AN organisation that nurtures the UK's tech ecosystem is has launched a new programme for companies working in CleanTech.

Tech Nation has announced its new Net Zero growth programme, designed to support tech companies that are building a greener, cleaner, and more sustainable future.

The government-backed initiative is the first of its kind to contribute towards the UK achieving its net zero goals and is open to any companies who help to reduce emissions directly or indirectly, with one of the key sub-sectors contributing to net zero being Cleantech.

Companies operating in this high-growth sector range from converting footfall into off-grid power and data, delivering advanced solutions to reduce tailpipe emissions, and using nanotechnology to harness visible light into electrical energy.

Kate Patton, entrepreneur engagement manager, North-East, Tech Nation comments: “The North-East has such a variety of amazing tech companies and I am incredibly passionate about continuing to support and raise the profile of the entire ecosystem through Tech Nation.

“It's with great excitement to announce that we are opening applications for our Applied AI and Fintech growth programmes, and to launch our inaugural Net Zero programme. I encourage relevant companies to submit high-quality applications to ensure strong representation from the North East.”

North-East firms are encouraged to apply for the programme, which comes at a crucial time for the UK tech sector. The deployment of green technologies must be accelerated in order to achieve the 2050 net zero target, and Covid-19 has highlighted the role played by technology in aiding a green recovery in both the short and long term.

The six-month Net Zero Growth Programme will be free to join, and the programme has been tailor-made to tackle the specific challenges of companies operating in this space.

It will create a peer-to-peer network of companies on their scaleup journey, and sessions will be led by some of the country's most successful tech entrepreneurs.

Net Zero applications are now open and close on July 20. Successful applicants will be notified at the end of August. The programme will start in October.