News | 102 funding opportunities for your low-carbon idea
16 November 2016
No two businesses are alike. Business in the low-carbon and sustainability sectors in particular face unique challenges and need funding partners that take this into account.
That’s why this year, we launched the Access to Finance Navigator – an interactive, digital database to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) identify funding opportunities in the low-carbon, cleantech and sustainability sectors.
Finding money to scale-up a business is hard and navigating the complex landscape of various funding opportunities – extremely time consuming. To help entrepreneurs overcome these challenges, the Navigator pulls together over 100 sector-specific funding sources, including governmental organisations, venture capital funds, angel investment groups and crowdfunding platforms. Results are filtered according to each user’s business sector, stage of development and financial requirements, making it quicker and easier for entrepreneurs to identify the most relevant options.
“Identifying and explaining the individual benefits and challenges helps find the right financial sources and saves a lot of research time,” says Sina Dupslaff from Aeropowder, a start-up that produces sustainable and energy efficient insulation from feathers. “Having all of this information together in a summarised form is really great!”
The Access to Finance Navigator was launched at a finance masterclass hosted by Shell Technology Ventures at Make the Future London – a festival of ideas and innovation that supports bright energy ideas. Alongside our wider enterprise development programmes – such as Shell LiveWIRE and Shell Springboard – this tool provides the type of support low-carbon businesses in the UK are seeking.
This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week – a week-long festival of entrepreneurship, ideas and innovation. This week, entrepreneurs from all over the world will be using this week as a catalyst to kick-start their business ambitions. Why not start your journey by seeing what support is available for your low-carbon start-up?
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