Springboard aims to give a financial boost to UK SMEs with innovative, carbon saving business ideas, providing awards of £40,000 to up to nine companies each year. Since the original pilot project in 2005, the programme has attracted over 1,000 applications from small business owners throughout the UK, with some great ideas to combat climate change, and has awarded a total of £2 million to over 50 businesses.
Our role has been to manage the on-line application process, including operating the Springboard website, and to assess all submitted applications each year in order to draw up a shortlist of finalists for each of three regional judging events. We also attends each regional judging event, as well as the overall UK final, providing technical and commercial advice on each application to the judging panels.The idea behind the programme is that the business response to climate change should not be all about regulatory compliance and cost.
There is a huge business opportunity if society is to adapt to a carbon-constrained world. Examples of winning Springboard ideas include:
Further information on the Shell Springboard competition may be found on its website: www.shellspringboard.org
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