Bord Na Móna selects Weev for Accelerate Green Programme



Eight start-up green businesses from across Ireland which will take part in Bord Na Móna’s 2024 Accelerate Green Programme.

The accelerator programme, delivered by Bord na Móna in conjunction with Resolve Partners, is dedicated to scaling early-stage enterprises, SMEs and start-ups that are leading the response to climate action and sustainability.

The eight companies chosen for the programme range from renewable energy and sustainable agri-tech to EV charging and food fermentation. They are ACEL Energy, Voltclub Renewables, Konree Innovation, Weev, SomaTech, I/O Agri, AffinityEV and Universal Graphics.

They are based all over the country and are all delivering unique green innovation that caters to a range of business needs across multiple industries in Ireland and internationally.

The rollout of Accelerate Green is part of Bord na Mona’s €5m commitment to supporting the growth of Ireland’s rising green innovator network between 2022 and 2025.

The eight companies will undergo a series of immersive learning sessions and mentoring workshops across eight weeks in the dedicated Accelerate Green hub in Boora in Co Offaly.

A total of 25 Irish businesses have successfully completed the programme since it first launched in 2022 and the majority of these have continued to scale their offering of green products or services in the meantime.

Tom Donnellan, chief executive of Bord na Móna, said this year’s participants in the Accelerate Green Programme are inspiring examples of the high standard of innovation in the Irish sustainability space today.

“As a company that has scaled its renewable energy and climate solutions offering significantly, we have learned a lot along the way and are keen to share our insights with these rising businesses through our Accelerate Green Programme, while also helping them to build a network of peers to support them on their individual scaling journeys,” Mr Donnellan said.

“It is the success of these businesses and those that have participated in Accelerate Green to date that will help wider efforts to facilitate our transition to a low carbon, climate resilient and environmentally sustainable economy,” he added.

inister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Simon Coveney said the green economy offers exciting opportunities for Irish companies.

“As a government we want to see innovative climate-focused businesses and entrepreneurs across Ireland succeeding and creating new sustainable employment opportunities,” the Minister said.

“As a nation we have ambitious climate action goals in place for the end of the decade as well as our net zero emissions target for 2050. Bord na Móna’s Accelerate Green programme is supporting the green innovators that will help us to meet these goals and shape a more sustainable future for our country,” he added.