Incubator Programmes

Helps cleantech start-ups and potential high-growth SMEs to further commercialise their products and services.

CLT manages cleantech incubator programmes supported by The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and The Carbon Trust.

DECC Energy Entrepreneurs Fund

DECC LogoCLT is a framework provider to DECC specifically to provide commercialisation support services for the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund, a £35 million grant programme for cleantech innovation.

CLTs role has included:

  • Designing a venture planning method to prioritise support to help commercialise the outputs of grant funded projects.
  • facilitating planning sessions with sucessful grant applicants, and preparing a  incubation support plan for the company and DECC.
  • collaborating with other DECC EEF Framework suppliers to deliver support services to the grant applicants

The suppliers on the DECC EEF framework are Ove ARUP, CLT, Mott Macdonald, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Carbon Trust.

CLT have commissioned a series of films for cleantech companies involved with the DECC Energy Entrepreneurs Fund, you can watch the videos below:

The Energy Entrepreneurs Fund is part of a wider DECC – Low Carbon Innovation initiative:

DECC Low Carbon Innovation

DECC aims to invest £150 million into development and demonstration of low carbon technologies over the next 3 years and will focus on the priority areas including offshore wind, marine, energy efficiency in domestic & non-domestic buildings, electricity storage, renewable heat (storage, pumps and networks), energy from waste and biomass, carbon capture & storage, hydrogen and fuel cells.

The focus of the framework is to provide technical and programme delivery expertise with the objective of accelerating the commercialisation of economic low-carbon technologies. A range of interventions will be prepared appropriate to the target markets and innovation communities, which may include SMEs and large industrial companies.

For further details see:-

ERDF CLT Clean Tech Incubator – South East England

CLT manage a Cleantech Incubator Programme supported by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

DCLG ERDF logoTo be eligible to join this incubator and obtain consulting support from CLT a business must be an SME based in the South East of England or have a material association with the South East, such as collaboration with a South East based university. In addition, the business should meet one or more of the goals ERDF seeks to achieve:

  • The prospect of growth and job creation
  • Delivery of value added clean-tech services or products from the South East
  • The delivery of carbon savings or other environmental benefits
  • Collaboration with South East universities or knowledge base

Should your business satisfy any of these criteria, CLT will arrange a meeting to assess how this programme could help you commercialise your clean technology or product. Those companies accepted onto the programme will receive fully funded consulting support, the value of which depends on the approved tasks and is classified as de minimis state aid. Applicants are expected to make commercial progress in-between each support task.

To find out more about how the CLT Cleantech Incubator Programmes can help your clean-tech venture through ERDF support, please contact us.

What is the ERDF?

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) was set up in 1975 to help share economic growth evenly across EU countries and industries. The EU provides a wide range of support to many businesses in the UK through a variety of ERDF programmes. For a full list of ERDF projects in the South East of England visit the Department of Communities and Local Government website:

The CLT Cleantech Incubator Programme provides funded consultancy support to low-carbon and clean technology based businesses in the South East of England. This is part of the ERDF South East Regional Competitiveness and Employment Programme 2007-1.