Amsterdam Circular Challenge: For start-ups who want to lead Amsterdam towards a circular economy!

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Date: 2017-07-11

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Amsterdam is an urban mine for start-ups active in the transition to a circular economy, offering a plethora of opportunities to turn materials, emissions and data into valuable products and services.

This challenge is organised by CleanCapital, in cooperation with Climate-KIC and Rockstart. Start-ups with bright ideas about how to use biomass feedstock, CO2 feedstock or big data are very welcome to join this challenge. The start-ups with the 6 best ideas/solutions will get the opportunity to pitch during the Amsterdam Circular Challenge Event on 27 September 2017.

Challenge 1 – Biomass Feedstock
The port of Amsterdam is a hub for urban & inter regional waste streams. We are looking for innovative technologies and processes that turn biomass residues & waste into valuable feedstock. With a business model that can be economical in less than 5 years.


Challenge 2 – CO2 Feedstock
Amsterdam provides carbon dioxide, available from waste incineration & water treatment, at 99,9% purity. We’re interested in technologies that can harvest and convert this to be used for products & industrial processes, or upgrade its purity for potential users. Combinations with hydrogen gas or other fuels are welcome. 


Challenge 3 – Digital Solutions
Industry & society are increasingly data-driven. We’re looking for startups that make use of data, connectivity and smart algorithms as a basis for circular economy products, -services & -infrastructure. By mining existing data from the city operators and big data sources or by implementing sensors, machine learning or artificial intelligence. 

The three winners of the challenge will gain priority access to materials, data sources, mentorship & funding to winning teams. Clean Capital is providing flexible co-working space for 3 months, which allows 2 members of the startup team to align with experts, business representatives or authorities. Startups will receive mentorship from the Clean Capital network during that period and will get free samples of feedstock materials or data-sources to validate their technology; as well as priority access afterwards to implement and scale their business in Amsterdam once proven. Mentors will assist in building regional partnerships and provide access to relevant investors & funding sources.