Three Scottish climate tech companies have been selected to participate in the second cohort of Tech Nation’s Net Zero growth programme.
Companies selected for the Net Zero 2.0 programme were assessed by 40 specialists across key industries and sectors, according to Tech Nation, with each firm judged on its scalability and potential to help support the UK in reaching net zero goals.
The participating companies will now be given access to long-term investment opportunities, education, talent, press opportunities and a platform with which to influence green policies, according to Tech Nation.
Commenting on the cohort reveal, Tech Nation’s Net Zero lead, Sammy Fry, said: “Every successful Net Zero scaleup is another leap closer to decarbonising the world.
“I’m proud to say that in the run up to COP26, our pioneering Net Zero growth programme gives these ambitious, high-growth climate tech scaleups the access they need to investors, insights, education, networks, and practical support.”
Gerard Grech, Founding CEO of Tech Nation, said: “Climate tech is playing an enormous role in reducing carbon emissions. Technology that helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions, either directly or indirectly, across all sectors of society is in hot demand.”
Meet the Scottish Contestants
The Scottish climate tech companies joining Net Zero 2.0 are all based in Edinburgh and represent an exciting contingent of the fast-growing Scottish tech sector.
Data from Tech Nation’s 2021 report show the Scottish tech scene is home to more than 12,500 tech firms, with the sector employing over 59,000 people.
ACT Blade specialises in creating lightweight wind turbine blades that are both sustainable and cost-effective.
ZUoS, based in Leith, is an energy services platform which helps businesses plan and operate decarbonised energy systems.
Finally, space tech firm Earth Blox provides a cloud-based, Lego-like SaaS which enables businesses to create their own Earth Observation Solutions using modular blocks and satellite imaging to rapidly identify unsustainable activities around the world.
Notably, the Net Zero 2.0 cohort marks the first time space tech companies have been welcomed into the programme.
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In a statement, Earth Blox founders Genevieve Patenaude, Sam Fleming, and Iain Woodhouse said: “Our home, the Earth, is changing fast. Everyone needs to see those changes and act rapidly.
“Tech Nation will help Earth Blox in its mission to give everyone the power to analyse and quantify those changes at planetary scale.”
Sabrina Malpede, Donald MacVicar, and Alessandro Rosiello, Founders of ACT Blade, added: “We are delighted to have been selected by Tech Nation and are looking forward to starting the Net Zero 2.0 program.
“At ACT Blade, we develop more efficient and sustainable wind turbine blades to directly contribute to the net-zero race.”