ECCI Welcomes New Ideas Labbers

27 May 2015

New residents join Scotland’s first low carbon business incubator - the Low Carbon Ideas Lab.

The new intake of entrepreneurs include a hybrid renewable energy technology for harvesting solar and wind energy from roads; an ethical manufacturing company looking for a natural replacement for fiberglass; and former John Logie Baird Entrepreneur of the Year Godwin Odigwe (pictured), now developing a cleantech alternative for air conditioning units.

The new entrepreneurs join four founding “Ideas Labbers”, including David Townsend of Town Rock Energy, named Entrepreneur of the Year by Scottish Renewables this year, and Karen Finlayson, creator of the Colour Elements™ app which helps customers create ‘lean wardrobes’ - where every garment makes the owner look great so it is kept and used for longer. 

The Ideas Lab now houses nine entrepreneurs, whom all beat off tough competition to win one of the desks based in the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), Scotland’s low carbon innovation hub in the centre of Edinburgh.

The winners had to present a business plan and pitch their idea to a panel of financial, business and technology experts and will receive support to turn their good ideas into successful businesses.

The four new recruits include:

East Africa Sisal Company ltd - built on a strong ethical foundation, The East Africa Sisal Company ltd buys sisal, a super-strong a highly sustainable fibre crop from farmers in East Africa for a fair price, processing it into strong but biodegradable fabrics for a variety of environmental applications, and exporting them to the UK.

Pictured: ECCI's newest residents - "Ideas Labbers" Godwin Osigwe, Sidra Muneer, Rachel Connolly and John Ferguson.

Capture Mobility - and a brother and sister duo Sidra and Sanwell Muneer have created an hybrid renewable energy technology for harvesting solar and wind energy from roads.

Dynamic Media Display - looking to change the way that retailers communicate with the outside world and their customers and removing the reliance on paper and improving their reach through digital means.

Windair Systems Ltd - an innovative low-carbon & cleantech company and creator of the “active window” system which acts like an air-conditioning unit helping to maintain comfortable room temperatures within domestic and commercial premises.

Joining soon: Mibit - Mibit combines integrated smart meter and cloud based carbon/energy management software with a linked carbon reduction reward scheme for the SME market.

Founder and CEO of Windair, Godwin Osigwe said: “I am a proven and successful entrepreneur in the technology space but this is a whole new ball game. Having direct access to the network here is vital. ECCI is the best place to go for low carbon innovation.”

Ed Craig, ECCI Head of Innovation said: “We are passionate about finding great ideas and the great people to drive them forward and the Ideas Lab is already proving a great success with multi-award winning residents and investment deals coming to fruition already. There’s an ever-increasing buzz about ECCI and it’s just been ramped up a gear with these exciting new residents.”

A third round of applications will open again later in the year and all graduates of the Low Carbon Ideas Lab will be encouraged to move up (and downstairs) to ECCI’s Innovation Suite, a shared working space for start-ups, businesses, NGOs and public sector organisations all working towards creating a low carbon future, also based in ECCI’s low carbon hub.

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