ECCI’s Ideas Lab residents win the big prize at Cleantech Innovate's storming Scotland debut

05 June 2015

ECCI Ideas Lab resident Euan Hogg, of Water Engine Technology, beat off tough competition to win a cash prize of €20,000 at the inaugural Cleantech Innovate Scotland 2015 last night.

Billed as “Scotland’s first dedicated showcase for commercial green industry innovation” 25 finalists developing the “clean technologies of the future” lined up at Glasgow’s Technology Innovation Centre to present their plans live in front of an audience of investors, buyers and industry specialists.

A whole host of ECCI residents and partners joined Euan on the competition floor, including two fellow ‘Ideas Labbers‘: Urban Farming’s Jason Moreinji and David Townsend of Townrock Energy, Scotland’s first Geothermal energy company. Also pitching was the winner of the ECCI backed RBS Innovation Gateway Tanya Ewing with her ‘Glaze N Save’ secondary glazing solution; smart travel solution Route Monkey, who have just returned from ECCI’s pitching mission to Hong Kong; and Celtic Renewables, one of the first companies to receive ECCI innovation support to develop biofuel products from whisky by-products.

Pictured from right to left: Andy Kerr ECCI, Euan Hogg Water Engine Technology, Ed Craig ECCI, Stan Johnston Water Engine Technology with fellow Ideas Lab panel and residents including David Townsend (second from left).

Other solutions included everything from street lighting, plastic recycling, intelligent sonar and sustainable salmon, wind-farm analysis, solar-panel carports, gas sensing solutions and filtration systems for chip shops, and companies of all shapes and sizes in locations nationwide. 

The event in Scotland (an extension of the UK showcase run in London since 2012) is organised by ecoConnect, the UK’s green industry business network, in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland, and the keynote speaker will be Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Business & Tourism.  Other headline speakers include Shaun Kingsbury, Chief Executive of the Green Investment Bank, Ian Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland, and Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council.

Robert Hokin, CEO and co-founder of ecoConnect, said: “Cleantech Innovate has been growing in size and reach since 2012 – the energy at London 2015 in February was fantastic. We can’t wait to bring the event to Glasgow and give the companies making a real difference to green growth in the Scottish economy the platform they deserve.”

Delighted that ECCI has played a key role in supporting many of these enterprises - Ed Craig, ECCI Head of Innovation

Ed Craig, Head of Innovation at ECCI said: “This was a well run and highly successful inaugural event. I have not seen so many practical yet innovative low carbon solutions pitching so well in one location. We are delighted that ECCI has played a key role in supporting many of these enterprises and it bodes well for Scotland being viewed globally as the ‘can-do’ place for low carbon solutions.”

Useful Links

ECCI Innovation: http://edinburghcentre.org/Innovation.html

ECCI Ideas Lab & Innovaiton Suite: http://edinburghcentre.org/Residents.html

The finalists

AmbiSense, Celtic Renewables, Clean Power Solutions, Exergyn, FishFrom, Glaze and Save, GreenSpace Live, Hydrason Solutions, Impact Solutions, Impressive Engineering, James M Anderson, Kinnotech, Loritus International, Losstek, Peel Tech, Route Monkey, Simply Connect, Soltropy, Star Renewable Energy, Tantallon Systems, The Solar Cloth Company, Town Rock Energy, Urban Farming Company, Water Engine Technologies and Wind Farm Analystics.

Sponsors

UK Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), Zero Waste Scotland, the Technology Strategy Board, Scottish Enterprise, the Energy Saving Trust, Autodesk, DTZ, Pennington Manches, Scottish Power, Marks & Clerk, Tharsus, Heriot Watt University Energy Academy, Smith & Williamson, Climate-KIC, Carbon Limiting Technologies (CLT), INNEON, Triteq and the Design Council.