The interest in circular entrepreneurship and circular business models has increased significantly recently, thanks to the successful efforts of both international and Flemish organisations and supported by policy agendas.
However, the transition to a circular business model is complex and affects all aspects of business operations. The search for a concrete circular model takes companies into unknown territory, where without a clear compass and roadmap they risk getting stuck in obstacles such as finding a market, financing decisions, technical challenges, uncertainty about economic and environmental benefits ... The expertise to solve these issues is growing, but is spread across a multitude of actors.
The Expedition Circular! project is the search of four companies (ETAP, HaTwee, Out Of Use and More) for a suitable circular business model, guided by four organisations based on their complementary substantive knowledge and experience in process management: VITO, Start it@KBC, Agoria and Sirris.
The starting point was that a clear process approach, mutual exchange of experiences and access to the substantive expertise of the supervisors could accelerate the transition to a circular model for these four companies.
The insights from this project offer a solid basis for creating a more powerful ecosystem for supporting circular entrepreneurs in Flanders.
Partners Start-it@KBC, Agoria, Sirris, ETAP, HaTwee, Out Of Use, More