The Circular Kickstart Programme

The Circular Hub


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Service description
The Circular Kickstart – EU CHALLENGE is a 6-month acceleration program directed to EIC Accelerator beneficiaries. The Circular Kickstart Programme has 5 building blocks including: a) Circular StartersClass: an online masterclass on circular entrepreneurship, business models, value propositions, value chain architecture and brand positioning.; b) Circular Sprints: intensive workshops (sprints) for groups of max. 10 start-ups in which we implement the tools & methodologies for circular business building.; c) 1-to-1 expertise or coaching: private coaching sessions with experts in several circular business domains. Here we provide tailor-made advice for start-ups to accelerate even faster.; d) Mentorship: we match start-ups with mentors (experienced entrepreneurs) and make sure every start-up has a mentor to tackle specific start-up challenges (building a team, attracting investors, creating partnerships, etc.). e) Circular Start-up community (& events): we bring the community together to network, set up events to attract start-ups in our community, share best practices, etc. Hybrid implementation.
Sector agnostic
Technology Readiness Level
TRL 6 – Technology demonstrated in relevant environment
TRL 7 – System prototype demonstration in operational environment
TRL 8 – System complete and qualified
TRL 9 – Actual system proven in operational environment
Disclaimer related to service

Participation in this programme is granted through a pitch before a commission of circular economy experts looking at the following criteria: sustainable and circular impact, economic feasibility and scalability of the project, and the credibility of the team. This programme is oriented to start-ups and scale-ups (< 5 years with legal personality) ready to start with the development of a prototype, user testing and business development in order to go to market.

Financial requirements

€1990 per beneficiary