Circular cities open call will run from November 2020 to 31th of January 2021 at 17:00 CET, and the accelerator from March 2021 to July 2021.

How does it work?

With its first open call, DigiCirc will select a minimum of 15 consortia, composed by at least 2 SMEs/ start-ups, developing innovative solutions addressing the circular cities challenges presented below. SMEs will be given the opportunity to use the DigiCirc Matchmaking Platform to look for other SMEs in case they need a partner to build a consortium.

The selected consortia will get direct funding of up to €20.000 and integrate a highly intensive and innovative 12 weeks-long innovation support programme, divided in two phases, to develop their business plan and adapt their solution for the targeted area (phase 1); and demonstrate their solutions in relevant environment and shape their commercial strategy (phase 2).
At the end of the accelerator programme, 5 consortia will be selected to receive further funding of €100.000. They will have up to 6 months to develop their prototype and make test in operational environment in view of a commercial launch.


What’s in it for SMEs?

● Up to €60k equity free funding per SME/StartUp
Access to 4 digital tools
● One-on-one Business Coaching support
Thematic Mentoring support provided by industry experts


What are the minimum requirements to apply?

● Being a consortium of at least 2 SMEs or start-up (visit the Matchmaking Platform)
● Being based in one of the EU Member States or an H2020 Associated country
● Addressing one of the circular cities challenges (see below)


What is the duration of the programme?

DigiCirc Circular Cities Accelerator Programme (phase 1 and 2) will run from April 2021 to July 2021.
DemoDay will be held in July 2021.
5 consortia selected at the DemoDay will then have up to 6 months, from August 2021 to January 2022, to deliver final outputs.

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?

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