- 87 applications have been submitted in the verticals of Manufacturing, Agro-Food, Textile, Blue Growth and Health.
- 12 SMEs will be invited to join C-VoUCHER Bootcamp in February 2019 and the 6 best projects will be selected to receive up to €60k in vouchers to create circularity solutions during a 9-month acceleration programme.
- C-VoUCHER is the first pan-European initiative funded under the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission that will distribute a total of €4.2M to SMEs adopting the concept of circular economy in order to reshape and redesign linear value chains into the circular ones.
C-VoUCHER is the first pan-European initiative, funded by the European Commission, adopting the concept of the circular economy to transform linear value chains (cradle to waste) towards circular models (cradle to cradle®). The first call of this initiative has closed with 87 proposals submitted out of a total of 333 started. The vertical attracting the majority of the applications has been Manufacturing (39), followed by Agro-Food (23), Textile (9), Blue Growth (6) and Health (3), plus 7 applications that were combinations of a few domains.
The highest concentration of participants was in France (22), followed by Denmark (11), Spain (9), Sweden (8), Romania (7), Italy (6), United Kingdom (5), The Netherlands (4), Poland (3), Lithuania (2), Ukraine (2), Germany (2), and others (5).
C-VoUCHER aims at boosting the circular economy in Europe by using design thinking methodologies and implementing new technologies. For that, the project will distribute a total of €4.2M to SMEs through 4 open calls for them to create and design circular solutions: new, circular products or services based on innovation and sustainable business models.
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Next steps of C-VoUCHER first open call
The first Circularity Programme Open Call of C-VoUCHER has targeted innovative SMEs willing to participate in the Circularity Program (circular economy acceleration program lasting 9 months), offering the selected SMEs up to €60K in vouchers to create and design circular solutions by using design thinking methodologies and implementing new technologies.
After the close of the call (1st of October 2018 – 30th of November 2018), 12 SMEs out of the 87 applications submitted will be selected to participate in C-VoUCHER Bootcamp in February 2019 in Spain. After the Bootcamp, the 6 best projects will be selected to enter the 9-month acceleration programme.
This programme includes tailored and dedicated Designer-in-Residence support (1-on-1 mentoring), vouchers for technology implementation, top business mentoring and coaching on finding further funding opportunities (both public and private).
SMEs will be stimulated to create innovative circularity solutions using enabling technologies (Digital, Hybrid & Engineering) and will be supported by C-VoUCHER partners linked to the project’s domains: Manufacturing, partnered with MADE; Agro-Food, partnered with Arla; Textile, partnered with Lifestyle and Design Cluster; Health, partnered with Neuca, and Blue Growth, partnered with Green Ship of the future.
The project hopes to leverage a total of €6 million of complementary funding for selected SMEs provided by private and public investors, and a “Circular Design Toolkit for Regions” will be produced to mainstream the methodology in other EU Regions.