BIG GROWTH:
CIRCULAR ECONOMY
INNOVATION PROGRAMME

Starting in May for businesses developing circular economy solutions

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A fully funded programme of support for South London-based businesses and third-sector organisations creating circular economy solutions or looking to implement circular economy principles into their business

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Why take part?

Conversations around Global Warming and Sustainability have become even louder in the last few years. Renting, repairing and recycling are being encouraged more than ever and pressure to find more circular economy solutions is growing.

Guided by London South Bank University (LSBU), this initiative receives funding from the UK government via the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Acknowledging the importance of this sector, the program aims to assist companies in accelerating their technology/product development, tapping into the specialised expertise and facilities at LSBU, and fostering connections within a network of circular economy companies and academics.

LSBU boasts influential and globally renowned research in this field, showcasing a robust history of collaborating with industry to find new work approaches and innovative business models.

What format will it take?

This program provides you with the chance to collaborate with LSBU academics in developing or testing your circular economy product or service. We encourage applications from businesses aiming to establish an evidence base for their product.

The academic collaboration may involve technical support in product/service development or research projects to assess usability, safety, and/or efficacy independently.

Participation in the program includes easy-to-access online webinars, with the opportunity to gain dedicated expertise from one of LSBU’s academic teams to either evaluate an existing product or service or provide expertise to develop a new one.

This presents a unique opportunity to access high-quality expertise on a fully funded basis. The four-month program concludes with a showcase where you can demonstrate your products and services, expand your network, and generate momentum for your business. There is potential for a longer-term collaboration with LSBU.

Who can take part?

This initiative welcomes participation from startups, established businesses, social enterprises, and charities located in the London boroughs of Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Richmond, Southwark, Sutton, and Wandsworth.

The Circular Economy program is designed to assist enterprises in the textile, IT, and data center industries in developing solutions aligned with circular economy principles.

This project is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. Find out more

Register your interest

This programme is not yet open for registration, but you can express your interest today.

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