Founder Joyce Onuonga aims to reduce carbon emissions by offering a sustainable alternative to kerosene lamps.



Using waste water to grow microalgae that can be turned into Omega-rich feed for livestock and commercially farmed fish. Founder Douglas Martin, a synthetic biologist, got the idea for the company after his work as a north sea engineer was halted by a large algal bloom.


Retromixer Ltd 

Retromixer sells an inexpensive mixing adapter for separate hot and cold taps that is quick and easy to install and compatible with most types of tap. It reduces water consumption by 43 per cent. Founder Denny Schenk studied industrial engineering in Germany and worked in supply chain management before setting up the company with his best friend Artur Napiorkowski.



An online co-working platform that allows people and companies to share their work space, promoting collaboration, increasing innovation and productivity and lowering carbon emissions. Founder Michael Cockburn has been running his own business since the age of 19, motivated by the dream of creating something that makes people’s lives tangibly better.


Find out more

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