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The Greenhouse is part of ECCI’s Climate-KIC programme.

It offers pre-incubation support and up to €2,500 in funding for starting entrepreneurs with a climate business idea.

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Open to anyone, the Greenhouse consists of tailored workshops, a community of green entrepreneurs and guidance on refining your idea. It’s designed to be a first stepping stone for motivated, early-stage entrepreneurs who want to build a low carbon business.

What can Greenhouse do for you?

The programme offers a number of benefits to budding start-ups:

  • Up to six months of support and up to €2,500 in funding.
  • Workshops and professional business coaching to develop your business model.
  • Access to an innovative and dynamic community of like-minded individuals.
  • Access to work- and meeting space in our award-winning Edinburgh hub.
  • Ways to measure your climate relevance.

The Greenhouse also serves as a helpful precursor to the other Climate-KIC initiatives that we deliver:


The biggest clean technology ideas competition in the world.

Climate-KIC Accelerator

Our three-stage programme for low carbon start-ups.

Who's the greenhouse for?

We welcome students and professionals of all nationalities, gender identities and age groups. Ideally, we’re looking for teams of two or more.

“Our candidates come from all walks of life. For us, it’s the idea and your passion that counts.” ECCI Executive Director, Andy Kerr

Here at ECCI, we’re really interested in ideas that support data-driven innovation as well as rural- and water-based services. That said, we very much encourage and help develop all kinds of climate-positive ideas.

The UK Greenhouse programme is offered in Birmingham, Dublin, Edinburgh and London as well as here in Edinburgh at ECCI.

How to apply

For more information about the Greenhouse and to apply, visit the Climate-KIC website.