While the initial ideas were developed up to 13,000 kilometers apart, Circular Valley® brings all startups together. Young companies from five continents made their way to the Rhine-Ruhr region to refine their ideas and business models and to find potential partners and investors. At the same time, they grow into a close community during the three months here: in respectful feedback on each other's projects and in the program's workshops and activities.
Numerous experts share their experiences with the participants and company visits to Circular Valley® partners are offered during the program.
Moreover, the startups get to know the region, as well as each other through various leisure activities such as hiking or going out. Ideas brought to Circular Valley® by the startups in the third batch include bottles made from paper waste, sanitary pads made from agricultural waste, and building materials made from former shoe soles.