was a low carbon innovation development fund led by the University of East Anglia (UEA). It was one of 11 three-year projects supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), under the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) between 2007 and 2009. Educe were commissioned to assess the qualitative impact of the fund and inform future developments. We provided UEA with an overall evaluation framework, with our research complementing other evaluative data from individual projects and a separate assessment of carbon reduction gains. The evaluation considered, amongst other things, added value generated by the programme, the role of project co-ordinators as brokers and relationship managers, and perspectives from venture capital organisations and private sector partners.
UEA’s experience in managing Carbon Connections led to their success in securing ERDF funding for the Low Carbon Innovation Fund (LCIF), the regional venture capital fund in the East of England. LCIF was aimed at SMEs who were developing innovative products, services or processes in a low carbon, environmentally sensitive manner. Educe was subsequently commissioned to undertake the evaluation of LCIF, in conjunction with Futureneering Ltd.