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WELCOME TO

Circular Urban Challenge

A European competition between startups linked to the field of circular economy in which the best solutions are sought to address specific challenges that affect cities.

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From the city of Logroño, a candidate for being European Green Capital, and from the Ecoembes innovation center TheCircularLab, we look for innovative startups to collaborate with cities like Logroño, which play the role as large laboratories where startups can experiment with their solutions.

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

Innovative and effective solutions to solve urban challenges related to circular economy that are mainly based on new technologies or new business models.

WHAT CHALLENGES DO WE POSE?

WHAT CHALLENGES DO WE POSE?

1. Urban citizen science
and circular economy

1.1 Awareness in waste management and circular economy.

1.2 New models including rewards for citizens.

1.3 Ecodesign and overall information to the citizen.

2. Innovative technologies
for urban waste management

2.1 Innovation in collection and logistics systems (smart labelling, tokenization, traceability, artificial intelligence, sensing, IoE, passport products, circular open data).

2.2 Innovative models for the collection and management of bulky waste in cities.

3. Second life of
recycled materials in cities

3.1 Novel applications and materials for urban use.

3.2 Upgrading as in fashion and other value chains, new second-life business models, resource maps, products as a service, among others.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE

Startups already established with less than 10 years old and located in any European country.

WHAT DO
STARTUPS GET?

Visibility as protagonists of the Pitch & Demo Day.

Possibilities of attracting business, developing projects and accessing acceleration programs on Business Development Day.

Additional prize for the 5 winning startups of € 5,000 for each company.

Recognition and impact in the media at European level.

PHASES OF
THE COMPETITION

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INITIAL APPLICATION
The startups will complete a questionnaire providing valuable information about their organizations and about the solutions they propose in relation to the challenges of the competition.
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SELECTION OF FINALISTS
All applications will be assessed and the 15 finalist startups will be selected through the constitution of a professional and independent jury.
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PITCH & DEMO DAY
The 15 finalist startups will participate in the final event where they will make a pitch. It will be an event open to other actors in the circular economy sector and in which, in addition, highly relevant experts will participate and the 5 winners of the Circular Urban Challenge program will be announced.
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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DAY
The 5 winning startups will have access to an exclusive event where they will hold direct meetings with decision-makers in public administrations, with companies linked to the circular economy sector and with managers of startup acceleration programs.
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EVALUATION
CRITERIA

Maturity

The maturity of the proposed solutions, positively assessing that the solutions of the startup are already in a commercialization phase.

Innovation

The level of innovation used by startups in the development of their products, services or in the deployment of their business models.

Effectiveness

The effectiveness for solving real problems in the urban environment related to the circular economy and framed in one of the 3 challenges set in the competition.

Achievements

Milestones reached by the startups that allow evidence of the positive evolution of their trajectory.

Participate in the first Circular Urban Challenge

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Do not miss it, the deadline to submit applications will remain open only until September 30, 2021.

The registration process is carried out entirely through the F6S platform and startups will only have to fill out a questionnaire with their application.

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Deadline extended, new date for collecting applications is October 28, 2021

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