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Three teams of young innovators are preparing to do battle when they pitch their creative ideas to tackle air pollution in front of a panel of experts.

They will be presenting their ideas at Venturefest Scotland – Scotland’s annual innovation summit – this Thursday.

The winning team will receive an investment from Social Investment Scotland (SIS), and all three finalists will benefit from a session with an SIS investment manager to help them realise their ideas.

The teams, known as Futuristic 5, Ninions and Project Airtech, were the winning trio at VentureJam 2016, the official youth strand for Venturefest, which took place on 5-7 August at Glasgow Science Centre and was delivered by Young Scot, Glasgow City of Science and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

The innovative hackathon-style event saw teams of young people aged 14-20 years design and develop innovative ideas to improve Scotland’s air quality.

The projects that the teams came up with included a photosynthesis bicycle, a fan that filters air and a map-based app that shows ‘clean air’ routes around the city. Reward schemes promoting positive choices for creating more sustainable lifestyles featured heavily in the ideas generated by several of the young teams.

Throughout VentureJam, the would-be entrepreneurs were supported by a team of mentors made up of engineers, creatives and technologists as well as legal and environmental experts.

To build excitement ahead of the VentureJam youth pitch,  and to raise awareness of the importance of taking positive action to tackle air pollution, a projected animation by Double Take Projections will be beamed tonight onto the Glasgow City Chambers, the Clyde Auditorium and Cineworld IMAX at Glasgow Science Centre. 

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