Welcome to the Low Carbon Challenge 2016! We’re an initiative led by Enspiral, a network of professionals working together for social innovation, and the Wellington City Council. Now in its third year, the Low Carbon Challenge is bringing together Wellington’s green innovators to change the way we live, move and grow.

How so?

The Low Carbon Challenge promotes climate change mitigation and green growth by amplifying ventures in energy, transport and waste. We take early stage companies capturing the spirit of sustainable entrepreneurship and foster them into commercial realities throughout a seven-week programme.

The Challenge offers participating ventures:

  • Up to $15,000 in matched funding for three teams respectively, courtesy of Wellington City Council’s Smart Energy Capital Fund.

  • The chance to build strong networks and collaborative partnerships with cross-sector organisations in Wellington.

  • The opportunity to build your public profile and grow your team’s skills and capacity.

  • Industry mentorship and business advising.

As with previous challenges, we’ve partnered with an awesome group of companies across energy, transport and waste to collaborate and provide expert mentorship and connections to industry. We’re also lucky to have support from a range of advisors who know both the hurdles early-stage businesses face and the tools needed to clear them. We’ll be giving you the rundown of each partner in our coming blogs, so watch this space!

The Low Carbon Challenge kicks off with a launch evening on May 4 at 6pm. We’re bringing together Wellington’s innovators from across business, NGOs, government and academia to hear about the opportunities of a low carbon future. We’d love for you to join us - RSVP now!

From here, applications will open for potential ventures (you!) to join us at our LCC Jam Day on June 4. The LCC Jam is a day-long event for six selected ventures to meet innovators, mentors and collaborators to share ideas and get inspired.

These six ventures will then work alongside our partners throughout the Challenge to undergo workshops covering planning, business modelling and development, financing, marketing and more.

We’re looking to get alongside green ventures that:

  • have a workable proposition and the potential to grow

  • are in the prototype or early operative stage

  • that are actively looking for funding

  • have a solid team with relevant skills and an understanding of entrepreneurial processes  

Share our vision of green innovation and want to join us at the LCC Jam? Great!

We’d love to help you increase the impact and scale of your venture and the LCC Jam will be the first step in doing so. Applications will soon open during the May 4 launch evening and run until May 20. So if you’re sitting on the next green commercial reality, make sure you get on board the Low Carbon Challenge!

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