ECCI residents Colour Elements pitch their way to The Scottish EDGE Round 10 Final

12 May 2017

ECCI residents Colour Elements have pitched their way to The Scottish EDGE Round 10 Final and a piece of the £100,000 Wild Card EDGE prize pot.

Pictured: Founder & CEO Karen Finlayson

One of the original companies to be supported by ECCI's Low Carbon Ideas Lab - receiving tailored support to develop their low carbon business idea from a prestigious base at ECCI HQ - Colour Elements is a colour focussed retail support app, providing a sustainable method of shopping that’s centred on the person and celebrates all that makes them unique.

The innovative young start up is one of 12 Scottish business to successfully pitch their way to a winning position – securing grant funding of up to £10,000 from the allocated £100,000 Wild Card EDGE prize pot. The actual amount won by each business will not be disclosed until the award ceremony on 22 June 2017 at the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Gogarburn campus.

Designed to support pre-trading Scottish businesses on their start-up journey, the award also carries a non-financial support package, provided by Scottish EDGE’s various partner organisations. Furthermore, Wild Card EDGE is a proven identifier of potential Scottish EDGE category winners of future rounds, with five of the past Wild Card EDGE winners going on to win amounts up to £100,000 in subsequent rounds.

The other high tech finalists include BUBLBag: BUBL Bags are designed to replace cardboard boxes, jiffy bags and bubble wrap by providing better protection at a lower cost, requiring very little space to store and are recyclable; and PlayerData - a revolutionary wearable that captures your biometrics and motion data in high fidelity.

Low Carbon Ideas Lab

The Low Carbon Ideas Lab, based at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, provides support, mentoring and world class accommodation for inspirational ideas that accelerate Scotland’s progress towards a low carbon economy.

ECCI’s Ideas Lab offers tailored support, competitive bursaries, University of Edinburgh links and access to ECCI’s community of key sector players.

Launched in October 2014, the lab has gone through four rounds of recruitment, supporting thirteen entrepreneurs from various sectors (water, smart cities, transport, big data) who have collectively achieved a significant impact.

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