THE world’s biggest green business ideas competition was launched in Scotland yesterday 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, May 28. 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 will also learn how to get their idea funded and launched.

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They will 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. The top 10 winners move on to the renowned Climate-KIC Accelerator programme to help low carbon start-ups get investment-ready.

Dr Andy Kerr, ECCI director, said: “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.”