Ideas Lab 3rd Intake

Seven new Ideas Lab residents each navigated three stages of pitching in December 2015 to win a place in the Ideas Lab third intake.

The diverse and talented bunch will be developing a wide range of low carbon ideas at ECCI from gardening products created out of coffee waste to a mobile app for foodies. 


Ideas Labber: Siobhan Hill


Mobile: 07429 535 514

ADEPT is a robust decision making software tool that allows users to assess the impact of climate change on the built environment and test alternative climate and design scenarios. 

Lifecycle costing is used to prioritise investment to reduce climate change risks, delivering more sustainable building design, operation, maintenance and refurbishment. 

ADEPT provides educators with a powerful way of iterative learning/ problem solving, with easy to use interfaces and non-technical outputs whilst the commercial version, which bridges the gap between high level estimation and detailed dynamic building analysis, demonstrates that the optimum design has been selected against specific User criteria. 

Founder Siobhan Hill has created a software tool that allows users to assess how buildings can be made more sustainable, protected and cost effective to its effects.

Siobhan said:

“Our goal is to bring about change in the way we all think about, plan and adapt our built environment, for the sustainable development of urban and rural areas.” GHS helps customers understand the impact of a changing climate on their organisation and its activities. We offer tools and expertise to assess vulnerabilities, inform decisionā€making and reduce risk.

“We have constantly found that schools don’t know how to engage with young people about climate change and they are not teaching them the critical thinking skills to solve challenges posed by it. We want to bridge that gap.

The reality is that children will keep being challenged by climate change and we want to make them as resilient as possible to it.”


Ideas Labbers: Franziska Srocke & Jan Mumme



Turning used paper cups into climate-saving plant growth enhancer
Around 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups are thrown away in the UK each year. Because of their plastic coating, the paper cups are difficult to recycle and the majority of paper cup waste is going to landfill or incineration, thereby generating tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

We convert waste paper cups and other paper-plastic composite waste materials into carbon-rich char using a process called pyrolysis. The char is the base for our product – CreChar – an organic plant growth enhancer, which effectively provides nutrients to the plant and has a long-lasting positive effect on soil quality. CreChar is easy to use and suitable for plants in pots and containers.

With CreChar we not only divert waste from landfill and avoid greenhouse gas emissions but also store carbon in the soil for hundreds to thousands of years.


Ideas Labber: Chris Palmer


Chris aims to change the way businesses travel within the UK by providing innovative solutions to reduce our reliance on carbon intensive air travel, by developing an online system for managing business travel in a more sustainable way.

TravelHUB works similar to Skyscanner but for a single search shows all different modes of travel - planes, trains cars, videoconferencing - and shows the full door-to-door cost, time, carbon emissions, productivity and stress of each of those options. By levelling the playing field between different modes of travel users can make an informed decision about the best option to take that's not just good for the environment but makes business sense too.

Circular Coffee

Ideas Labber: Alejandro Inostroza 

NB: Alejandro's idea transitioned over the 12 months he was in the Ideas Lab. He entered with the Foody Farmers idea below and move on to create Circular Coffee, a company using coffee waste to grow vegetables in urban settings.


FoodyFarmers is a company created in late 2015 with the aim of developing and promoting agricultural products and technologies to contribute to food security, environmental protection and community wellbeing.

The company is working on a mobile application that encourages to grow and share our own fresh food, promotes recycling and reduction of our food waste.

Alejandro Inostroza said:

"Today with the support of the ECCI we are developing an idea related to our urban agriculture area to involves our dream to bring closer agriculture to the people in the cities.” 

Housing Futures

Ideas Labber: Iyobosa Irabor


Mobile: 0749 313 0278 

Housing Futures mobilizes finance and technical expertise to achieve climate resilience within a sustainable development framework.

It specializes in low carbon development at the bottom of the pyramid, with a special emphasis on the built environment.

Envisioned as a development impact bond delivery agency, it funds and coordinates the development of affordable green housing and climate resilient communities.   


Ideas Labbers: Denny Schenk and Artur Napiorkowski

Denny: Mobile: +44-740-2572856 Email: 

Artur: Mobile: +44 7477 544 957 Email:

Artur and Denny came to the UK as students and soon became tired of the separate taps for scalding hot and freezing cold water. They spoke to their friends (and friends of friends) and found this was a very common problem for visitors to the UK who were used to single stream taps in their home country.

So they invented Retromixer: a patent pending, easy to use, adjustable and affordable adapter that will mix your hot and cold water streams, allowing you to enjoy warm water of adjustable temperature.

Retromixer makes washing your hands more convenient and also helps save water and energy. On top of that, it's made from recycled plastics and helps save the environment.


Ideas Labber: Jim Stout


Entrepreneur Jim Stout has developed a simple canister that fits to a vehicle’s fuel line and reduces petrol or diesel use by 5 to 15 per cent.

Fuel is made more efficient as is passes through an Infrared delivery system, which causes molecular vibration and reduces the activation energy required for combustion, making fuel burn faster and more completely.

Funding is in place to provide free trials to fleet users with good consumption data, Mr Stout said.

“ScreeTech is fully aligned with ECCI in taking Scotland towards a low carbon economy and I am excited about the opportunity to work with like-minded carbon professionals.” Jim Stout, Screetech

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