The Circular Economy Club (CEC) is the international network of circular economy professionals and organizations. CEC is non-profit, global and open.
As a CEC Startup Hubs Organizer, I manage the circular economy community of Startups and host activities to connect startups working in the field and ensure we share best practices and that startups have the resources needed to embed circularity.
What is the Circular Economy?
About the Presenter: Prof. Wayne Visser
Prof. Dr Wayne Visser holds the Chair in Sustainable Transformation and is Professor of Integrated Value at Antwerp Management School. He is also Fellow of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. His work as a strategy analyst, sustainability advisor, CSR expert, futurist and professional speaker has taken him to 74 countries in the past 30 years and has worked with over 150 clients.
About the Director: Graham Sheldon
Graham Sheldon resides in Southern California USA, where he works as a producer, DP and writer in the television and videogame industries. Throughout his career, Sheldon has produced dozens of documentary projects in Turkey, Croatia, Ukraine, Peru, Cuba, and across the continental United States — including Alaska and the Hawaiian Islands
The Story of Stuff
From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The materials economy is a linear system that is in crisis!
This Techstars startup weekend is not just a taking a circular approach, but a more spherical approach by addressing the local places and opportunities. It is the first event to explicitly combine health + planning + recycling + regenerative agriculture + entrepreneurship into the same event.
Is this important? The regional leader in zero waste is the City of Austin Department of Resource Recovery, which has recently renamed its office of Business Development to The Office of The Circular Economy. The Global Leader in the Circular Economy is The Ellen McArthur Foundation.
Austin's [RE]verse Pitch
Entrepreneurs are used to pitching their business idea to investors, partners, and anyone they might share an elevator ride with. In this competition, the tables will turn. The [Re]Verse Pitch Competition is a social innovation program to help turn valuable raw materials that are currently leaving local businesses, non-profits, and institutions as waste into the raw materials for new or expanding social enterprises.
Competitors work with mentors & advisors to develop repurposing business ideas and compete for Innovation Prizes to help start this new venture. Link to the competition website.
Click here for ARR's link to the Circular Economy videos at the Disruptive Innovation Festival.
Techstars Impact Accelerator
Techstars Impact backs for-profit, mission-driven founders building tech to solve social & environmental problems. The program is based in Austin, an emerging leader in bridging tech & social innovation. The fund is backed by notable LPs Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s AIP Private Markets Team & Impact America Fund. We invest $120k into startups from around the world who believe solving pressing social & environmental problems can sit hand-in-hand with building a successful company.
Disruptive Innovation Festival
Website -- Topics this year include: Circular Economy 101, Cities in Transition, Future of Food, Materials and Design, People in the Economy, Re-imagining Learning, Reinventing Business, Thinking in Systems.
DECEMBER 7, 2018
We're told if the economy is growing, and if we keep producing, that's a good thing. But at what cost? This hour, TED speakers explore circular systems that regenerate and re-use what we already have. Guests include economist Kate Raworth, environmental activist Tristram Stuart, landscape architect Kate Orff, entrepreneur David Katz, and graphic designer Jessi Arrington.
A true Circular Economy calls for a holistic approach. This requires walkable communities and key metrics that include not just economic indicators and materials recovery, but ecological indicators too, especially superior health and wellness of the residents. We need new solutions, systems and relationships among residents, nature, and the missing element -- environmental stewards of such communities.
This Techstars Weekend (Feb 1-3) will bring together a wide range of participants involved in technology, the environment/regenerative agriculture, planning, and health to identify opportunities for local economic development that can be replicated or scalable. This is the first event to integrate themes of health, planning and the circular economy with environmental stewardship. Sponsorship is the first small step in creating the new companies and solutions vital to our future. Download this pdf for more information.
This is Awesome!
A series of videos from The Guardian on the Circular Economy. Click here for the website with the entire series, or click on the video to the left. Just remember that there are several videos in the series.