Call for green innovators at IFB 2014

The International Festival for Business (IFB) is giving fast-growing clean tech businesses from across the UK the chance to grow their companies and connect with key industry buyers and investors.

Clean and Cool, which is being held tomorrow (Thursday 17 July 2014), will bring together SMEs, start-ups and entrepreneurs with investors, venture capitalists and companies from a range of industry sectors.

Held at the Crowne Plaza, Liverpool, the ‘meet the buyer’ style event will give 15 low carbon companies the chance to pitch their businesses, products and concepts to a panel of leading judges.

The panel will include representatives from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), Santander, The University of Liverpool and DLA Piper.

Mark Knowles, Head of Low Carbon Economy at the Liverpool City Region LEP, said:

“The low carbon sector is worth £2.5bn to the City Region economy employing over 22,000 people. The clean tech sector is a massive contributor to this success story. It combines our expertise and talents from academic research, engineering, science and business services to create world leading products and services. The Clean and Cool event celebrates this success and reveals some of the very latest in clean technology.”

Clean and Cool will also highlight the different routes available to solve international decarbonisation and reduce carbon emissions, and showcase developing low carbon technologies.

Comprising four key themes, the event will explore IT Communications and Smart Solutions, Energy Storage, Distributed Generation, and Innovation in Resource Efficiency.

It will combine several presentations from a range of leading guest speaker from key corporate organisations, utility providers, government scientific advisers and SMEs.

These will include Ian Hanley, low carbon lead at Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS); Volker Buscher, practice lead UK MEA IT and communications systems at ARUP; Mike Colechin, strategy manager at Energy Technlogies Institute and Guy Pattison, co-founder of Clean and Cool Missions.  

The event is supported by Technology Strategy Board, UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and The Long Run Venture.

For more information about the event, or to register your interest, please visit

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