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The Circular Start Up

Do you have a business idea that could reduce or redefine consumption?

This free 18-month programme supports those who are passionate about creating circular solutions to improve their communities.

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ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

Going circular

Our current system is not sustainable for businesses, people or the planet.

Circular economy is a powerful model of principles and activities that aim to keep the value of resources, materials, components, and products for as long as possible in the economy.

The circular model aims to redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits that build economic, natural, and social capital.

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Mission

The UK is taking a leading role in ‘green enterprise,’ which introduces new opportunities for business development. However, the climate sector has high barriers to entry, with a lack of business support to socioeconomically disadvantaged communities.

The Circular Start Up seeks to address the lack of inclusion in environmental entrepreneurship in London, by helping aspiring entrepreneurs to launch circular economy solutions to waste and consumption. 

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Who we're supporting

It’s our ambition to increase diversity in both the entrepreneurship and climate space. This programme has therefore prioritised applications from a minority ethnic or disadvantaged background, with low or moderate incomes, under-employed and without university degrees.

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Who we're supporting

The Circular Start Up seeks applicants:

✔️ Driven to create circular solutions

✔️ Based in London (ideally Islington, Camden, Tower Hamlets, Newham, or Hackney)

✔️ Aged 18+

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What you receive

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1:1 Mentoring

Learn with professionals and expert workshops to help you succeed.

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Peer Support

Grow with your peers and exchange knowledge to develop your product or service.

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Networking

Access a network of climate-focused organisations and entrepreneurs.

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1:1 Coaching

Receive guidance along your programme journey and ensure your needs are met.

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Workspace

Access an impact-driven coworking space in Central London.

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Confidence

Build individual self-confidence, in business and beyond.

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Community

Drive change and gain community cohesion through circular solutions.

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Resilience

Build entrepreneurial resilience to overcome challenges.

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Timeline

1

Applications open

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Applications open

Optional idea-generation workshops, drop-in clinics and 1:1 calls available to support applicants.

2

Applications close

2

Applications close

Applications are reviewed and those who most closely fit the programme criteria will be accepted.

3

PRE-INCUBATION

3

PRE-INCUBATION

Turn your idea into a business model.

Duration: 3 months

Participants: 50

Time: 3 hours a week aprox.

✔️10 peer-to-peer sessions

✔️ 1:1 coaching sessions

✔️ 7 online business support modules

The stronger business ideas will be selected for the next stage.

4

INCUBATION

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INCUBATION

Test your product or service.

Duration: 6 months

Participants: 30

Time: 3 hours a week aprox.

✔️ 8 business and circular economy workshops

✔️ 8 peer-to-peer sessions

✔️ Expert mentoring and advice

✔️ Business registration support

✔️Hub 30 coworking membership

This stage will conclude with a final pitching event.

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ALUMNI

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ALUMNI

Sell and seek funding.

Duration: 6 months

Participants: 30

Time: 1 hour a week aprox.

✔️ 3 peer-to-peer sessions

✔️ Mentoring

✔️ Networking event

1

Applications open

Optional idea-generation workshops, drop-in clinics and 1:1 calls available to support applicants.

2

Applications close

Applications are reviewed and those who most closely fit the programme criteria will be accepted.

3

PRE-INCUBATION

Turn your idea into a business model.

Duration: 3 months

Participants: 50

Time: 3 hours a week aprox.

✔️10 peer-to-peer sessions

✔️ 1:1 coaching sessions

✔️ 7 online business support modules

The stronger business ideas will be selected for the next stage.

4

INCUBATION

Test your product or service.

Duration: 6 months

Participants: 30

Time: 3 hours a week aprox.

✔️ 8 business and circular economy workshops

✔️ 8 peer-to-peer sessions

✔️ Expert mentoring and advice

✔️ Business registration support

✔️Hub 30 coworking membership

This stage will conclude with a final pitching event.

5

ALUMNI

Sell and seek funding.

Duration: 6 months

Participants: 30

Time: 1 hour a week aprox.

✔️ 3 peer-to-peer sessions

✔️ Mentoring

✔️ Networking event

The Circular Start Up has a zero equity and fees policy. This means there will be no fees associated with your participation in this programme, and your project will remain totally yours.

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Applications closed

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About the programme

Get in touch

Angelica, Senior Programmes Manager

[email protected]

With support from:

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Partner:

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