UMIC is now well underway in delivering its vision for an incubator supporting Manchester’s growing low carbon and environmental sector. The Manchester Low Carbon Incubator Centre (LCIC) is now shaping up into a programme of action and activities. Some of the keynote 2010 developments included:
Establishing an Advisory Team to help shape the incubator agenda.
The Advisory team first met before Christmas and had an excellent attendance from across the business, civic and academic communities. The meeting gathered a comprehensive set of views such as focusing activity based on research excellence areas, investment community needs, business support and funding streams. The Advisory Team is also planning a number of events related to the Incubator.
Low Carbon and Environment competition 2011 .
Focusing on all faculties of The University of Manchester this will aim to increase the incidence of related disclosures, both in low carbon technologies and low carbon service based solutions.The competition organisers have garnered a very substantial prize fund from UMIP and UMIC and its associate networks including free patent development and registration, communications planning, £10k in proof of market funding available and a number of workshops to help shape up entrants’ ideas.
The LCIC team are also looking at a number of grant funding mechanisms for the physical incubator development and actively pursuing funding at present. Over the next the next 6-12 months they expect to have a striking low carbon 'work-hub' in place alongside supporting the low carbon community with innovation services.
The UMIC portfolio of low carbon companies is growing with a mix of low carbon , high growth technology companies such as Nanoco, Arvia Technology and I-pix digital lighting. Alongside these companies we have emergent, innovative service companies including GB Recycling in food waste recycling, Bloomtrigger environmental fundraising, Kaya Responsible Travel and Low Carbon Technology communications company Frontier PR.
Tony Walker, Incubation Manager says;
“Our incubation activity continues to develop the economic sector of low carbon and environmental technologies by supporting the innovation capacity of SMEs. One great example was when Shell held their Springboard Northern finals here with us and UMIC was represented on the judging panel.”