We are pleased to announce the results of our pilot call in which 7 European SMEs will receive grants to transform their business towards a circular economy. The Up2Circ Pilot Call evaluation process has come to its end and the individual outcome of the evaluation process has been communicated to all applicants.
The pilot call was aimed at SMEs from the project’s partner regions, namely:
- Hamburg Metropolitan Region (DE, TUTECH)
- Estonia (EE, TSP)
- Southern Moravia Region (CZ, JIC)
- Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region (FR, risingSUD)
- Lubelskie Region (PL, LFR)
- Metropolitan City of Turin (IT, CCIAATO)
- Extremadura Region (ES, FUNDECYT-PCTEX)
We received a total of 46 applications (45 were eligible):
– 6 small scale (feasibility study with business plan) for grants of up to €15,000
– 40 large scale (pilot and demonstration activities with validated prototype) for grants of up to EUR 50,000
Here are the selected projects:
|Type of project
|La Vendita Natural SL
|USEALOE – use of the subproducts of aloe vera plantlet, inflorencenses and peel, for their incorporation into the production process
|The project aims to maximise the utilisation of the entire aloe plant produced by the company, significantly increasing the circularity of the business, and effectively responding to the challenge at hand.
|XFUN C-F – XFUN circular feasibility
The project showcases a commitment to the circular economy by proposing a sustainable, modular inflatable boat with electric propulsion. This project integrates circular economy principles into marine vehicle design and includes shared battery usage across marine and urban vehicles, maximising resource utilization and extending product life.
|Double-Up – enhancing efficiency and safety in an innovative thermoforming process to double plastic waste transformation capacity
|The goal of project is to address the environmental and social issues caused by plastic waste by recycling and transforming it into high-value semifinished products.
|Grig Distribuce s.r.o.
|S.P.I.C.E – sustainable protein innovationin circular economy – eco-sausage
The project focuses on sustainable food production, specifically targeting the reduction of the ecological footprint associated with meat consumption. The concept involves incorporating 30% insects into sausages to significantly reduce water and energy usage during production, ultimately leading to a substantial 40-fold reduction in CO2 emissions.
|JG Group sp. z o.o.
|JG vending machine – a project to create vending machines dispensing and receiving used tools from its customers
|The project aims to develop a vending machine system for the distribution and collection of used tools, contributing to the promotion of a circular economy. The core concept revolves around recycling and remanufacturing tools, aligning with Up2Circ’s objectives to minimise waste and reuse rare earth metals, addressing both environmental and economic concerns.
|Siebold/Hamburg Messebau Gmbh
|proCEd – prototyping a zero-emission exhibition stand with circular design
|The project aims to create a zero-emission prototype of trade fair stand aligned with the principles of circular economy by addressing the environmental impact of trade show constructions. The intention is to optimise, redesign, and plan for the post-use life of trade fair construction materials, effectively closing existing material cycles and flows.
|ReLight – revolutionising LED lighting, the practlite 602 to 632 upcycling initiative
|The project aims to promote circular business models in the LED lighting industry by repurposing 75% of materials from old lighting equipment. It also emphasizes customer engagement in sustainability practices and offers a 30% discount for customer participation, setting a precedent in the industry for circularity.
If you are interested in participating in the Up2Circ project and benefiting from support in the form of tailored advisory services and financial support, please contact us.