ECCI helps Scottish companies to finals of the UK’s largest search for green innovation

21 October 2014

ECCI helps Scottish companies to finals of the UK’s largest search for new ‘green’ innovation run by RBS

Four companies from ECCI’s Scottish low carbon innovation community have been selected as finalists in the RBS Innovation Gatewaya new initiative searching for ways of reducing energy, water and waste.

ECCI has supported the progress of these four businesses from around Scotland (Lothians, Tayside, and Western Isles) for one to three years, for instance with technology development, grants, and investment.

The four successful companies are:

  • Glaze & Save, with a novel secondary glazing system

  • Greenspace Live, with its building modelling software tools

  • Sunamp, with a compact but high capacity heat storage system

  • Tantallon Systems, with an intelligent energy management system for buildings

Launched in March this year, the RBS Innovation Gateway attracted more than 140 submissions in just 40 days, from brand new concepts through to market-ready products and services.

The ideas came from innovators and small businesses (SMEs) around Britain and the world, from Perth in Scotland to Perth in Western Australia.

The best ideas will be tested on the RBS estate of 2,500 buildings and branches in the UK.

As well as enabling the Bank to address its costs and environmental impact, the Innovation Gateway helps the SMEs, as it offers product trials in a real life environment, potentially gaining useful insights, data and case studies for the businesses and, ultimately, winning orders.

Innovation support is at the heart of ECCI's activities, and it continues to work closely with the Bank on the development and future growth of the RBS Innovation Gateway, both in an advisory capacity and as technical experts on the product review panels.

ECCI’s support in accessing this community of quality innovators has been vital - Marcela Navarro, RBS Head of Customer Innovation

Marcela Navarro, Head of Customer Innovation at RBS, who is leading the Innovation Gateway initiative, said: “Everyone connected with the RBS Innovation Gateway has been incredibly impressed by the innovators’ creativity and dedication to resource efficiency. The quality and the range of ideas from companies like the four SMEs from Scotland has been phenomenal and ECCI’s support in accessing this community of quality innovators has been vital. With the Finalists in place we can now say that the Innovation Gateway is real, with people like Glaze and Save, Greenspace, Tantallon and Sunamp supporting it with ideas that could create real outcomes for RBS. The next step is about demonstration - demonstrating that their talent and innovation will bring tangible value for RBS.”

Ed Craig, ECCI Head of Enterprise & Innovation said: “ECCI is delighted to share in the success of the four Scottish SME finalists in the RBS Innovation Gateway. Innovation support is at the heart of ECCI's activities and we work closely with the Bank on the development and future growth of the RBS Innovation Gateway, both in an advisory capacity and as technical experts on the product review panels.”

Being named as a finalist takes the companies just one step away from seeing its innovation installed by RBS. The company will now go before a Dragon’s Den style panel at the bank’s London headquarters on 10 November for one final pitch.

Successful, market ready ideas will be tested in RBS buildings and branches. All successful concepts will be given a £3,000 grant to develop their idea further before any possible test on the RBS estate.

Tanya Ewing Director at Glaze and Save said “It fantastic Royal Bank of Scotland can see the potential in our unique magnetic secondary glazing system. It’s exciting to think such a large corporate is interested in working with our very small start-up.”

“As a small start-up early stage innovation support is vital so being part of  ECCI’s low carbon community has been really important for Glaze & Save. From my past experience working with ECCI I know ECCI is the place to go in Scotland for low carbon companies that need support with technology development, grants, and investment.”

The bank’s property portfolio in the UK is made up of 2,235 branches, just over 300 large offices, 42 industrial sites and 5 data centres. With 17 million customers, 115,000 employees and such a large estate of new and historical buildings, RBS’ footprint is significant.

As well as helping RBS save more energy, water and waste, the Innovation Gateway has two more aims; to cultivate unique and awe-inspiring innovations and to help SMEs accelerate their access to market.

The RBS Innovation Gateway is an ongoing scheme. For information and details on how to apply please visit: https://www.innovationgateway.rbs.com

Links

ECCI - Innovation 

ECCI - Deutsche Post DHL Innovation Suite

ECCI - Low Carbon Ideas Lab