...AND THE WINNERS ARE !

CIRCULAR ECONOMY CHALLENGE

IDEAS TO CHANGE THE WORLD

An initiative by the VUB Chair of Social Entrepreneurship and its founding partners, BNP Paribas Fortis, Close the Gap and Euroclear, in cooperation with the VBO-FEB VUB-ULB Chair of Circular Economy.

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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

Timeline

Below you will see the stages of development of the circular economy challenge, do not miss the grand finale of the challenge!

Kick-off 
Event

26/11/2019

600  Participants

5      Keynote speakers

37    Project Presentations

1      Network event

Submission
Process

20/12/2019

20 Number of project submissions

Topics: Big Data, Energy, E-waste, Mobility, Materials

Bootcamp 
DigitYser

4-5/03/2020

48 Participants of an intense Design Thinking and  a Circular Economy Challenge bootcamp. Click here to wacth the video

GRAND
FINALE

01/05/2020

COVID19 won´t stop us!

Therefore, we invite you to vote for the idea that you like the most from 4 May 2020 to 10 May 2020!

Visit the Chair

@ Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Pleinlaan 5,
1050 (Elsene) Brussels

Belgium

Call

M: +32 (0)477/91.71.21

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