Innovation Birmingham has welcomed its first cohort of applicants on to the 2016 Climate-KIC Accelerator programme, set to be delivered at the Campus’ 42,149 sq ft iCentrum building.
Launched last month, the Climate-KIC Low Carbon Accelerator is a two-stage programme which supports promising start-ups by providing the tools, opportunities and network to transform low carbon business plans into commercial successes.
Companies accepted on to the programme benefit from intensive coaching, fast-track entrepreneurship education and 24/7 free hot-desking space situated on the mezzanine floor of iCentrum; with a grant of up to €10,000 awarded to all stage one businesses. On September 14th, start-ups will be given an opportunity to compete in a Pitch Day to progress onto stage two of the programme and receive an additional grant award of up to €20,000.
Katharine Fuller, Head of Projects at Innovation Birmingham, said: “Year-on-year the Climate-KIC programme continues to support and accelerate a range of promising start-ups, all of whom go on to achieve fantastic things. It is a pleasure to be part of their journey and to provide valuable advice and support in the vital early stages”.
“With our Entrepreneurs of the Future (e4f) and Serendip Smart City Incubators also based on Campus, we have been able to build an exciting community of entrepreneurs and innovators who come together and collaborate – providing an additional support network for our Climate-KIC cohort to embrace and immerse themselves in to.”
Open to start-ups across the UK who are less than three years old and have a product, service or innovation that is climate change related, the first cohort of start-ups include intelligent mobility provider, Conigital and agricultural innovation research and development company, Crop Intellect.
Additional start-ups accepted on to this year’s programme include; Adept, Eco Tray, Icarus Parts, Orang Utan, Sampson Ltd and Voltrics.
Innovation Birmingham’s Climate-KIC Programme is supported through the Climate Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC) project, which receives funding from the European Commission through the European Institute for Innovation and Technology.
For more information on Climate-KIC, visit: http://www.climate-kic.org/
For additional information on Innovation Birmingham, visit: www.innovationbham.com/