Circular cities open call will run from November 2020 to December 2020, and the accelerator from March 2021 to July 2021.

How does it work?

Circular Cities Accelerator Programme with a total budget of €800k will fund 15 SME-led consortia. The highly intensive and innovative 12 weeks-long programme will support very innovative SMEs/Start-Ups in the development and marketing of solutions, products, processes based on circular value chains with focus on key challenges under the Circular Cities domain.
The Circular Cities accelerator programme is divided in 2 phases and a Demo-day Event at the end of the programme (see here).

The 5 best ranked Consortia at DigiCirc Demo-days will receive further funding of €100k to
support LSD of their product/service, and its market launch.


Whats’s in it for SMEs?

● Up to €60k equity free funding per SME/StartUp
● Access to Technology by get in touch with tech partners and access 3 useful digital
tools and data
● Opportunity to build useful European partnerships through Matchmaking activities
● Opportunity to receive a one-on-one Business Coaching support
● Opportunity to receive Thematic Mentoring support provided by industry experts


When does the Accelerator Programme start?

DigiCirc Circular Cities Accelerator Programme will run from April 2021 to July 2021.

Applicants must submit their proposals for one of the following topics/challenges:

#1 Topic/ Challenge: Autonomous Cities

The circular economy applied to the city could lead to autonomous and resilient circular cities by creating loops of resources produced and consumed locally.

#2 Topic/ Challenge: Waste Management

Ensuring that a waste is no longer a waste by minimizing its production and extending the duration of its use (reuse, repair, sale, donation, etc.) and by recycling the raw materials.

#3 Topic/ Challenge: Sustainable Consumption

Whether as a citizen in our private life or as a professional actor during project development, the notion of circularity must be integrated for any act of purchasing.

#4 Topic/ Challenge: Education

The transition to a circular economy must be supported by the education of professionals, children’s, and citizens so that everyone can be an actor of the change.

To answer those challenges, your idea focus on one or more of the following Circular City key sectors:

  1. Buildings & Construction
  2. Plastics
  3. Food
  4. Energy
  5. Water

Make sure to read carefully the open call documentation kit (includes the programme guidelines) before applying.

Interested in joining the digitalization of Circular Cities?