At BITC we believe that business, when supported in an appropriate way, is uniquely placed to innovate and drive the transitional change that is required to progress to a low carbon economy. That is why we are delighted to partner with Berti Investments in promoting their Berti Green Accelerator - a new business accelerator programme supported by entrepreneur and CEO of Hamilton Bradshaw James Caan, seeking to champion entrepreneurial, low carbon business in the UK. Every year, three innovative businesses will be selected for the programme and will receive six months of first class business support and expertise from Hamilton Bradshaw Impact Partners and the opportunity to receive funding of up to £1 million each from Berti Investments.
Whilst UK economic growth has substantially slowed since 2008, venture capital investment into the UK's cleantech sector increased in 2011 for the sixth year in a row, to over £350 million. With considerable work still to be done to reach 2020 carbon reduction targets, significant opportunities lie ahead for green entrepreneurs. Berti Investments contends that the low carbon sector can drive impactful growth that serves a triple bottom line: profit, people and planet, but green entrepreneurs need access to the right kind of business support and finance in order for this to happen.
The Berti Green Accelerator programme is open to any conceptually good, low carbon UK business with growth potential and a proof of concept. The three successful businesses will have to demonstrate that their business aims to tackle climate change by sustainably reducing carbon emissions.
Applications for the fund are now open with a closing date of 17th April 2012. Shortlisted candidates will pitch to a Dragons’ Den style panel of judges including James Caan, Jeremy Leggett (Founder and Chairman of Solarcentury), Michael Liebreich (Founder and Chief Executive of Bloomberg New Energy Finance) and Jacques Tredoux (Berti Investments).
For further information or to apply go to www.bertiinvestments.com
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