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Yorkshire businesses and entrepreneurs to receive funding for ‘Big Energy Ideas’
Posted by Nick Hill on 09 Jan 2017
Yorkshire businesses and entrepreneurs will be given the opportunity to secure funding and support for their energy ventures, after an accelerator programme opened for 2017 applications this week.
The Ignite ‘Big Energy Idea’ Accelerator Programme is looking for regional businesses, entrepreneurs and organisations with an idea that will make a difference to society through energy products or services.
Applicants will receive a package of pre-investment support, including specialist knowledge from experts, and the opportunity to apply for investment.
Backed by Centrica, Ignite is the UK’s first impact investment fund that focuses on energy, providing firms with the funding and expertise they need to help make a positive impact on society.
Since 2014, the programme has supported more than 25 enterprises across the country, committing investment totalling £8m to firms that are building towards a more energy efficient future.
Sam Salisbury, investment principal for Ignite, said: “Yorkshire is filled with innovative businesses and entrepreneurs. We are hoping that twenty local businesses enter the Big Energy Idea to make the most of the support and potential investment available.
“We’re looking for people passionate about building a more efficient and sustainable future, and we just know that the people of Yorkshire have the ideas we need to solve some of the most complex problems facing our society.
“Whether it’s to make an energy idea a reality, scale a business up or increase its reach, we’re here to help enterprises achieve their potential.
“Over the past three years, we’ve awarded more than £8m to projects across the country and have provided many more with essential mentoring, skills and networking support that they need to bring their idea to life.“
Enterprises must submit their applications before the 31 January.