Caan backs new search to support green entrepreneurs

Last week Matter&Co helped to launch a major opportunity for three of the UK’s most innovative environmental entrepreneurs to get first class support and access to a multi-million pound fund.

The Berti Green Accelerator programme, supported by James Caan’s Hamilton Bradshaw Impact Partners (HBIP), is searching for three successful low carbon businesses to award six months of first-class business support from HBIP and the opportunity to receive funding of up to £1million from Berti Investments.

The programme has been developed by Berti Investments and HBIP following a shared commitment to making a difference through impact investing. It recognises the amazing growth opportunity for low carbon businesses in the UK.

Whilst UK economic growth has substantially slowed since 2008, venture capital investment into the UK’s cleantech sector increased in 2011 for the sixth year in a row, to over £350million. With considerable work still to be done to reach 2020 carbon reduction targets, significant opportunities lie ahead for green entrepreneurs.

Matter&Co has been working closely with the Berti Investments team, advising on the communications strategy for the programme and delivering a media and social media campaign to support the launch of the programme.

Applications for the fund are now open with a closing date of 17 April 2012. Shortlisted candidates will pitch to a Dragons’ Den style panel of judges including James Caan, Jeremy Leggett (founder and chairman of Solarcentury), Michael Liebreich (founder and chief executive of Bloomberg New Energy Finance) and Jacques Tredoux (Berti Investments).

For more information or to enter, visit the Berti website:
Twitter: @BertiUK