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Fistful of ECCI start-ups gearing up for pitch finals

Five ECCI start-ups are gearing up to pitch at the finals of Scottish EDGE next month.

Carbogenics, IntelliDigest, MiAlgae and WeeWash (pictured) will pitch for up to £150,000 in cash and an all-encompassing business support package in the Scottish Edge final, with Alterwaste up for the top prize in Wildcard Edge.

The final takes place at the end of May 2018 at the Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling. In the last round of Scottish EDGE, cash prizes of £1.1 million were shared amongst forty winners across four different categories.

Founder of MiAlgae, Douglas Martin, is also one six innovative entrepreneurs who are competing for the title of Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Douglas will pitch for the 5,000 no-strings attached funding at the final on Thursday 10 May.

Alterwaste , IntelliDigest , MiAlgae and WeeWash are all currently supported by ECCI's Climate-KIC Accelerator and Greenhouse programmes. Last year ECCI became the official partner of Climate-KIC in Scotland and in 2017 helped 11 Scottish companies scoop more than £500,000 worth of investment, bag 14 awards and create 17 new jobs.

More than 20 start-ups are currently being helped through the centre's Climate-KIC programmes. As part of its Climate-KIC programme, ECCI is also running the green ideas competition ClimateLaunchpad 2018.

Both Climate-KIC Accelerator Stage 2 and ClimateLaunchpad are open for applications. Apply for Climate-KIC Accelerator Stage 2 by Thursday 10 May at 5pm and Climatelaunchpad by Monday 14 May at 5pm.