Opportunity: Nature-Based Enterprise Accelerator pilot

22nd April 2021

A fully-funded 10-week programme to support nature-based business and social enterprise ideas

Have you founded a nature-based enterprise*, or are you at an early-stage of your development and need support to take your idea to the next level? Or, do you know someone who has?

Glasgow City Council’s H2020 Connecting Nature project, in partnership with The Melting Pot’s Good Ideas and Glasgow Caledonian University, has launched the Nature-Based Accelerator, a pilot programme to support early-stage impactful nature-based businesses and social enterprises that are or could be making positive environmental, social, and economic change in Glasgow.

The pilot programme, which is fully funded for 10 weeks, aims to find ways to encourage more local and resilient nature-based economies, create more green jobs, and help us to achieve our net-zero targets. One of the main focuses of the pilot is on how we can use innovative enterprise ideas to help improve and maintain Glasgow’s open spaces.

Spaces are limited and applications should be received no later than 21st May 2021.

*A nature-based enterprise has a broader definition than you might initially think. It can include many different types of organisation such as social enterprises, a collective, charities or even a for-profit business. The key criteria is that nature is used either directly or indirectly as a fundamental part of their product, service or process whilst also supporting climate change, health and wellbeing and biodiversity policy agendas. Examples can include food or other community growing; beekeeping; nature-focused landscape architecture; eco-tourism; urban forestry; biomaterials; carbon off-setting; vocational and skills training, plus lots more. You can find more examples and more information about nature-based enterprises by checking out Connecting Nature’s simple guidebook (PDF).

More details and the application form can be found at: https://good-ideas.org/nature-based-accelerator.

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