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Amsterdam Circular Challenge

Are you a start-up in the circular economy?
Join the challenge for a circular Amsterdam!


Amsterdam is an urban mine for start-ups in the circular economy. There are plenty of opportunities to turn materials, emissions and data into valuable business. If you have a bright innovative idea or solution that meets the challenges of Amsterdam, do apply for this challenge before 1 September!

They select the best six ideas/solutions and invite them to pitch during the Amsterdam Circular Challenge Event on 27 September. The three winners are offered free working facilities, resources, data and access to the network of CleanCapital and Amsterdam: It’s all waiting there for you!

The Challenges

They call for start-ups that will explore the city and her port around the following challenges:

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. Click on the video for more information about this challenge.

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. Click on the video for more information about this challenge.

Challenge 3 – Digital Solutions
Industry & society become 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. Click on the video for more information about this challenge.

Business opportunities in the Amsterdam Urban Mine!

The winners of this 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 your team to align with experts, business representatives or authorities. You will receive mentorship from the Clean Capital network during that period. You will get free samples of feedstock materials or data-sources to validate your technology; and priority access afterwards to implement and scale your business in Amsterdam once proven. Mentors will assist in building regional partnerships and get you access to relevant investors & funding sources.

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.

  1. Read more and apply before 1 September.