Birmingham Science Park Gives Boost to Low Carbon BusinessesMarch 21st, 2013 | by MikeS
Low carbon businesses are to get a boost thanks to an initiative being run by Birmingham Science Park. The Low Carbon Incubator Programme 2013 is designed to support businesses working on innovative new products to combat climate change, by turning their ideas into commercial success stories.
Established businesses and startups can earn a grant of up to £17,350 in support of their low carbon project, with 12 awards available as part of the 2013 programme. Entrants into the programme will also benefit from business mentoring, networking events, and trade missions, all designed to help them launch their product to the market.
Incubating innovative businesses is nothing new to Birmingham Science Park. Since launching in 1982 it has become home to a variety of technology businesses, among them many startups. Current tenants include a number of health technology companies, games developers, and communications software specialists, attracted by the lively, collaborative community and network of support.
The Science Park is also attracting a growing number of companies focused on developing innovative products which address the issue of environmental sustainability. Ventive, which opened its Birmingham office in the Science Park in February, recently picked up the award for most popular product at Ecobuild 2013 for their ventilation solutions. The award followed on from their success in the Science Park’s 2012 low-carbon business support programme.
As Birmingham looks to redefine itself as a global city for the future, the Science Park’s position as an innovation hub for eco-friendly businesses is likely to play an important part in the city’s mission.
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