Ideas Lab

ECCI's Ideas Lab – Scotland’s only dedicated low carbon ideas accelerator – supported more than 20 fledgling start-ups between 2014 and 2017.

Based at our central Edinburgh hub, the Ideas Lab provided support, mentoring and world class accommodation for inspirational ideas with the potential to accelerate Scotland’s progress towards a low carbon economy.

A diverse and talented bunch, Ideas Labbers represented a range of innovative ideas from capturing solar and wind energy from roads to a device to reduce petrol usage in vehicles.

Each fought off tough competition and navigated three stages of pitching to secure a base at ECCI, embarking on a programme of specialist support and networking opportunities to get their business off the ground.

The companies benefitted from regular legal clinics with experts from Ideas Lab sponsors Shepherd and Wedderburn, the opportunity to work with a NERC-funded PhD researcher and marketing support from Noble Ox.

ECCI now provides coaching, business support and office space to innovative climate enterprises through the Climate-KIC programme.