We're a Climate-KIC Startup. What does it mean?
Last month went by in a flash. We applied to the Climate-KIC programme being delivered at the Edinburgh Climate Centre for Innovation. It's the EU's largest climate entrepreneur programme so we weren't sure if we'd even get a look in.
But we did. We were invited for interview which consisted of a five minute presentation followed by questions. We were then offered a place on the Greenhouse Programme (we weren't quite ready for the Accelerator) and had to go back for another interview. A week later we were heading through to Edinburgh to be inducted onto the Programme.
The Accelerator and Launchpad have both been delivered at the ECCI in previous years but this is the first year for Greenhouse. Greenhouse is a a pre-incubation programme offering seed businesses, like ours, an opportunity to learn and move forward. Helping to turn climate changing ideas into a viable businesses.
We'll be attending workshops, receive coaching every month from Iain and Izzy at Aurora Consulting, workspace and financial support up to €2,000. And as the ECCI is part of Edinburgh University, we also have the opportunity to utilise research resources.
We're joining five other innovative businesses tackling climate change. All with different ideas and dreams on how to help. The next six months is definitely going to be interesting!
We begin the programme having secured a ByDesign grant from Scottish Enterprise and a startup loan from Transmit Scotland. Which means we'll be starting prototyping on the 16th March. We'll share developments here on our blog and on our social media.
You can also sign up for updates on how we're firstname.lastname@example.org on the front page of the website. Or drop us an email...
Photo credit: ECCI and Colin Hattersley