Re-Start – Reinforcing the circular economy model for START-ups

Re-Start – Reinforcing the circular economy model for START-ups
Project number: 2021-1-CY01-KA220-HED-000032155
Implementation period: 01.01.2022 – 31.12.2023
Assistance program: Erasmus+

Project description

Based on the EU new Circular Economy Action Plan (2020), in the past decade, millions of tones of European waste has been exported to non-EU countries, often without sufficient consideration of proper waste treatment. In many cases, waste exports result both in negative environmental and health impacts in the countries of destination, and in loss of
resources and economic opportunities for the recycling industry in the EU. This approach facilitates the linear model which is exhausting our planet and polluting the environment. Thus, the horizontal priority of the RE-START project is to support students in HEIs in acquiring and developing essential skills and key competences in order to adopt an environmental- friendly approach in their attempt to develop a start-up.
This project consists of the transition to a sustainable economic system is an indispensable part of the new EU industrial strategy. RE-START project encourages and guides students in HEIs to develop a circular start-up or transform their business idea into a circular one following the definition of the circular start-ups which characterizes them as business models based on implementing at least one of the Circular Economy (CE) strategies: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover and Regenerate.’’RE-START aims to develop a circular start-up training programme that enhances the entrepreneurial mindset considering circular economy principles and competences of HEIs students, provides them with real-life examples of successful circular entrepreneurs, and encourages them to support and commercialise their circular start-up.

Target groups:

  • Students
  • Academics
  • Trainers and entrepreneurs

Project results:

  • PR1- Development of the Circular Business Plan Toolkit
  • PR2- Development of the e-training programme
  • PR3- Preparation of a guidebook for trainers and academics
  • PR4- Industry cooperations

Partners:

GRANTXPERT CONSULTING LIMITED – Cyprus

Danmar Computers – Poland

FUNDACION EMPRESA UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE DE LA COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA – Spain

I.D.E.A. – INNOVATE DEVELOP EXCEL ACCOMPLISH LIMITED – Cyprus

HELLENIC OPEN UNIVERSITY – Greece

UNIVERSIDADE DA BEIRA INTERIOR – Portugal

Innovation Hive – Greece

Project website: TBA

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.