ECCI celebrates major project milestones

31 May 2013

ECCI celebrated some major milestones this month following a mid project review of the Europen Regional Development Fund project, managed by the Business Innovation team.

Within this specific project, the ECCI team works across industry, academia, NGOs, communities and Government, supporting Scottish SMEs and aiding the development of new products, services and projects in the low carbon sector. ECCI acts as a hub and networking centre, providing a single point of access to the universities' expertise and resources and bridging the gap between good ideas and positive action.

Key achievemnets: 

      • The team..is over half way to achieving its aim to support 100 SMEs and networks

      • Has already doubled the number of networks it planned to support.

      • Is already half way to its target output in 'Jobs Created'

Other significant achievements were made in event activity over the project timeline. 

Since May 2011 we’ve organised/hosted 40 Events with 2177 Attendees. Including product launches, competitions, networking events, conferences & investor showcases. We’ve partnered with Scottish Enterprise, RBS, Harvard, Climate Week, Princes Trust, Scottish Government, Green Challenge, IBM Smart Camp and many, many more…

Key achievements: 

      • ECCI has organised/hosted 40 Events

      • With 2177 Attendees

      • Of which 679 SMEs

Back to Spring 2013 newsletter.

Business Innovation at ECCI

Find out more about what we do, including testimonials and case studies in this two page leaflet or read on:

Innovation is at the core of all ECCI activity. We support businesses to develop low carbon products and services and partner with organisations like NHS, Transport Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, 2020 Climate Group and RBS to shape and implement all kinds of low carbon projects.

Since Dec 2010 we've had around 3000 visitors through our doors and supported approximately 100 businesses and networks to create new low carbon projects, products and services, and attract investment into Scotland.

Making Connections & Networking:

Since May 2011 we’ve organised/hosted 40 Events with 2177 Attendees. Including product launches, competitions, networking events, conferences & investor showcases. We’ve partnered with Scottish Enterprise, RBS, Harvard, Climate Week, Princes Trust, Scottish Government, Green Challenge, IBM Smart Camp and many, many more…

New Products, Services & Networks:

By June 2015 ECCI will have supported 200 SMEs to create 120 Products & Services, creating 20 New Jobs & £15Mn Turnover.

Products & Services like: the ‘SCENE Connect’ platform - connecting community renewable energy project developers to investors; Ecometrica's purpose built carbon accounting index; and the brand new Association of Carbon Professionals professional network.

Investment & Funding

ECCI helps SMEs access funding and find investment. In May 2013 we co-organised Engage Invest Exploit 13, supporting 16 low carbon start ups to pitch to Scotland’s largest ever gathering of investors.

Last year we supported a successful £40k Shell Springboard application & connected one start up company with a £10k equity investor.

What they say...

Creative Carbon Scotland

"ECCI has added real rigour to our strategy and plans for the future and is aways on hand to offer advice." 

- Ben Twist, founder

Celtic Renewables

"Finding the right expert help is very important to a growing SME like us and ECCI have made this task easy." 

- Mark Simmers, CEO

Ewgeco

"ECCI connects us to the low carbon business community. it's great to know support is just a phone call away." 

- Tanya Ewing, founder

Surefoot Effect

“In the early stages of developing my idea, interest and input from the ECCI helped me shape the model I am still using today for my company. Their support then and now helps me keep going!”.

- Pamela McLean, founder