Circular Economy Transition is a pioneer initiative that aims at accelerating the transition of Switzerland to a Circular Economy. It currently takes place in 5 Swiss cities – Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, and Zurich.

In close collaboration with all Impact Hubs throughout Switzerland, sanu durabilitas and with the support of the MAVA foundation, this initiative will contribute to drive the new paradigm for the future of business, policy making and society through 4 main pillars:

SWISS-WIDE CALL FOR EARLY-STAGE STARTUPS IN THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

The Swiss-wide initiative Circular Economy Transition has opened the call for projects for its second edition of the Circular Economy Transition Incubator. For the three-month incubation program from January to April 2020, Circular Economy Transition is looking for 28 early-stage projects from all over Switzerland with circular business models – meaning solutions that are based on circular activities like resell and reuse, repair, and refurbish. 

During the three month incubation program in early 2020, the selected entrepreneurs work on developing their minimum viable product (MVP) and validating their business model, supported by one-to-one mentoring sessions with experienced coaches, workshops, networking sessions, and access to the Swiss circular startup ecosystem and a pool of experts within the field of Circular Economy.

For the selected startups, the incubation phase takes place in their respective city at the Impact Hubs in Bern, Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich. The application deadline is December 15th. Interested early-stage startups with a circular business model can apply here. Additionally, the four Impact Hubs are inviting everyone interested in the program to an information event:

Impact Hub Lausanne: November 04
Impact Hub Bern: November 05
Impact Hub Zurich: November 06
Impact Hub Geneva: November 07

The CET Incubator program is facilitated by Impact Hub Switzerland, who together with sanu durabilitas is running the Circular Economy Transition. Among the 26 startups that successfully went through the first edition of the CE Incubator earlier this year were sharing platforms such as sharealookBibou’tic, and la manivelle, and startups such as La Corde A LingeKompotoi and Terrabiom, that are closing biological loops and bring back nutrients to the environment. Besides the support received in business development, the CE Incubator also enabled the projects to increase their visibility off- and online and to showcase their solutions at important industry events such as this year’s two conferences by the Swiss movement for a circular economy, Circular Economy Switzerland.

COMMUNITY EVENTS FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC

Join one of our swiss-wide monthly events that are open for all – for citizens, SMEs, startups, policy makers, and academia. The events aim to raise awareness, inspire, and connect people around the major issues of our century. We are creating a community of people that aspire to drive the circular economy transition in Switzerland forward.

Check out all of our events here in Basel!

BUSINESS LAB FOR CORPORATES & SMEs

Our Business Lab offers a platform to understand and identify circular business potential, explore and optimize value chain and prototype new solutions, products, and services.

AN INCUBATOR FOR PROJECTS & STARTUPS

The Circular Economy Incubator enables individuals and startups to prototype and develop innovative solutions contributing to accelerate the transition towards Circular Economy in Switzerland. During the program, the selected entrepreneurs work on implementing their solutions and validating their business models, with the support from high-level mentors, experts and our network of impact investors. The CE Incubator is part of a pioneer initiative that currently takes place in 4 Swiss cities – Bern, Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich.

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Get all the information on the program on its website cetransition.ch.
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Any questions, ideas or other input? Contact olena.bolger@impacthub.net

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