Do you have an idea for a product or service which could help tackle climate change? If so Wyre Forest District Council and local low carbon community group Transition Kidderminster would like to hear from you.
They have teamed up to find new green entrepreneurs. They are searching for local people with innovative products, services or business ideas that can help tackle climate change. This could be something which reduces energy use, helps generate clean power or makes our communities more self reliant.
The shortlisted applicants will get the chance to pitch to a panel of Green Dragons at Kidderminster Town Hall on Saturday 24 January 2015 during the Green Home Show. The winning entry will go forward onto the European stage and become part of the West Midlands EU funded Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community innovation programme. It could help them transform their idea into a commercially viable business. The judges will include Mike Goodfellow-Smith from the Innovation Team at Climate KIC and representatives from the Council and Transition Kidderminster.
Keith Budden from Transition Kidderminster said:
“This is a great opportunity for people with great green business ideas or products to get noticed, access support and gain investment. The chance to participate in the European Union’s innovation programme opens up a huge market for local talent with great ideas that can not only help create jobs but also help cut carbon pollution and make our world a better place to live in.”
The Green Home Show is a free event on Saturday 24 January, 11.00am – 3.00pm. It is open to anyone to attend. There will be a wide variety of energy and money saving product and gadgets on show. This includes things like systems to control your heating from your phone, electric cars and home energy generation equipment.
Councillor Anne Hingley, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Well-being and Housing said:
“The Green Home Show is a fantastic opportunity for people to find out how they can save money on their energy bills and add value to their homes. It’s free to enter and there will be experts on hand to give advice as well as the latest energy saving gadgets on show. If you’re planning a green 2015, it will be a great way to start the New Year!”
Anyone interested in applying to enter the Green Dragons’ Den should contact Elaine Halford-Bishop with a brief description of their business idea by Friday 12 December.
Picture shows: Richard Osborne, Wyre Forest District Council’s Principal Environmental Health Officer and Health and Sustainability Project Officer, Elaine Halford-Bishop.