C-VoUCHER will fund, up to €60k, SMEs implementing circular economy solutions in their business in order to reshape and redesign linear value chains into circular ones.
During a customized 9-month program, 6 selected SMEs will work with dedicated Designers-in-Residence and top business mentors to create 6 new circularity solutions based on design thinking methodologies and enabling technologies.
C-VoUCHER calls for SMEs implementing circular economy solutions
C-VoUCHER, the EU-funded project adopting the concept of the Circular Economy to transform linear value chains (cradle to waste) towards circular models (cradle to cradle®), has launched the 2nd open call for SMEs willing to participate in its Circularity Programme.
This open call targets classic SMEs active in the following verticals: Agro-Food, Health, Manufacturing, Blue Growth and Textile.
Up to 13 finalists will be selected to pitch their proposals in an onsite event. The 6 best out of those will be invited to join the C-VoUCHER’s acceleration programme and will be stimulated to create innovative circularity solutions (this is new, circular products or services) using enabling technologies (Digital, Hybrid & Engineering) and/or circular economy building blocks to address the challenges identified in the sectors mentioned above.
The Circularity Programme includes tailored and dedicated Designer-in-Residence support (1-on-1 mentoring), vouchers for technology implementation (worth up to €58K), top business mentoring and support to identify further funding opportunities (both public and private).
Currently looking for Circularity SMEs
SMEs interested in designing circular prosperity can apply for the 2nd open call of the Circularity Programme of C-VoUCHER before January 7, 2019 at 17:00 hrs. (CET).
Overall, the project will distribute a total of €4.2m to 66 SMEs through 4 open calls (2 for SMEs to take part in the Circularity Programme and 2 more for adopters). The first open call for SMEs to take part in the Circularity Programme finished in October, 2018 and descriptions of the Circularity Solutions being developed is now available at C-VoUCHER site.
The first Adopter SMEs open call, in which selected SMEs will gain up to €15k to define feasibility plans inspired by the previously created circularity solutions or by the existing building blocks, is now ongoing and another adopters’ call is still expected by summer next year.
The project will 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.
C-VoUCHER consortium comprises of 13 partners with different profiles from 6 different countries (Poland, France, Spain, Denmark, Romania, Sweden): FundingBox Accelerator, BLUMORPHO, NEUCA S.A., Foreningen MADE, Lifestyle and Design Cluster, Green Ship of the Future, FundingBox Communities, Axencia Galega de Innovación (Galician Innovation Agency), Agencja Rozwoju Mazowsza Spolka Akcyjna (Mazovia Development Agency S.A.), Agentia de Dezvoltare Regionala Nord-Vest (Regional Development Agency of Nord-West), SYSTEM@TIC PARIS REGION, Tillväxtverket (Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth), and Vejle Kommune (Vejle Municipalty).