The EIT Climate-KIC accelerator aimed to boost innovation in relation to climate change solutions by supporting and funding local start-ups. This programme supported the first three stages of start-up development and is not limited to early-stage start-ups or scale-ups only. The selected start-ups forming part of this programme received up to €20K in funds, tailored training and expert coaching. As part of an EU-wide programme, participants also had the chance to vastly expand their networks and be directly linked to global investors and cleantech industries.
In 2021, Tech.mt was involved in selecting a number of start-ups (from a larger pool of startups) to form part of this programme by forming part of a judging panel to select said start-ups.
Tech.mt sponsored this programme with a 5k budget consequently deciding to allocate its 5K award to ELM fabrication, which 3D prints furniture out of sustainable and recycled materials. The co-founders are David Scibberas (of Invent3D) and Nicholas Borg Calleja.
Tech.mt decided to award the prize money to ELM as it feels that this project has great sustainable potential which aids the digital and green transitions that are so important and both a National and EU Level.
On 08/04/21, Tech.mt representatives visited the ELM facility in Bulebel to have a look at the prototype 3D printing machine which was developed to take this project forward.