Innovative start-ups move in to Climate-KIC Accelerator at ECCI

08 June 2017

Eight cutting-edge Scottish start-ups chosen to take part in the coveted Climate-KIC Accelerator – a high profile EU-funded support programme for early stage businesses – today moved into the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI).

They are Scottish-based entrepreneurs hoping to make their millions from innovations ranging from a revolutionary new livestock feed made from algae to an adjustable tap adapter.

Climate-KIC, the EU’s biggest climate entrepreneurship programme, was brought to Scotland for the first time by ECCI earlier this year.

The fledgling companies chosen for the Climate-KIC Accelerator Stage 1 at ECCI – which gives them funding and support to translate their inventions into business plans – got the chance to look around their new office, meet some of the experts who will be working with them and learn about the programme they will be embarking on.

The eight companies are:


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.


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.


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 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.

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.

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.

Dr Andy Kerr, ECCI Director, said: “Delivering the Accelerator programme at ECCI is a fantastic opportunity for us to turbo-charge the move to a low carbon society by supporting home grown talent.

“The fantastic range of ideas and inventions these businesses brought to the application process shows low carbon innovation continues to be a key driver for the Scottish economy.

“Joining the Climate-KIC Accelerator at ECCI means more than dedicated funding and support – they’ll be at the heart of a thriving low carbon community with expertise, networks and events from industry to research and government.”

Find out more:

Climate-KIC at ECCI