Amsterdam Circular Challenge

12 Jun 2017

Are you a start-up in the circular economy? Enter the Amsterdam Circular Challenge and accelerate your innovation!

Amsterdam is fast becoming recognised for producing start-ups active in the circular economy space, offering a multitude of opportunities for innovators to turn materials, emissions and data into valuable products. If you think you have an innovative idea or solution that meets the challenges of Amsterdam, apply* for this challenge before 1 September 2017!

The six best ideas/solutions will be invited to pitch during the Amsterdam Circular Challenge Event on 27 September. Three winners will then be offered free working facilities, resources, data and access to CleanCapital Amsterdam’s network.

The Challenges

Our call for ideas is meant for motivated start-ups that will explore the city and its port around the following challenges:

Challenge 1 – Biomass Feedstock
The port of Amsterdam is a hub for urban and inter-regional waste streams. We are looking for innovative technologies and processes that can turn biomass residues and waste into valuable feedstock, with a business model that can be profitable in less than 5 years. Click here for the video message with more information about this challenge.


Challenge 2 – CO2 Feedstock
Amsterdam emits a significant volume of CO2, particularly due to its waste incineration and water treatment facilities, at 99.9% purity. We’re interested in technologies that can harvest and convert this CO2 into a form which can be used for products and industrial processes, or upgrade its purity for potential users. Combinations with hydrogen gas or other fuels are welcome. Click on the video for more information about this challenge. Click here for the video message with more information about this challenge.


Challenge 3 – Digital Solutions
Industry and society are becoming increasingly data-driven. We’re looking for start-ups that can make use of data, connectivity and smart algorithms as a basis for circular economy products, -services and infrastructure. Whether this is done by gathering existing data from the city operators and big data sources, or by installing sensors, machine learning or artificial intelligence; we are open to your unique suggestions! Click on the video for more information about this challenge.

Business opportunities in Amsterdam Start-up Ecosystem!

The winners of this challenge will gain priority access to materials, data sources, mentoring and funding to winning teams. CleanCapital is providing flexible co-working space for three months, which allows two members of your team to collaborate with experts, businesses and the public sector. You will receive mentoring from the CleanCapital network during that period. You will have the opportunity to use free samples of feedstock materials and data-sources to validate your technology; and priority access to implement and scale your business in Amsterdam once proven. Mentors will assist in building regional partnerships and facilitate access to relevant investors and funding sources.

We have all the resources for you to accelerate your business in Amsterdam! So apply* for this challenge!

Amsterdam Circular Challenge Pitch Event – 27 September

Six start-ups will pitch for a jury of experts and directors of CleanCapital. The jury will select the three start-ups that have the best idea / solution for Circular Amsterdam.

Location: Prodock Amsterdam

Click here for more information about this event (website CleanCapital).

* Amsterdam Circular Challenge Participant Terms and Conditions
Click here for the rules and regulations of this challenge. Please read this document carefully, it forms an important part of the submission for the Amsterdam Circular Challenge.
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