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ECCI start-up wins entrepreneur award

Douglas Martin of MiAlgae has been named 2017’s Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year and awarded £30,000.

The company is one of the start-ups on ECCI’s Climate-KIC Accelerator programme, which helps great business ideas take off by providing office space, coaching and access to our low carbon community.

Started by University of Edinburgh alumna Douglas Martin, the company uses waste water to grow microalgae that can be turned into feed for livestock and commercially farmed fish.

Douglas said: “Being named as the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year is such an exciting moment for MiAlgae.

The £30,000 comes at a crucial moment and will allow us to further develop our technology and reach our goal of getting MiAlgae to commercial scale.”