Published on 2 - July - 2012
Breathing Buildings named a winner of Berti Green Accelerator programme
Breathing Buildings, the natural ventilation specialist, has been named one of the first winners of the Berti Green Accelerator programme.
Launched earlier this year, the initiative is designed to help grow low carbon start-ups in the UK through a package of bespoke business support and funding.
Breathing Buildings, which has successfully commercialised its patented, low energy e-stack mixing ventilation solution, is one of just three winners. The company will now receive up to six months of first class business support and expertise from Hamilton Bradshaw Impact Partners and up to £1 million of investment from Berti Investments to help the business to grow sustainably.
Over 80 businesses applied for the programme. The final stage in the process for the last six applicants involved a Dragons' Den style pitch to a panel of judges including James Caan, former dragon and founder of Hamilton Bradshaw; Jeremy Leggett, founder and chairman of Solarcentury; Michael Liebreich, founder and chief executive of Bloomberg New Energy Finance and Jacques Tredoux, director of Berti Investments.
Speaking about Breathing Buildings' success, James Caan said: "The passion and drive of the team was infectious and I was really impressed by their knowledge of the market, their product and their pricing."
Michael Liebreich said: "Breathing Buildings has a simple, patented solution to provide natural ventilation in buildings, saving money and improving ventilation. As a thermodynamics guy, how could I not like it?"
Breathing Buildings' e-stack systems are already operating in over 60 different buildings, covering a variety of uses, across both the public and private sector.
David Wilkinson, finance and operations director of Breathing Buildings, said: "I am delighted we are a winner of the first Berti Green Accelerator programme. E-stack has been an incredible success and the Berti Green Accelerator programme can play a role in taking the company to the next level through investment in our UK sales force."