The University of Wolverhampton’s Built Environment Climate Change Innovations (BECCI) project has launched a new Innovation Incubator programme – supporting nine climate friendly business ideas over six months.

 

UK government funded incubator programme from BECCI, which is designed to support and nurture the development of new ideas and new enterprises with low carbon innovation at their heart, has shortlisted and selected its first cohort.

The BECCI Innovation Incubator programme aims to find, foster and set-free business ideas that deliver a step change in the sustainability of the built environment, with a primary focus on climate change and buildings. The programme supports early-stage entrepreneurs, providing them with the skills, mentoring and networking opportunities to turn their ideas into viable businesses.

The programme’s first cohort includes an incredible mix of entrepreneurial climate change ideas ranging from retrofitting existing homes to a zero-emission delivery vehicle to mining carbon dioxide. If you would like to keep up to date with the progress of the incubator, please follow our social media pages Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

Richard Davies MBE, leading the creation of the Incubator, said “In these unprecedented times we must build back better and create the new normal – where normal is low carbon, smart and vibrant. We can’t change things for the better standing alone. We need new ideas, new innovations, and new ways of working together.”

The programme is run by the BECCI project which is part of the University of Wolverhampton. BECCI is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The BECCI project offers fully funded support to develop products and processes that reduce carbon emissions. The concept of “net zero” carbon dioxide emissions became a key discussion topic during 2018, with the government target date of 2050 getting ever closer. The core idea is simple enough – net zero emissions are achieved when the global economy takes out as much CO2 from the atmosphere as it emits. To help achieve the government’s 2050 goal, BECCI provides support in areas such as: insulation, building fabric, ventilation, heating and cooling controls, battery storage and smart grid.

 

Dr Paul Hampton, BECCI Project Director, added “This is a really challenging time for businesses in the UK, many of whom have needed to quickly pivot their business models as a consequence of COVID-19. The support that the incubator programme offers can play a crucial role in unlocking new opportunities and prospects at this critical time.

The entire team are passionate about helping local small & medium sized businesses to drive innovation with low carbon technologies. Over the past 6 years the BECCI team have gone above and beyond to make sure they are not only providing the best support to local businesses but also contributing to the government’s plan for a sustainable economy.”

 

The BECCI Innovation Incubator plans to launch its second cohort in the New Year of 2021, with the application process due to open in November 2020. If you are interested in joining the second cohort of climate change entrepreneurs, please register your interest with Richard Davies at R.Davies10@wlv.ac.uk