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Startups in the Circular Economy – 25 October 2016, Brussels

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How to boost the European eco-innovation startup scene?

Some of the most radical and promising breakthrough innovations are brought to market by startup companies. This is not any different in the fields of eco-innovation, circular economy (such as cleantech), nature-based solutions etc. The transition towards a green economy thus also depends on the ability of young eco-innovative companies to grow and scale up their activities and to develop a real market for their products and services. As is well known, however, the startup scene in Europe is less dynamic than in other parts of the world. What can we do in Europe in order to create a more startup-friendly environment in which young creative entrepreneurs with “green” business ideas can thrive and turn their ideas into successful businesses?

The special RECREATE workshop on startup companies in the fields of eco-innovation, circular economy and nature-based solutions will discuss this issue and focus in particular on the following aspects:

  • The “landscape” of startup companies in the field of eco-innovation, circular economy and nature-based solutions
  • The challenge of scaling startups in Europe
  • The challenge of creating a funding ecosystem for startups with a long time-to-market
  • The role of cities and regions vs the EU in building innovation ecosystems
  • What education can contribute to cleantech entrepreneurship
  • Framework conditions (regulatory etc.)
  • and issues that you consider relevant given your expertise in the area

The outcomes of the workshop will be used to by the RECREATE project team to formulate policy recommendations to the EU's governing bodies in research, innovation and sustainability. The event will be chaired by Frans Nauta, former Deputy Director Entrepreneurship at the Climate-KIC, now Visiting Scholar at the Berkeley Haas School of Business and founder of, the EU's largest business idea competition for cleantech. Participants of the event will come from public policy and of course from the startup community.

The workshop will start with registration & lunch at 13:00 and finish around 17:00. A more detailed agenda will follow. Please note that the number of participants is limited, quick confirmation and registration is therefore recommended. Travel costs will be reimbursed. The event is organised back-to-back with the Annual RECREATE Stakeholder Event on 26 October (see this link), to which you are also very much invited. Please note that registration for the latter event is separate.

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