To all start-ups with business concepts for the circular economy
Call for Applications for BATCH #2

The 2nd batch of the Circular Economy Accelerator will take place in Wuppertal from November 2021 till early March 2022.

The application phase for BATCH #2 has started on September 01, 2021 and will end on October 15, 2021.

What we offer to you

  • A truly international, diverse and innovative environment
  • Direct and close contact to our >70 partnering industry companies and academic institutions
  • Tailor-made expert workshops and training modules as well as individual mentoring and coaching for a focused development
  • Peer-to-peer exchange and co-working between start-ups
  • Financial support during the time of presence in Wuppertal
  • Hybrid offers if needed – flexible adaptation to global COVID development
  • Global alumni network in the post-accelerator phase
What we expect from you

A digital application in English until October 15, 2021, 11:59 pm CET.

  • Pitch Deck (maximum 12 pages)
  • Committed cooperation on site

We will select 15 start-ups for BATCH #2 by October 25, 2021.

Subsequently, we will inform the winning teams in order to organize their stay in Wuppertal.

The accelerator program will
  • start in November 2021 with the Kick-off Meeting taking place on November 22, 2021,
  • close with the final DemoDay on March 03, 2022.

There are two ways to participate in the program:

1. Three on-site attendance blocks of two weeks each:
  • November 15-26, 2021
  • January 10-21, 2022
  • February 21 - March 04, 2022
2. Presence on site during the entire program period (incl. Christmas break):
  • November 15, 2021 - March 04, 2022

Book an appointment

'You ask, We answer' until September 30, 2021, each Monday and Thursday, 9-10 am and 6-7 pm CET via zoom video call.

  • September 20, 2021
  • September 23, 2021
  • September 27, 2021
  • September 30, 2021
  • October 04, 2021
Click below to arrange your 15 minute appointment.
Focus themes of BATCH #2
All circular economy business concepts with a significant positive impact on climate and decarbonization
All circular economy innovations with focus on the following topics:
(a) Business models for saving resources (all kind of materials)
(b) Product design for multiple use
(c) Manufacturing processes and technologies for circular solutions
(d) Recycling of car batteries / e-mobility
(e) Recycling of metals
(f) Recycling of plastic
  1. Industrial application
  2. Consumer goods (long-term use)
  3. Consumer goods (short-term use including packaging)
  4. Recycling technologies (increase in efficience, yield and quality)
(g) Recycling of construction materials incl. solutions to re-use existing buildings
(h) Substitution of limited raw materials by bioeconomic solutions
Application deadline is Oct. 15, 2021, 11:59 pm (CET)