A Dundee-based innovation centre has opened applications for the third cohort of its accelerator programme, which aims to support startups developing cutting-edge solutions to climate change. 

Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) has awarded Skillfluence, an experienced skills training provider, a £300,000 contract to continue the delivery of the scheme.

MSIP, a joint venture between global manufacturing company Michelin, Dundee City Council and Scottish Enterprise, is designed to drive growth and diversity in the Scottish economy whilst addressing the global climate emergency.

Skillfluence will expand its current offering with the continuation of MSIP’s accelerator programme, providing a specialist programme to support Scotland’s net zero carbon ambitions

Applications of the fully subsidised programme are now being accepted for cohort three, which is due to start in August, and participating companies will get access to MSIP’s soon to launch Innovation Lab facilities.

The MSIP Accelerator, part funded by Scottish Enterprise, is one of several initiatives MSIP is undertaking as part of its innovation programme, designed to underpin Scotland’s response to the global climate emergency.

Delivered primarily virtually, with some time spent physically at MSIP’s facilities in Dundee, the 16-week programme will provide participants with access to the skills, knowledge, networks and advice to enhance their overall solutions.

The first cohort was in October 2020, completing in March 2021. The second cohort was August 2021, and finished December 2021.

Sarah Petrie, innovation director at MSIP, said that the continuation of MSIP’s Accelerator demonstrates the “value” that it has already made on industry.

She said: “With an alumni of 19 companies, we are already seeing clear outputs of success for MSIP and across industry, with the progression of new technology that will get us to net zero.

“I’m excited to be working with Skillfluence and to be launching recruitment for cohort three of the MSIP Accelerator.”

She added: “I am confident Skillfluence will deliver a programme that will achieve great results, working with companies to scale up, grow and above all else, deliver upon Scotland’s ambitious transition to net zero.”

Alison Gray, founder and director of Skillfluence, said: “I’m excited to lead our Accelerator Team to deliver the prestigious Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc Accelerator Programme.  The programme will fast-track ambitious sustainable mobility and decarbonisation companies by supporting them to develop and commercialise their innovative ideas. 

“The Skillfluence Accelerator Team will provide exceptional business advice and support to this year’s successful participants, enabling them to access knowledge, skills, networks and investment to turbocharge their growth.”  

Companies can find out more on how to participate in the MSIP Accelerator here. The closing date for applications is 1 July.