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Go Circular!

The excellent results of the three previous U-START calls have paved the way for launching the next call on circular economy together with EIT RawMaterials. Startups can apply here from 1 April to 31 May 2019.

The U-START campaign is organised by EIT RawMaterials and Veolia. Together, we aim at developing cooperation with early-stage startups with sustainable business ideas in a circular economy.

Since 2016, U-START has led 12 cooperation with startups, 7 startup calls with up to 5 startups accepted per call.

For this edition, we are focusing on sustainable ideas in the following key topics:

  • Innovative recycling concepts for electronic waste (PCB, Li-ion batteries etc.)
  • Alternative upcycling valorisation routes for secondary products (Recycled paper, glass fibre composites, recycled carbon fibres etc.)
  • New technologies for sorting and recycling composite materials (Mixed plastic products and metal-plastic composites)

Who is eligible

We are looking for entrepreneurs, innovators and companies with a venture at an early stage of its development that can serve as the basis for a viable new business.
Entrepreneurs should be full-time on their venture.

Participants can commit to relocating key staff to the Veolia startup camp in Berlin during the program’s duration.

Five good reasons to join the U-START program

#globalplayer: Team up with the world leader in energy and resource efficiency services for municipalities & industries.

#seedfunding: Benefit from up to € 100 000 to test your solution

#collaboration: Develop your project in a co-creation mode with our experts.

#testing: Test your solution at one of our > 200 industrial sites in Germany.

#scaleup: Deploy your solution on the German market with our commercial teams.

#market: Accelerate access to the global market through Veolia network.

About the application process

1 April – 31 May 2019: Application period
3 June – 14 June 2019: Internal evaluation phase of all applications
Last week of June: First feedback on your application – we will let you know if you are eligible for the next round
Beginning of September: Veolia Startup Village in Hamburg – where selected applicants will pitch their ideas in front of Veolia experts (about ten startups are invited)
After the Startup Village: In case you get chosen (second selection round), you will elaborate a concrete joint innovation project with mentors from Veolia and EIT RawMaterials
Around the end of October 2019: Final pitch in front of top managers from Veolia and EIT RawMaterials – winners will be announced!

We are looking forward to hearing about your ideas!

Apply here!