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The Circular Economy Incubator

The Circular Economy Transition (CET) Incubator enables teams and startups to prototype and develop solutions contributing to accelerate the transition towards Circular Economy in Switzerland (check our Circular Economy in a Nutshell to know more about our CE vision).

During the program, the selected entrepreneurs work on developing their minimum viable product (MVP) and validating their business model, with the support from advisors, experts and our network of impact investors. 

Each edition of the program incubates 25+ startups swiss-wide split among 4 cohorts in Bern, Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich (for specific information about one city, click to be directed to the local program page).


WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?

During 12 weeks, the participants will benefit from several elements of support that will empower them to bootstrap an MVP and validate its market potential with customers. By the end of the program, the entrepreneurs should be able to stop looking at their startup as a side-project and more as their full-time job.

The entire support provided by the CE Incubator accounts for CHF 15.000 per team. The CE Incubator has a zero equity and fees policy. This means you will not be charged anything for your participation in the incubator and the idea you grow stays entirely yours


Timeline

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Main pillars of support

Community & space   Connect with corporates, public institutions, entrepreneurs, creatives and techies, while working from an inspiring space (aka Impact Hub) at the heart of your city.

Community & space

Connect with corporates, public institutions, entrepreneurs, creatives and techies, while working from an inspiring space (aka Impact Hub) at the heart of your city.

Startup support   Have 1:1 mentoring sessions and join workshops delivered by experienced experts in business & circular economy related topics to help you fine-tune your MVP and business model

Startup support

Have 1:1 mentoring sessions and join workshops delivered by experienced experts in business & circular economy related topics to help you fine-tune your MVP and business model

Events & connections   Make meaningful connections and exchange best practices with peer entrepreneurs and circular economy experts at several events, taking place across Switzerland.

Events & connections

Make meaningful connections and exchange best practices with peer entrepreneurs and circular economy experts at several events, taking place across Switzerland.

Swiss-wide visibility   Benefit from local and Swiss-wide exposure throughout the program, through conferences, pitching days as well as mentions on the press, newsletters and social media.

Swiss-wide visibility

Benefit from local and Swiss-wide exposure throughout the program, through conferences, pitching days as well as mentions on the press, newsletters and social media.


Please read the application guidelines before starting your application.


DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS?
Applications for the CE Incubator are open until December 15th, 2019. We are here to help so don’t hesitate to contact us in case you have any questions about the program.

Additionally, the four Impact Hubs are inviting everyone interested in the program to an information event:

Impact Hub Lausanne: November 4th

Impact Hub Bern: November 5th

Impact Hub Zurich: November 6th

Impact Hub Geneva: November 7th


Archive: Look-back at the CE Incubator 2019:

Jury Members 2019

Selected Startups 2019

Mentors & Experts