Batch #2: Meet The Winners
Final Start-ups
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all startups for their participation!

Deforestation is one of the major causes of climate change 1.000.000 trees are cut for papermaking. 90% of the imported plastic bags and packaging in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are found in nature after their use.

Ecoplus produces biodegradable and recyclable paper bags and packaging from agricultural waste (from banana and sugar cane fibres). The bags are hydrophobic, i.e. they are water and oil resistant and very resistant to mechanical abuse, they can withstand a weight of up to 50 kg.


Tires are not efficiently disposed of and recycled in Latin America.

Since 2018, the Ecuadorian startup Seginus performs the management of used car tires in Ecuador being a reference in several Latin American countries, as well as for other sectors, such as oils and batteries. It represents the first non-profit collective system that articulates the recycling chain of scrap tires and works to ensure that the tire cycle does not end by transforming tires into energy, flooring and materials for craftsmen, among other things. The collective management model developed integrates all the actors of the value chain: importers, producers, managers, traders, consumers, and public institutions, in total more than 2,500 points at national level.

Seginus has developed a web platform that connects all the actors and registers the transactions of all the actors of the value chain from the one who requests the collection to the treatment of the tires. An algorithm has been created to collect and optimize the pickup of tires and their transportation to the treatment supplier where they can be disposed appropriately.

The recovery of tires at the end of their useful life is key to the sustainability of Seginus' business platform. The startup, therefore, is interested in existing initiatives to promote ecological roads made with rubber from used car tires as well as tire destruction systems to obtain raw materials that can be reused in the production of new tires.

Space Era

Space Era has created a prototype of a shelter home for effective quarantining during the COVID-19 pandemic. This prototype serves not only as a safe quarantine shelter but can also be used as a shelter home in flood and earthquake-prone regions too.

In Africa and South Asia as well as other undeveloped countries, there is little room for people suspected of or already having Covid-19 to quarantine without a high probability of infecting others. Space Era, therefore, has developed an intermediate, sustainable shelter space for Covid-19 and other humanitarian emergencies.

Space Era's innovation provides vertical expansion, accounts for Covid-19 social distancing, fire safety and incorporates local sustainable building materials, also re-using upcycled materials.

Our Jury
Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller-Kirschbaum
Chief Scientist, Circular Valley
Dr. Henning Wilts
Leiter Circular Economy, Wuppertal Institut
Jochen Jehmlich
CEO GEFA Bank und Vorsitzender des Kuratoriums der Circular Valley Stiftung