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

The Circular Start Up is a free 18-month programme supporting those who are passionate about creating circular solutions to improve their communities.

WHAT IS A CIRCULAR ECONOMY?

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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EXAMPLES OF CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Repurpose & Recycle

Giving a second life to products such as using bicycle parts to build low-cost bikes, or updating old laptops to offer affordable technology to schools.

Redistribute

Saving perfectly good products from going in the bin For example, collecting scraps to give to a repair shop, or redistributing surplus food to homeless shelters.

Repair and Maintain

Designing products that last and can be easily repaired, reused or maintained. For example, smartphones that allow users to repair defective parts or upgrade their camera resolution.

Renting Instead of Buying

Leasing and renting products so that the provider is in charge of their maintenance, repair and recycling, while the user still benefits from the product, such as renting tools for home DIY.

Share with Communities

Creating sharing platforms to maximise the value of unused products and services, through initiatives like toy libraries or ride-sharing, to reduce consumption and foster community connections.

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

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. 

WHO SHOULD JOIN?

The Circular Start Up is looking for applicants:

✔️ Driven to create circular solutions

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

✔️ Aged 18+

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

PROGRAMME BENEFITS

skills

1:1 Mentoring

Learn with professionals and expert workshops to help you succeed.

social impact

Peer Support

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

networks

Networking

Access a network of climate-focused organisations and entrepreneurs.

direction

1:1 Coaching

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

workspace

Workspace

Access an impact-driven coworking space in Central London.

confidence

Confidence

Build individual self-confidence, in business and beyond.

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Community

Drive change and gain community cohesion through circular solutions.

resilience

Resilience

Build entrepreneurial resilience to overcome challenges.

TIMELINE AND CONTENT

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1. PRE-INCUBATION: turn your idea into a business model  

hourglassDuration: 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 to be part of the next stage.

2. INCUBATION: test your product or service  

hourglassDuration: 9 months                   

Participants: 30

Time: 3 hours a week approx.

✔️ 8 entrepreneurship 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.

3. ALUMNI: sell and seek funding

hourglassDuration: 6 months                   

Participants: 30

Time: 1 hour a week approx.

✔️ 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.

JOIN THE PROGRAMME

Applications are currently closed for this programme.

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AS A PARTICIPANT

Ready to transform your idea into a circular business? Apply to The Circular Start Up programme.

Deadline: Sunday, 27 March

AS A PARTNER

Want to help sustainable business ideas?

Get in touch to let us know how.

Applying is easy! Get a preview of all the questions here.

TALK TO US

Do you want to know more about the programme? Feel free to get in touch with our team.

Angelica Santodomingo

Senior Programmes Manager

[email protected]

With support from:

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Partner:

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