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Carlisle City Council is providing local businesses with free access to its local business support and grant portal provided by Open4Business. This is tailored for the Carlisle area and includes local, regional and national schemes.

Business can also search for funding relevant to their size and sector. To use the portal, you will first need to register with Open4Business.


Grants and Funding


Launch of 2021 New Energy Challenge for Low Carbon Business Ideas

06 May 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The New Energy Challenge encourages collaboration between start-ups and industry as a way to fast-track the development and introduction of breakthrough technologies. Businesses are being encouraged to propose disruptive solutions that could contribute to shaping a low-carbon energy system for the future.

The Challenge has two distinct tracks: one for start-ups (Seed phase) and a track for scale-ups (Series A). In doing so, the Challenge will offer companies with different levels of maturity business value that suits their specific needs.

  • Track One offers early-stage start-ups an intensive programme to validate their business plans and exchange ideas with coaches and experts. The winning finalist receives at least €100,000 towards a proof of concept within the Shell GameChanger programme, enabling them to test the technical and commercial viability of their solution.
  • Track Two offers scale-ups the opportunity to engage with experts and exchange knowledge and ideas, as well the opportunity to design a pilot proposal. The winner will further develop and potentially execute the pilot, together with Shell Ventures and Shell’s Renewables & Energy Solutions business.

European and Israeli start-ups and scale-ups with innovative technologies may apply. The focus is on businesses offering low-carbon energy solutions that could be vital in accelerating the energy transition.

The deadline for applications is 1 June 2021.

More details can be accessed at the programme website

Finalists will be invited to join the Finals Week in October in the Netherlands. At the Finals Day event, finalists will make their final pitch before a jury of experts who will select the winners of the New Energy Challenge.

Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    Shell Headquarters
    Carel van Bylandtlaan 16
    2596 HR
    PO Box 162
    2501 AN
    The Hague
    The Netherlands
    Tel: +31 70 377 9111
    Email: [email protected]

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