Innovation news in brief: Cleantech; Oxfordshire lab space; cloud infrastructure

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Climate-KIC launches cleantech competition

One thousand applications are being sought from 25 countries across Europe for Climate-KIC's ClimateLaunchpad competition.

ClimateLaunchpad is Europe’s largest cleantech business idea competition. The UK application process, programme and national competition are being delivered by Climate-KIC from its base at Innovation Birmingham Campus.

The competition is for entrepreneurs and students to put forward their cleantech business ideas. The 10 successful applicants from the UK will be invited to take part in a two-day business bootcamp, a series of workshops, before being narrowed down to three finalists who will then be invited to Estonia in October 2015 for the ClimateLaunchpad European final. The winner and two runners up will receive cash prizes totalling €17,500.

The top eight finalists in the Europe-wide competition will be given a place on Climate-KIC’s flagship Accelerator programme, which offers grants of up to €20,000 to the most promising start-ups; enabling them to bring their low carbon products/services to market in an accelerated timescale.

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RouteShoot continues to Open Roads in the Philippines

Exeter Science Park tenant RouteShoot have secured an extension to its contract with the World Bank to deliver a solution that will digitally map the national and local roads network in the Philippines.

In 2014 RouteShoot were contacted by the World Bank who were seeking a collaborative tool that would assist in the monitoring of strategic investments in local roads in the Philippines. This approach followed the World Bank announcement of the Philippines Rural Development Programme, which aims to increase rural incomes and enhance farm and fishery productivity, with an allocated budget of $500 million to finance Farm to market Roads (FMRs).

RouteShoot have since partnered with web developers in the Philippines to create and on-line interactive, Open Government, multi-media platform to digitally map the road networks and track associated priority public investment projects.

The platform, called 'Open Roads' captures geo-coded digital images and videos through mobile devices and has become a government mandated tool that must be used as part of the project management process across the Philippines archipelago comprising 7,107 islands.

‘Millions’ of sq ft of new office and lab space identified in Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire’s businesses are currently facing a marked lack of quality office and laboratory stock, with only 55,000 sq ft of Grade A quality space currently available.

However, according to property consultants Carter Jonas’ latest research there is capacity for approximately 7.48 million sq ft coming through the development pipeline, with an additional 2.09 million sq ft of consented sites in Oxfordshire’s main business locations.

The research identifies that approximately 340 acres of potential development land, in turn equating to approximately 7.48 million sq ft of office and R&D accommodation, is currently coming through the planning allocation process, in addition to current consented sites which total 2.09 million sq ft, totalling approximately 9.57 million sq ft of future office and laboratory space.

Based on the current five-year average annual take up of 250,000 sq ft, this equates to approximately 38 years’ supply.

Cloud infrastructure firm enjoys continued growth

Cloud infrastructure firm UKFast has announced its 16th consecutive year of growth, reports Prolific North.

The Manchester-based technology brand had a £5 million increase in revenue in 2015.

CEO Lawrence Jones said: “The last year has been the most exciting year of our 16 so far. We’ve added more big brands and enterprise clients than ever before. A particular highlight for me was winning the account with JCB. They are an iconic British business, a unique ‘stand out’ brand and one I am tremendously proud to host.

Revenue for its eCloud range grew by 82.9% between 2014 and 2015, contributing to 18% overall growth in 2015.

Success is an emotional game for heartbroken developer

A videogame which was created to help with the emotions felt during the breakdown of a relationship is now going global on Steam, the world-leading digital games distribution platform.

Called Samphi, the game has been created by independent games developer Dale Green of Greeny Games Studio.

“As far as I know Samphi’s genre doesn't have any games with a meaningful story,” said Dale, "so I took the challenge to make the first!”

“My goal now is to create a truly community driven game,” he added.