Competition to find 20 UK clean tech start-ups announced

Clean and Cool Mission 2013 offers businesses week of advice and networking in Brazil

The business funding and innovation agency, The Technology Strategy Board, has launched its Clean and Cool Mission 2013, offering 20 UK technology entrepreneurs within sustainable industries the chance to grow their business in Brazil.

Running for its eighth year, the 20 chosen start-ups will go on a one week intensive ‘mission’ to Brazil where they will be given advice, guidance and networking opportunities. Companies will be asked to contribute £2,500 if selected for the mission.

Backed by UK Trade and Investment and the Long Run Venture, the competition is looking for resourceful small and medium-sized businesses that provide solutions in bioenergy, water and waste water, solid waste, wind and solar, buildings, future cities, agriculture and forestry.

The agency, which aims to support and expand innovative businesses, claims the mission will enable entrepreneurs to showcase their technologies and expand their businesses within a global market that by 2020 is predicted to be worth $2 trillion.

The launch follows the recent announcement of partner competition Clean and Cool Colorado 2013 which seeks UK entrepreneurs offering solutions in energy storage, smart grids, systems integration, buildings, transport and solar and wind.

Chief executive of the Technology Strategy Board, Iain Gray commented: “The real story here will be about these promising UK business people who are ready to embark on innovative ventures in a new but growing sector.

“The UK is a hot bed of clean technology companies, we want to work with them to help them find and carve out their place in the trillion-dollar global market.” The mission to Brazil runs from October 30 to November 7, click here to apply.

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