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.
EXAMPLES OF CIRCULAR ECONOMY
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.
Learn with professionals and expert workshops to help you succeed.
Grow with your peers and exchange knowledge to develop your product or service.
Access a network of climate-focused organisations and entrepreneurs.
Receive guidance along your programme journey and ensure your needs are met.
Access an impact-driven coworking space in Central London.
Build individual self-confidence, in business and beyond.
Drive change and gain community cohesion through circular solutions.
Build entrepreneurial resilience to overcome challenges.
TIMELINE AND CONTENT
1. PRE-INCUBATION: turn your idea into a business model
Duration: 3 months
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
Duration: 9 months
Time: 3 hours a week approx.
✔️ 8 entrepreneurship and circular economy workshops
✔️ 8 peer-to-peer sessions
✔️ Expert mentoring and advice
✔️ Business registration support
This stage will conclude with a final pitching event.
3. ALUMNI: sell and seek funding
Duration: 6 months
Time: 1 hour a week approx.
✔️ 3 peer-to-peer sessions
✔️ 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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AS A PARTICIPANT
Ready to transform your idea into a circular business? Apply to The Circular Start Up programme.
Deadline: Sunday, 27 March
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