circle17 'Matchmaking'

 



 

circle17 Matchmaking

IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO

At the matchmaking, we facilitate cooperations between start-ups and corporates in the field of sustainable innovation.  

Together with our partners, we create an unique setup for building partnerships. Along with inspiring keynotes, pitches and plenty of space for casual networking, the ideas from our Impacthon and other promising start-ups have the opportunity to showcase their business models in pitches and on a marketplace to find potential partners.

To round things up, we present other organizations that can support corporates and spart-ups in building bridges towards a truly sustainable economy.

Participants

Who are we talking to?

Join us at the circle17 matchmaking-event and build bridges towards the SDGs.

BUSINESS

Are you a business and are you eager to meet with change drivers, who could inspire you along your corporate sustainability journey?

STARTUPS

Are you a sustainability-driven start-up with a market-ready innovation you would like to showcase to a large audience of corporates and investors?

ACADEMIC / NGO

Are you an NGO or a researcher fostering the accomplishment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

Impressions from our Matchmaking 2020

What to expect

Many thanks to © Sergio Veros for the video and © Jolly Schwarz for the photos!

circle17 Matchmaking areas 2019/2020

How can you support to transform each of the following systems?

01

Creating sustainable agriculture

How might we create systems that foster the local food supply in novel ways?

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02

Connecting sustainable mobility

How might we connect different modes of mobility and transportation in novel ways?

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03

Transforming urban infrastructure

How might we use urban mining to move towards more sustainable cities?

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Challenge 1 – Many of us are inclined to use unsustainable transport, such as the car to go to work or airplane to a holiday destination, because it is more convenient and perceived cheaper than a sustainable alternative. Many of us are buying online because it is more comfortable and cheaper than going to local stores.

How can we satisfy our desires and be more sustainable at the same time? Many of us want to change – however, more sustainable solutions often tend to be more expensive than sustainable ones due to a lack of true-cost pricing (e.g. flying versus taking the train). To create change, we need solutions that are as comfortable and economic as unsustainable alternatives and are therefore not socially exclusive. If those conditions are fulfilled, change to new practices can be facilitated and people can be motivated to modify their transportation behaviour towards being more sustainable.

Competition between different suppliers of mobility has been one of the main problems hindering the creation of sustainable practices and an ecosystem for cooperation, innovation and joint solutions. To create novel systemic models in the mobility and transportation sector, cooperation between different stakeholders is necessary. Organisations cannot build new innovative solutions alone, hence new collaboration models for joint innovation efforts are needed.

Challenge 2 – Awareness about agricultural production, its effects on the climate and often unfair labour conditions has increased significantly. Sustainable local production could reduce negative consequences of food production. However, local and sustainable production is often small-scale and labour-intensive, thereby making those products more expensive. Additionally, consumers often lack access to locally produced, sustainable products and therefore prefer the easier choice of buying non-regional food.

Enhancing the accessibility of local agricultural products for consumers can be the first step towards the creation of a sustainable agricultural system. How can we create systems that enable both ends of the value chain to change their practices and to understand each other’s needs and challenges?
This enhanced awareness creates a community that cares for each other and creates higher value on both sides.

Challenge 3 – Cities are growing rapidly worldwide and becoming the predominant space to live and work in. The visibility and allocation of resources in urban are essential to secure inclusive and resilient cities. Urban resources can have a physical and an immaterial appearance. They appear as raw materials, e.g. for buildings and infrastructure, for food production, or as once used resources, like vacant buildings. Moreover, they could be talents or innovations that only need to be linked to their practical use.

Many resources are left unused in the urban space or, rather, the incentives to (re)use urban resources are missing. Some are abandoned, some are tried out once and left to be covered by dust (e.g. innovative research projects, prototypes), others lie dormant and have not been seen as a potential resource so far. Too many resources are being wasted, because they have not yet been discovered by the appropriate user. It is often cheaper to demolish, e.g. to tear down existing infrastructure. How can we incentivise the re-use of materials, rather than increasing the input of new primary raw materials and therefore exploiting natural and human resources?

At the Matchmaking we present Startups that emerged from our Impacthon and the following startup development program.