Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation to distribute thousands of euros in funding for low-carbon business start-ups

Written by Liam Kirkaldy on 21 March 2017 in News

Between 2017 and 2019 the ECCI, hosted by the University of Edinburgh, will distribute funding and provide support to get low carbon start-ups investment-ready

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The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) has been named an official partner of Climate-KIC in Scotland, offering low-carbon entrepreneurs the opportunity to bid for thousands of euros and dedicated business support.

Between 2017 and 2019 the ECCI, hosted by the University of Edinburgh, will distribute funding and provide support to get low carbon start-ups investment-ready.

Start-ups will be able to apply for packages of €5,000 and €10,000 in funding to help translate inventions into business plans.


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Dr Andy Kerr, ECCI Director, said: “ECCI brings people together to turn good low carbon ideas into reality – so it’s hugely exciting for us to be bringing Europe’s leading climate innovation programme to Scotland.

“Scotland has a world-leading approach to tackling climate change, and we’re looking forward to being able to offer our home-grown climate innovators the money and expertise to take on growing global markets.

“The Climate-KIC Accelerator programme is open for applications now – so if you have a low carbon business idea and the ambition to make it happen, we’d love to hear from you.”

Tom Mitchell, Director of Climate-KIC UK and Ireland, said: “Getting ECCI on board as a Climate-KIC Partner is a huge boost for our work with city-regions in the UK and Ireland, which focuses on putting climate innovation at the heart of jobs and skills strategies.

“From Edinburgh there is real potential to build jobs and climate-positive technologies with global relevance around Scotland’s climate change ambitions and its existing strengths in the new climate economy.”

ECCI provides and brokers expertise and brings business, finance, academia and the public sector together to encourage the development of low-carbon technology.

Climate-KIC is Europe's largest public-private innovation partnership, focused on climate innovation aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change.

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