To all startups with business concepts for the circular economy
'Giga-Impact'
Call for Applications
Upcoming Batch #4

Batch #4 of the Circular Economy Accelerator is targeting 'Giga-Impact' topics. Material flows that are not measured in "kilo" or "mega-tons", but in billions of tons (giga), e.g., CO2, construction waste or wastewater. Or substances that, if left unchecked, even in small quantities, enter the environment and have a huge, "giga" impact there (e.g., neonicotinoids or microplastic).
About Circular Valley

Circular Valley® was launched by industry, science, politics and society as an international hotspot of the Circular Economy. It is funded by the North-Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Economy to leverage and further develop the unique strengths of the region by trendsetting, innovative Circular Economy concepts, products and business models.
What we offer to you

  • Direct and close contact to our 100+ partners from industry, R&D and government
  • A truly international, diverse and innovative environment
  • Tailor-made expert workshops and training modules as well as individual mentoring and coaching for a focused developmen
  • Peer-to-peer exchange between startups and their networks
  • Global alumni network in the post-accelerator phase
  • Financial support concerning travel, accommodation and business-related expenses during the accelerator program
What we expect from you

Interest to actively engage with our partners, to further develop your business model

  • Participation in our program components and on-site peer-to-peer exchanges at the Circular Economy Accelerator. The time frames please find below.
  • Fluently written and spoken English
Why are we offering this

We can offer this as Circular Valley® is funded by the North-Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Economy to leverage and further develop the unique strengths of the region in developing Circular Economy concepts, products and business models further. We are not requesting equity from you – only your active participation – to your benefit.
What is important - timing

The 4th batch of the Circular Economy Accelerator will take place in Wuppertal, Germany, from early December 2022 until late February 2023.

Application deadline is October 07, 2022.

Additional Interviews, October 18-21, 2022

We will select up to 15 startups for BATCH #4 by November 1st, 2022.

Subsequently, we will inform the winning teams in order to organize their stay in Wuppertal.

The accelerator program will
  • start in December 2022
  • close at the end of February with the final Demoday on February 23, 2023

There are two ways to participate in the program:

1. Two on-site attendance blocks of two weeks each:
  • Kickoff December 2022 (virtual)
  • January 09-21, 2023
  • February 13-25, 2023
2. On-site presence during the entire program : January 9 to February 24, 2023
What will be funded

We cover the costs of participation for two people per startup. This includes

  • Travel to, from and in Wuppertal
  • Visa and administration costs
  • Accommodation
  • Expenses you may incur to further develop your business (e.g. cost for labs, prototypes, business trips…)
  • Per diem rates, Germany serve to co-finance living expenses
Book an appointment

'You ask, We answer' until October 5, 2022, each Monday and Wednesday, 08:00-10:00 am and 04:00-06:00 pm CET via zoom video call.

Click below to arrange your 15 minute appointment.
Focus themes of BATCH #4
Circular Economy Business Models and Technologies with Giga-Impact
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Batch #4 of the Circular Economy Accelerator is targeting "giga-impact" topics.

Material flows that are not measured in "kilo" or "mega-tons", but in billions of tons (giga), e.g., CO2, construction waste or wastewater. Or substances that, if left unchecked, even in small quantities, enter the environment and have a huge, "giga" impact there (e.g., neonicotinoids or microplastic).
Application deadline is October 7, 2022, 11:59 pm (CET).