THE WINNERS OF THE VIRTUAL FINAL ARE...
It has been an intensive week but we are very happy with the results! We are very happy to announce that 2653 people from 61 countries read about the challenge, of which 1567 cast their vote. The projects with most votes are: Sustainalyze with 171 votes, Paperless with 234 votes and Altepetl with 348 votes. Congratulations!
With the Circular Economy Challenge, we have attracted 16 wonderful ideas with great potential to resolve several sustainability issues of our planet. After individual meetings at VUB, we had a great design thinking Bootcamp at the DigitYser of Euroclear on 4 and 5 March 2020. At the Bootcamp, in addition to the owners of these 16 ideas, we had participants from Euroclear, BNP Paribas Fortis, Close the Gap, VUB, and key-note speakers from Enactus and Zero Gaspi. The design thinking Bootcamp, led by Maria Garcia Salmones and team, created a dynamic for 48 participants. It was a great experience in support of these 16 ideas, but it also led to new ones.
We were looking forward to hosting the final event on 2 April 2020. Unfortunately, we were forced to cancel this final face-to-face event due to COVID-19. Despite the horrible impact of the corona crisis, business models for the circular economy are needed more than ever, and we notice in these hard times that there is no lock-down possible for the creativity of people.
The VUB Chair of Social Entrepreneurship, together with its partners, wanted to stimulate the creativity of students, entrepreneurs and employees to develop innovative solutions for the circular economy. Working together, they can let their passion take shake within several domains of the Circular Economy.
A two-days inspiring bootcamp
Below you will see the stages of development of the circular economy challenge, do not miss the grand finale of the challenge!