What next for Food, Drink and Farming in a Post-Brexit Scotland?

ClimateLaunchpad, the world’s largest low carbon business ideas competition, has selected three winners to represent Scotland at the global final in Tallinn, Estonia later this year. This followed a European record-breaking 59 applications to the Scottish stage of the competition, demonstrating just how vibrant the potential of Scotland’s low carbon economy is.

On Friday 9th September at the University of Edinburgh Business School the three ClimateLaunchpad Scotland winners will pitch to a public audience, in preparation for the global final and to connect them to potential investors and customers. These winners are:

  • 1st place: CreChar – a novel plant growth enhancer-fertiliser for domestic gardening made from waste paper cups. CreChar is a startup from the University of Edinburgh School of GeoSciences.
  • 2nd place: HakySak – a sharing economy website that lets you rent out possessions in your local area. Think Airbnb for your stuff. HakySak has been co-founded by two PhD students from the University of Strathclyde.
  • 3rd place: Green Grow Mushroom – Fresh gourmet mushrooms for local food networks. Far from being a small-scale lifestyle business, the real commercial opportunity and climate impact will come from forest regeneration.

Roseanna Cunningham MSP (@strathearnrose), Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, will also address the audience. Introduced by Tom Mitchell, the recently appointed Director of Climate-KIC UK & Ireland, the Cabinet Secretary will talk about energy and climate change in Scotland in the context of our future relationship with Europe.

Following the pitches and Ministerial keynote there will be a debate on “The Future of Food, Drink and Farming in a Post-Brexit Scotland” with a panel of industry thought-leaders brought together by Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group. Chaired by Samantha Barber, Non-Executive Director of Iberdrola SA (parent of ScottishPower), the panel will feature John Glen, CEO of Buccleuch Estates and John Kinnaird, Chair of the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution.

Samantha Barber said “Brexit has created another barrier to the already titanic challenge of transitioning Scotland to a world-leading low carbon economy. Every sector in Scotland from financial services to energy must plan and prepare for what lies ahead in our European relationship. As thought-leaders from industry, Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group look forward to stimulating public debate on this topic on Friday 9th September in Edinburgh; taking a special look at the impact on Scotland’s food, drink and agricultural sectors. We encourage anyone interested to join us for what will be a stimulating, interactive and engaging debate.”

Registration and a full agenda for this not-for-profit event is at:


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