Have you founded a nature-based enterprise*, or are you at an early-stage of your development with a good idea and need support to take you to the next level?

The Nature-Based Accelerator, ‘Developed by Good Ideas and Glasgow City Council’s H2020 Connecting Nature project, is a pilot programme to support early-stage impactful nature-based business and social enterprise that could make a positive environmental, social, and economic change in Glasgow.

The programme aims to encourage more local and resilient nature-based economies, create more green jobs, and help us achieve our net-zero targets. One of the main focusses of the pilot is on how we can use innovative enterprise ideas to help improve and maintain Glasgow’s open spaces.

*A nature-based enterprise has a broader definition than you might initially think. It can include many different types of organisation such as social enterprises, a collective, charities or even a for-profit business. The key criteria is that nature is used either directly or indirectly as a fundamental part of their product, service or process whilst also supporting climate change, health and wellbeing and biodiversity policy agendas. Examples can include food or other community growing; beekeeping; nature-focused landscape architecture; eco-tourism; urban forestry; biomaterials; carbon off-setting; vocational & skills training plus lots more.  You can find more examples and more information about nature-based enterprises by checking out Connecting Nature’s simple guidebook (PDF).

Is this for you?

  • You are an innovator or entrepreneur.
  • You have an idea that could result in positive social, environmental, and economic outcomes.
  • Your idea incorporates a use of nature either directly or indirectly whilst supporting climate change, health & wellbeing and biodiversity loss policies.
  • You have a good understanding of what you want to do and the impact your idea could have.
  • You have started to explore who your potential customers and beneficiaries might be.
  • Your idea will have an impact in Glasgow and could help to achieve the objectives of the open space strategy.
  • You understand how your idea could be financially viable.

What’s involved

  • 3 month fully funded programme.
  • A facilitated process using design thinking methodology.
  • 10 interactive workshops (online and in person).
  • Working closely with other Nature-based enterprises.
  • A final launch event connecting with key stakeholders.
  • Expert input and outgoing support.

By the end of the programme you will:

  • Have a clearly defined value proposition (and USP).
  • Understand who your potential customers are.
  • Established a strong peer network of support with others working in a similar field.
  • Understand your business model and how your enterprise can be financially viable.
  • Learnt from entrepreneurs and experts within the field.
  • Identified the social, environmental, and economic benefits your enterprise can have.
  • Have access to business support throughout the programme.
  • Connected into the wider ecosystem.
  • Launched to a network of key stakeholders.

Programme Dates

We anticipate delivering the programme on the following dates. Please save these to your calendar.

  • 3rd June (9.30 – 12.30)
  • 10th June (9.30 – 4.30)
  • 17th June (9.30 – 4.30)
  • 24th June (9.30 – 12.30)
  • 1st July (9.30 – 4.30)
  • 8th July (9.30 – 12.30)
  • 26th August (9.30 – 12.30)
  • 2nd September (5.00 – 8.00pm)

Apply Now

The button below will take you to the application form. The application is simple and straight forward and contains up to 14 questions. If you have all the details of your idea to hand it will take no more than 15 minutes to complete.

Applications should be received no later than 21st May 2021. Spaces are limited and applicants will be notified of the panels decision on 26th May 2021.




Application data will be held by The Melting Pot and shared with Glasgow City Council and Connecting Nature’

If you have any queries about content, the application process or criteria or are facing issues with completing the form, please contact [email protected] or/and [email protected]




Connecting NatureConnecting Nature

“Coordinated by Trinity College Dublin, Connecting Nature is a Horizon 2020 project where Glasgow is a front runner city. It is a consortium of 30 partners within 16 European countries, and hubs in Brazil, China, Korea & The Caucasus (Georgia and Armenia). We are co-working with local authorities, communities, industry partners, NGOs and academics who are investing in large scale implementation of nature–based projects in urban settings. We are measuring the impact of these initiatives on climate change adaptation, health and well-being, social cohesion, and sustainable economic development in these cities. We are also developing a diversity of innovative actions to nurture the start-up and growth of commercial and social enterprises active in producing nature-based solutions and products.”


Glasgow City Council

Glasgow City Council

Glasgow is one of three cities from across Europe selected to take part in the H2020 Connecting Nature project as a ‘Front Runner City’. The purpose of a front runner city is to lead on large scale nature-based solution projects and share learning with other partner cities across Europe and the world.

Through the Connecting Nature project the Glasgow team is supporting the development and delivery of the Open Space Strategy (OSS). Glasgow’s project has a data-driven strategic policy focus and was therefore chosen for an innovative and unique approach.

The team are working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to implement the 15 key aspects identified within the OSS helping to ensure positive economic, social & environmental outcomes.’


The Melting Pot

Good Ideas at The Melting Pot

Since 2011 Good Ideas at The Melting Pot has inspired and supported people to turn their good ideas into new social enterprises, charities, and campaigns. Making an idea happen can be a daunting prospect. Finding time to explore new ideas is difficult. We’re here to help people test their ideas and make change happen.

The Melting Pot is Scotland’s Centre for Social Innovation and home of coworking in Edinburgh. We lead the way in ensuring creative, resilient, and effective social innovation takes its essential place at the heart of a vibrant society.


Centre for Civic Innovation

Centre for Civic Innovation

The Centre for Civic Innovation is a pioneering citizen-centred design team within Glasgow City Council, responsible for establishing a design-led approach to the understanding of societal shifts and civic experiences within the city. Our vision is to inspire and engage the citizens of Glasgow to create a better future for everybody.

As a creative collective, the team focus all of their professional expertise on making a difference to the people of Glasgow, working on projects in the city as well as pooling their resources on European and Global projects tackling anything from reducing child poverty in Glasgow, and ending homelessness in Europe, to co-designing innovative tools to support the most vulnerable citizens in society


Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is a vibrant, innovative and multi-award winning University for the Common Good. We aim to contribute to society in a manner that embraces yet goes beyond the traditional role of a university. GCU’s For the Common Good commitment is brought to life through our strategy and by the actions of our staff, students, and alumni around the world. GCU’s goal is to become world leading in Social Innovation by 2030. In recognition of its achievements in social innovation, GCU has been designated Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U, is one of only 29 in the world, and the first in Scotland.


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