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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 Impact Hub Switzerland, sanu durabilitas and with the support of the MAVA foundation, this initiative contributes to drive the new paradigm for the future of business, policy making and society through 4 main pillars.

Current startups from Basel – edition 2023

We have been producing ice cream from rescued and regional ingredients in Basel since 2021. In this way, we give food a second chance and draw attention to the problem of food waste in an enjoyable way.

a circular meal kit company – we use reusable packaging to provide our customers with healthy, sustainable & delicious recipes.

In the Food Factory, the Basel Food Network demonstrates how regional food consumption works. And creates space, environment and structures for a sustainable food system in Basel.

Wherever something is built there are scraps. This is no different when building furniture in a carpenter’s workshop. We build small and also somewhat larger furniture that have one thing in common: they are built almost exclusively from material scraps that accumulate during furniture production in carpentry workshops.

The Circular Economy Incubator

The Circular Economy Transition (CET) Incubator enables teams and startups to prototype and develop innovative solutions contributing to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy in Switzerland.

During the program, the selected entrepreneurs work on developing their minimum viable product (MVP) and validating their business model, with the support from advisors, experts and our network of impact investors.

Each edition of the program incubates 25+ startups swiss-wide split among 4 cohorts in Bern, Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich.

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.

Our scientifically based hands-on implementation methodology is comprehensive and applicable. We carefully selected outstanding business examples to inspire and educate you and your employees at the inspiring locations of Impact Hub Switzerland.

Get started with a half-day workshop on the basics of circular economy, tailored to your industry and region, followed by an interactive exchange with our experts.

Monthly Events for the public

Join our swiss-wide 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 create a community of people that aspire to drive the circular economy transition in Switzerland forward.

Research & Policy Recommendations

This pillar elaborates recommendations for improving the framework conditions for shifting Switzerland to an innovation leader in Circular Economy, based on the knowledge and experiences resulting from the business innovation activities under this project, as well as up-to-date scientific knowledge.

We, as Impact Hub Basel, are part of the InitiativeGo Circular in Life Science”. The goal is to create engagement of key players in a collaboration platform to practically implement circular economy and share best practices. Are you in your company considering supporting circularity? Are you looking for allies to start
with concrete actions? Join this initiative to meet and exchange with like-minded people from other companies and organizations to begin this journey in collaboration.

Any questions, ideas or other input? Email [email protected] or call +41 76 500 40 53.

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