AN Edinburgh Napier graduate is paving the way for low-carbon innovation after being accepted into a prestigious Europe-wide programme.

Martina Zupan, who studied product design at the university before setting up her own business aimed at reducing plastic pollution, has made it on to the Climate-KIC Accelerator scheme.

The scheme itself is an 18-month programme delivered by the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), which offers workspace, masterclasses, and coaching as well as up to €60,000 in funding.

She said: “It is a fantastic opportunity to take my business further. Having access to help from amazing mentors and business advisors at ECCI along with workshops, training and funding will be a fantastic resource and one I can’t wait to get involved with.”

Zupan’s Alterwaste focuses on preventing industrial waste by turning it into sustainable products that will benefit the environment.