EIT Climate-KIC at ECCI: 2017-2020

In partnership with ECCI (Edinburgh Climate Change Institute), who are the official Scottish partner of EIT Climate-KIC announced that through its Accelerator programmes, between 2017-2020 have supported 43 innovative climate start-ups to create 115 jobs. This has resulted in over £8m investment and £6.5m in grants and awards, creating £1.44m turnover and 42 new products and services.

Furthermore, a carbon audit of 2018 alone calculated the total programme carbon savings was equivalent to mitigating emissions the weight of 136 male Asian elephants or avoiding the emissions produced by generating 2,589MWh of UK-grid electricity.

EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator

Through ECCI's successful partnership with EIT Climate-KIC, the three stage Accelerator programme gave entrepreneurs funding, coaching and support to develop a successful business model.

The world-renowned initiative is the only EU acceleration programme focused on climate impact by climate-focused commercialisation. Over the last nine years, the EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator has supported over 2000 early-stage climate positive ventures in 32 locations across Europe.

Launched in Scotland at ECCI in 2017, the EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator offered early stage entrepreneurs a three-step development programme with access to funding, business coaching with experienced professionals, a range of masterclasses and free workspace at ECCI’s vibrant Edinburgh hub. In 2020 stage 1 and 2 of the programmes ran entirely online in response to Covid-19.

IntelliDigest: 2017 - ClimateLaunchpad; Accelerator 1, 2 

Multi award-winning entrepreneur Dr Ifeyinwa Kanu is the Founder/Director of IntelliDigest and is developing the world’s first autonomous, ultra-small-scale organic waste digester. She has a PhD in Environmental Engineering involving the application of Artificial Intelligence and omics analysis to optimize anaerobic process.

Dr Kanu took part in ClimateLaunchpad in 2017 and went on to win a place on ECCI's EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator programme. She is winner of several awards, including Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellowship, Royal Society of Edinburgh SE Enterprise Fellowship, Investing Women AccelerateHer Award, Winner IET Innovation Award (Energy), 2017, Winner Edinburgh Climathon 2017, Finalist Pitch@Palace 8.0 (2017) and Finalist VIBES Award (2018).

Further information available via intellidigest.com.


The Greenhouse - part of ECCI’s Climate-KIC programme in 2018 - offered pre-incubation support and up to €2,500 in funding for starting entrepreneurs with a climate business idea. A precursor to ECCI’s other Climate-KIC initiatives – ClimateLaunchpad and the Climate-KIC Accelerator - ECCI supported start-ups My Bonnie Coo, Beech Product Solutions, Generation Home, Project Munro and Undisturbed. The five budding entrepreneurs' innovations range from low-cost micro modular homes, to an eco-tourism rewards platform and a sustainable shower curtain made from hemp.

More information about the whole project is available to view.

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