Photo courtesy Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation
Photo courtesy Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

World’s biggest green ideas competition comes to Scotland

The world’s biggest green business ideas competition – with cash prizes of up to €10,000 – has been launched in Scotland by the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI).

ClimateLaunchpad, which offers dedicated Boot Camps and coaching to help shape green ideas into a rock-solid business plan, is open for applications until Sunday 28 May 2017.

To enter the competition budding inventors and entrepreneurs simply have to submit an idea or innovation that could have a positive environmental impact.

Those selected to join ClimateLaunchpad, which is this year running in more than 30 countries around the world as well as Scotland, will get dedicated support to fast track their idea into a business and bypass pitfalls along the way. They’ll also learn how to get their idea funded and launched.

They’ll get the chance to pitch this idea during the UK Final later this year, with the aim of reaching the worldwide Grand Final in Cyprus in October 2017.

There is prize money of up to €10,000 for the top three Grand Final winners. On top of that the top ten winners move on to the renowned Climate-KIC Accelerator programme to help low carbon start-ups get investment-ready.

ClimateLaunchpad is the latest programme to be delivered by ECCI with Climate-KIC, Europe’s largest climate entrepreneurship programme. ECCI is bringing Climate-KIC to Scotland for the first time, offering home-grown entrepreneurs funding and support to take their target markets by storm.

ECCI, with an award-winning hub in Edinburgh and a new base in Hong Kong, brings together people from business, research, communities and governments to turn good low carbon ideas into reality. It supports a thriving community of low carbon enterprises and provides policy insight and evidence to inform government decisions.

Dr Andy Kerr, ECCI Director, said: “ECCI brings people together to spark good low carbon ideas – and bringing the world’s largest cleantech ideas competition to Scotland is a great way to make this happen.

“Start-ups tell us that taking part in ClimateLaunchpad gave them the edge they needed to successfully take on their markets.

“Whether your idea is scribbled on the back of a napkin or you’ve been dreaming of making it happen for years, if you have a green business idea then we want to hear from you.”