Building Greener

An exciting new programme for ambitious entrepreneurs working on innovative solutions to reduce carbon emissions from buildings within Islington and beyond. Plus, up to £15k in grant funding for successful start-ups!


Are you an Islington based entrepreneur or looking for an opportunity to pitch to pilot your innovation in Islington? Join our free Dragon's Den-style pitch programme and receive up to £15k in grant funding.

Meet likeminded peers and gain access to local and national networks

Receive dedicated pitch training from world class facilitators and mentors through our series of workshops

Gain exposure to local council stakeholders with the potential to develop, pilot and scale your solution with Islington council* (*Conditions applied)

Opportunity to pitch your net-zero solution in front of a panel of Islington stakeholders, investors and ecosystem players for up to £15k in funding

Does your business fit the following criteria?

  • You're an ambitious company, working on an innovative solution to one of Islington's Innovation 2030 priority areas (specifically: the decarbonisation of residential, commercial and industrial buildings and infrastructure)
  • If successful, your business would have an opportunity to pitch for a pilot with Islington council
  • You are able to operate locally within Islington and address local challenges
  • You are able to commit to the full workshop and pitch commitments of the programme

Building Greener is a free Dragon's Den style pitch programme delivered by Start Up Discovery School, in collaboration with Islington council and funded by (Islington's) Carbon Offset Fund.

So, what are you waiting for? Register today! 

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2024 Programme Timeline

Applications open

Interviews and onboarding

Pitch workshop series

Dragon’s Den pitch

Pilot discussions with Islington*

*Conditions applied