ECCI brings Europe’s biggest climate entrepreneurship programme to Scotland

21 March 2017

Europe’s largest climate entrepreneurship programme is coming to Scotland for the first time in a move that will further boost Scotland’s thriving low carbon business sector, the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) announced today.

As the official partner of Climate-KIC in Scotland, ECCI will offer Scottish entrepreneurs the opportunity to bid for thousands of euros and dedicated support to help them take their target markets by storm.

Between now and 2019, ECCI will deliver:

Accelerator: A three-stage accelerator process to get low carbon start-ups investment-ready. The first stage, Accelerator stage 1, gives fledgling companies access to up to €10,000 and a programme of expert support and events to help them translate inventions into business plans. Applications are now open and the deadline for submissions is Thursday 27 April 2017.

Climate Launchpad: The world’s largest cleantech business idea competition, with cash prizes of up to €10,000. Every year a certain number of start-ups win a slot to enter the Accelerator. Applications are now open and the deadline for submissions is Sunday 28 May 2017.

Greenhouse: Tailored support programme for budding entrepreneurs who have a climate change-related idea but are not yet fully ready to make it happen. Will be launched later in 2017 - watch this space!

The boost for Scotland’s low carbon business sector comes hot on the heels of Scottish Government plans for delivering its ambitious climate change targets and a draft energy strategy which would see the country transform its production and use of energy. 

ECCI, with an award-winning hub in Edinburgh and a new base in Hong Kong, brings together people from business, research, communities and governments to turn good low carbon ideas into reality. It supports a thriving community of low carbon enterprises and provides policy insight and evidence to help deliver on climate inform government decisions.

Dr Andy Kerr, ECCI Director, said: “ECCI brings people together to turn good low carbon ideas into reality – so it’s hugely exciting for us to bring Europe’s leading climate innovation programme to Scotland.

“Scotland has a world-leading approach to tackling climate change, and we’re looking forward to being able to offer our home-grown climate innovators the money and expertise to take on growing global markets.

“The Climate-KIC Accelerator programme is open for applications now – so if you have a low carbon business idea and the ambition to make it happen, we’d love to hear from you.”

Tom Mitchell, Director of Climate-KIC UK & Ireland, said: “Getting ECCI on board as a Climate-KIC Partner is a huge boost for our work with city-regions in the UK & Ireland, which focuses on putting climate innovation at the heart of jobs and skills strategies. 

“From Edinburgh there is real potential to build jobs and climate-positive technologies with global relevance around Scotland’s climate change ambitions and its existing strengths in the new climate economy.”

Find out more and apply online at: http://edinburghcentre.org/Climate-KIC.html.

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