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Second cohort of start-ups selected for low carbon accelerator programme



Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) has chosen 11 international start-ups to take part in its accelerator programme with a focus on sustainable mobility and decarbonisation.

MSIP is a joint venture between Michelin, Dundee City Council and Scottish Enterprise. It aims to drive growth and diversity in the Scottish economy, while addressing climate change.

MSIP appointed Elevator to deliver the programme with an aim to support Scotland’s net zero carbon ambitions.

This second cohort of the MSIP accelerator programme features start-ups developing future products and services such as electric vehicle mobility and charging technology, sustainable energy solutions, and mobility-as-a-service.

The 16-week programme will work with the companies to deliver investor-ready propositions.

The four-month programme launches on 26 April, with online sessions allowing the cohort to receive dedicated guidance from delivery partners Ricardo and Productiv.

In addition, companies can apply for a grant of a maximum of £10,000 through a funding support package managed by Scottish Enterprise.

After the success of the inaugural programme which launched in 2020, Bob Andrew, Elevator’s MSIP accelerator manager, commented: “The programme’s overarching goal is to supercharge environmentally-conscious start-ups so that collectively, we can make a difference.

“We hope our collaborative approach will make a real impact on the need for a greener, more responsible economy and in turn, boost the sector’s jobs market too.”

Sarah Petrie, innovation director at MSIP, added: “The 11 companies selected each demonstrate the qualities we are looking for in participants, with dynamic technology ideas, a real spread of location globally, and strong ambitions to contribute to the drive to net zero.

“It’s great to have companies from outside Scotland, demonstrating the reach that MSIP has developed in just over two years of operation.”

Companies selected for the 2021 MSIP accelerator are:

  • Bounce: An flexible electric vehicle (EV) mobility solution, offering EVs and chargers to both retail and commercial customers across Scotland.
  • Boxergy: Integrates household renewable technologies with smart tariffs to anticipate demand and plan energy purchase, lowering cost and carbon.
  • Caigan Vehicle Technologies: Aims to design and develop solutions that allow the conversion of existing vehicle fleets to zero emissions.
  • CityQ: Offers the first car/e-bike platform – a mix of an e-bike and a ‘micro car’ with pedals, regulated as an e-bike.
  • Cyclopic: An electric system that incorporates drive, braking, steering and suspension, providing an efficient drive unit that will be part of an EV platform.
  • Danu Robotics: An artificial intelligence and robotic solutions for the recycling and waste management industry.
  • DCarbon: Technologies to eliminate greenhouse gases and toxic air emissions from residential home heating systems.
  • Empowering Local Energy Group: Consulting services related to holistic energy solutions, hybrid energy system modelling and design, project management, and community engagement.
  • Kottackal: A vehicle charging experience platform ensuring that all consumers can charge their vehicle that is straightforward and reliable as refuelling a traditional vehicle.
  • QuickBlock: A flat-packed, recycled plastic, modular building system which offers an alternative to traditional materials.
  • Trapar: A mobility-as-a-service platform where customers can plan, book and pay for personalised hire, day tours, car rental, parking, cycle hire and commute all in one app.

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