Boris Johnson and Deborah Meaden launch hunt for Low Carbon Entrepreneur 2014

The Mayor of London will offer a £20,000 prize to the Low Carbon Entrepreneur 2014.

Boris Johnson and Dragons’ Den‘s Deborah Meaden are calling on London’s budding entrepreneurs to come up with innovative new business ideas to cut future carbon emissions and enhance the capital’s green economy.

The winner will be crowned Low Carbon Entrepreneur of 2014 and win £20,000 to help make their idea a reality. The shortlisted candidates, meanwhile, will compete for a paid internship at engineering firm Siemens, sponsors of the competition.

“London’s burgeoning green economy is full of potential and I want to encourage every bright young mind to consider what they can add,” says Johnson. “Somewhere out there is the next big idea that could transform the way we live and work while helping reduce our carbon emissions and encouraging huge investment and growth in the capital.”

The competition forms part of the Mayor’s commitment to achieve a 60 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2025.

Entries can range from new product design, transport facilities, energy efficiency, water management food and waste recycling or any other ideas for a more sustainable future.

“It’s a delight to help mould the wonderful new ideas being dreamt up by the bright sparks of the future,” adds Meaden. “Reducing carbon emissions is absolutely vital both for future societies and the protection of our environment. So I want to invite all of London’s students to get their thinking caps on and think about the tomorrow they want to be part of.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Siemens Crystal on Wednesday June 4, 2014.

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