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Startup SolarisKit Sees Amazon Launchpad Success

David Paul

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The Dundee-based firm will now be part of the tech giant’s programme helping its product to go global.

Scottish startup SolarisKit has secured a place on the Amazon Launchpad programme to help push the firm’s product to the global market.

The company’s flat pack thermal collector harnesses solar energy to heat water. Its tech is currently one of the cheapest solar thermal collectors to install worldwide, but so far has been securing its marketplace in Scotland.

However, acceptance onto Amazon Launchpad, an invitation-only programme designed to help small companies accelerate growth, now means that SolarisKit can show its product worldwide.

The company originally found support on RBS’s Climate Entrepreneur Accelerator, a three-month digital programme providing the tools, guidance and contacts to help small firms to grow.

Commenting on the news, Dr Faisal Ghani, founder and CEO of SolarisKit, said: “This exciting next step in our journey is testament to the valuable lessons learned through Royal Bank of Scotland’s Climate Accelerator.

“Amazon Launchpad has a keen focus on supporting sustainable and we caught their eye thanks to the bank’s robust support.

“Through this new partnership, we hope to reach new markets that will enable us to make a real change to rising carbon emissions through the decarbonisation of heat and our reforestation commitment.”

RBS recently relaunched its Entrepreneur Accelerator with a climate focus after its ‘springboard to recovery’ report found that supporting scaleups and a shift towards sustainability could unlock £140 billion in economic growth.

The bank has also announced a partnership with SolarisKit to install its thermal tech at its Gogarburn HQ in Edinburgh.

SolarisKit’s previously secured £250,000 of funding from Innovate UK in January last year to help reduce both energy costs and carbon emissions to help low income families in developing countries.


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Paula Ritchie, enterprise director at RBS, added: “From trials in Rwanda to the development of a new product combining the thermal collector with a water storage tank, SolarisKit’s journey has been remarkable since graduating from our Climate Accelerator.

“Amazon Launchpad is set to propel the business to further success whilst contributing to climate change in a meaningful way, and we look forward to continuing to follow Dr Ghani’s journey.”

David Paul

Staff Writer, DIGIT

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