Bright future for low-carbon Scots start-ups

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) has launched Scotland’s first low-carbon business incubator after a Dragons’ Den-style selection process.

Karen Finlayson of Colour Elements  helping people identify the colours of clothes that suit them  was a winner. Picture: Colin Hattersley

Four start-ups made the final cut, including an urban micro-farm, a mobile app that promotes an intelligent approach to buying clothes and a riverbed micro-hydro electricity device called the Water Engine.

The founding entrepreneurs of the new Low Carbon Ideas Lab beat off tough competition to win one of nine desks in the hub, as well as support to turn their ideas into successful businesses.

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Winners will also receive mentorship from the 2020 Climate Group, the expert body set up to help businesses meet Scottish Government carbon targets.