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Sustainability

Fight Waste: Patrick vs Ownership

Patrick Hypscher, Co-Founder Green PO & Podcast-Host Circularity.fm, is on a mission to eliminate waste. This month, Patrick takes on ownership. He explores shifting from a mindset of ownership to one of stewardship, which allows us to see the true value of resources, fostering a circular economy that treats these materials as treasures rather than disposables

People

bgreen leaders x IFAT Munich

On Wednesday May 15th, 2024 our first bgreen leaders event at the IFAT Munich took place. Our first trade fair with our principal partner, the Messe München, exceeded our expectations, and, together, we marked a significant milestone by officially launching our cross-industry network. Check out some of our favorite moments of the day!

Knowledge

Kickin’ the But(t)s Volume 2: Circular Fashion

When it comes to ecological transformation, the same objections – the famous “buts” – often recur. In this new column series, we want to give experts a platform to address and dispel these doubts. A “Yes” instead of a “But”, facts instead of fake news. Episode two with Serena Bonomi, Design Strategy & Innovation Advisor for the Circular Economy, takes us to circular fashion, where persistent misconceptions often cloud its transformative potential

Knowledge

bgreen leaders eXchange: Greenwashing

To better understand the Green Claims Directive, we invited Stefanie Kuhnhen, Chief Strategy Officer/Managing Partner at Serviceplan Group and an expert in communications, to join us for a special eXchange to discuss its implications and what it means for companies and consumers

Sustainability

Fight Waste: Patrick vs Ignorance

Patrick Hypscher, Co-Founder Green PO & Podcast-Host Circularity.fm, is on a mission to eliminate waste. In this series, the problem of everyday objects that on surface level appear to be long-lasting, but often break, have expired warranties, and come with hefty repair costs will be examined. This month, Patrick takes on ignorance

People

Sustainability Talks: Highlights from the bgreen leaders Dinner Berlin

Throughout the year, bgreen leaders hosts a series of exclusive innovation dinners held in various German metropolitan regions, featuring high-profile experts discussing relevant topics. These events provide a platform for participants to network, exchange ideas, and build connections in a pleasant and trusting atmosphere. Last week took us to Berlin, where we had an exciting keynote speech by Dr. Florian Kammerer (BMUV)

Knowledge

Kickin’ the But(t)s Volume 1: Electric Mobility

When it comes to ecological transformation, the same objections – the famous “buts” – often recur. In this new column series, we want to give experts a platform to address and dispel these doubts. A “Yes” instead of a “But”, facts instead of fake news. With episode one, we turn to electric mobility as Tilmann Vahle, Director of Sustainable Mobility and Batteries at Systemiq, dispels a few common misconceptions

Business

CIRCULAZE On Tour at QUANTRON

On March 14th, we went On Tour to Quantron, the Circular Company Award Winner 2023. At Quantron we had the chance to see firsthand their unique blend of e-mobility expertise in electric and hydrogen-powered fuel cells

Sustainability

Fight Waste: Patrick vs Baby Stroller

Patrick Hypscher, Co-Founder Green PO & Podcast-Host Circularity.fm, is on a mission to eliminate waste. In this new series, the problem of everyday objects that on surface level appear to be long-lasting, but often break, have expired warranties, and come with hefty repair costs will be examined. This month, Patrick takes on the baby stroller

Start-ups

CIRCULAZE Virtual Trend Tour Fashion & Textiles

In our third Trend Tour of the year, we heard from three start-ups on their circular solutions for fashion & textiles. From sustainable fabric dyeing to digital textile sorting and repurposing of textile waste, check out the full recap here

People

Building Trust, Driving Impact: Collaboration in Sustainable Entrepreneurship

In the bustling atmosphere of the CIRCULAZE Night 2022, where innovators, investors, start-ups, and entrepreneurs came together, start-up Founder & CEO of hey circle Doris Diebold and Angel Investor Robert Hein’s paths first crossed. They became engrossed in a conversation that would shape their future collaboration

People

Sustainability 101: Recommendations from Stefan Nilsson

Currently serving as the Chief Sustainability and Strategy Officer at Foxway Group, Stefan Nilsson is a visionary leader and passionately champions a sustainable ethos in all aspects of living, societal engagement, and business practices. Check out his top recommendations and must reads

Start-ups

CIRCULAZE Virtual Trend Tour Built Environment

On February 26th, we heard from experts and start-ups working in the Built Environment on their solutions for a more circular economy. These are our key takeaways

News

Messe München and CIRCULAZE to Launch the Cross-Industry B2B Sustainability Network “bgreen leaders”

Hot off the press! Together, CIRCULAZE and the Messe München have created THE home for circular leaders with the newly established bgreen leaders’ network

People, Sustainability

Lena Thiede on the Circular Economy and the Need for Collaboration

Lena Thiede, Founding Partner of Planet A, a venture capital fund that invests in European Greentech start-ups, is responsible for scientific impact assessment at Planet A. For Lena, collaboration is key for the circular economy to succeed

News, People

CIRCULAZE Wrapped 2023

2023 has been a busy year at CIRCULAZE, and, as the year comes to a close, we are taking a moment to reflect on all ...

News

CIRCULAZE Summit 2023: Voices of the Students

A unique feature of this year’s summit was the partnership with universities by offering their students free tickets and active engagement.

News

Video: CIRCULAZE Night and Summit 2023

At the CIRCULAZE Night on November 7th, the Top 21 Circular Economy Start-ups of 2023 and the winner of the 8th category “Circular Company” were ...

News

Solutions for a Circular Economy: CIRCULAZE Goes to the ISPO Munich

CIRCULAZE, together with IFAT and more than 50 corporate executives from different industries, attended the ISPO Munich 2023 on November 29th.

News, People

CIRCULAZE Night & Summit 2023: A Pinnacle of Circular Innovation

The CIRCULAZE Night & Summit took place on November 7th & 8th, 2023 at the House of Communication Munich. Check out the recap now!

Sustainability

Torsten Toeller and Folkert Schultz on Protecting Our Environment for Happier Pets and Happier People

German pet food company, Fressnapf’s vision statement: “Happier Pets. Happier People.”

Sustainability

François Laigret on Acting with Future Generations in Mind

François Laigret, Knauf Corporate Sustainability Manager, has years of experience when it comes to energy and contract management and operation and utilities optimization

Sustainability

CIRCULAZE Summer Talk 2023

On July 6th together with ODDO BHF, we hosted an exclusive CIRCULAZE Summer Talk on "Sustainability as a Security Strategy: How Companies are Positioning Themselves ...

Sustainability

Recycling vs. the Circular Economy

The Circular Economy and recycling may both have eliminating waste from the environment in mind, however, the two systems couldn’t be further in approach from each other. Learn why we should stop recycling and embrace the Circular Economy more

Sustainability

CIRCULAZE eXchange: Regulations

The second CIRCULAZE eXchange took place on June 22. We gathered to discuss EU-level regulations with Dr. Claas Oehlmann, Managing Director for the Initiative Circular ...

Sustainability

Xavier Sarras on Changing Earth’s Status Quo

Xavier Sarras believes better business models are needed to change the current predicament we find ourselves in.

People, Sustainability

Tina Dreimann on Driving Towards a Better Value Chain

As a driven impact investor and founder of the angel club better ventures, Tina Dreimann has won over 60 successful entrepreneurs as strong partners and ...

People, Podcasts

CIRCULAZE NOW! with Rosa Riera

Listen to the second episode of CIRCULAZE NOW!, the podcast of the Circular Economy Initiative CIRCULAZE by CURAZE, as co-host Natascha Zeljko, CURAZE, discusses with ...

Podcasts, Sustainability

CIRCULAZE NOW! with Janine Thies

Listen to the first episode of CIRCULAZE NOW!, the podcast of the Circular Economy Initiative CIRCULAZE by CURAZE, as co-host Jan Möllendorf, DEFACTO X, discusses ...

Sustainability

CIRCULAZE on Tour: BMW Recycling- und Demontagezentrum

On April 25th, we went on tour with #CIRCULAZE for the first time! Together with our amazing partners, we are involved in exciting circular economy ...

People, Sustainability

Patrick Hypscher on Five Elements Every Organization Needs to Succeed in the Circular Economy

Patrick Hypscher enjoys building bridges between technology, sustainability, and leadership.

Sustainability

Matthias Schulz on Staying Relevant in an Ever-Changing World

Matthias Schulz joined Otto Krahn Group in 2018 to drive its digitalization initiatives, gradually moving into his current role as Director New Business and Innovation ...

Sustainability

Inside the Construction Industry: The Living Buildings Challenge and the Need to Go Circular

The construction industry is one of the largest contributors to environmental degradation, generating significant amounts of waste, carbon emissions, and other pollutants. By taking a ...

People, Sustainability

9 Circular Economy Pioneers

As the Circular Economy begins to gain widespread support and be seen as the key strategy for addressing some of the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges, we are shining a light on some of the earliest thought leaders to jump on the circular train. Check out these 9 Circular Economy pioneers

Start-ups

The Top 20 CIRCULAZE Circular Economy Start-ups 2022

CIRCULAZE, the Circular Economy Initiative by CURAZE, is proud to introduce you to the first edition of the Top 20 Circular Economy Start-ups.

Sustainability

Prof. Dr. Martin R. Stuchtey on How a Circular Economy will Save the Planet

Establishing a Circular Economy and reversing the climate crisis goes hand in hand. As Founder of Landbanking Group, which aims to change the way we ...

Business, People, Sustainability

Michael Braungart on the Benefits of Cradle to Cradle

Do we need LED lights and flooring? Our CIRCULAZE jury member Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart, Founder and Scientific Director of Braungart EPEA – Internationale Umweltforschung ...

Upcoming Events

Webinar: Green Leadership Mindset Part II

Date: 6 Jun 2024 | 10:00 am
For bgreen leaders

In the second session of this four part series, we will discuss Sustainability is Persuasion – Filling the Argumentation Case for the Board and Canteen

Webinar: Circularity & IT

Date: 13 Jun 2024 | 10:00 am
For bgreen leaders

Join us for an inspiring webinar with Anita Schüttler from neuland on the connection of circularity & IT and what it means to design out waste in the digital realm.

Virtual Trend Tour: Plastics & Packaging

Date: 17 Jun 2024 | 5:00 pm
For bgreen leaders

Join us on June 17th, 2024 at 5pm CEST to learn about innovative start-up solutions to reduce plastics and packaging waste.

eXchange: Getting Circular in the Fashion Industry

Date: 25 Jun 2024 | 5:00 pm
For bgreen leaders

Join us on Tuesday June 25th at 5pm CEST for a virtual eXchange with Serena Bonomi, Design Strategy & Innovation Advisor for the Circular Economy, on Getting Circular in the Fashion Industry.

Webinar: Green Leadership Mindset Part III

Date: 27 Jun 2024 | 10:00 am
For bgreen leaders

In the third session of this four part series, we will discuss Sustainability is Corporate Culture – Understanding Brand Values

Webinar: Green Leadership Mindset Part IV

Date: 11 Jul 2024 | 10:00 am
For bgreen leaders

In the last session of this four part series, we will discuss Sustainability is Attitude – Using the Psychology of Change

bgreen leaders Dinner Hamburg

Date: 11 Jul 2024
Invite Only

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Virtual Trend Tour: Built Environment

Date: 16 Sep 2024 | 5:00 pm
For bgreen leaders

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bgreen leaders Dinner Cologne

Date: 19 Sep 2024
Invite Only

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Virtual Trend Tour: Mobility

Date: 30 Sep 2024
For bgreen leaders

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eXchange: Regulations

Date: 30 Sep 2024
For bgreen leaders

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On Tour: PreZero Recycling

Date: 8 Oct 2024
For bgreen leaders

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eXchange: Circular Design

Date: 10 Oct 2024
For bgreen leaders

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Virtual Trend Tour: Digital Solutions

Date: 14 Oct 2024
For bgreen leaders

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On Tour: Drees & Sommer “Cradle2Cradle in the Built Environment”

Date: 24 Oct 2024 | 10:00 am
For bgreen leaders

Join us in Stuttgart on October 24th for a special behind the scenes look at how Drees & Sommer is approaching circularity. Register via hello@circulaze.com

CIRCULAZE Night & Summit

Date: 5 Nov 2024
Costs: Special Offers & VIP Area for bgreen leaders

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Top 21 Start-ups 2024 & Longlist Release

Date: 7 Nov 2024
For bgreen leaders

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bgreen leaders x electronica

Date: 12 Nov 2024
For bgreen leaders

Join us at the IFAT Munich on May 15th, 2024 for an exciting day of networking, the official bgreen leaders’ launch, and more!

Virtual Trend Tour: Electronics

Date: 25 Nov 2024 | 5:00 pm
For bgreen leaders

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bgreen leaders x ISPO

Date: 3 Dec 2024
For bgreen leaders

Join us at the IFAT Munich on May 15th, 2024 for an exciting day of networking, the official bgreen leaders’ launch, and more!

Virtual Trend Tour: Consumer Goods

Date: 9 Dec 2024
For bgreen leaders

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Meet our bgreen leaders Ambassadors

There’s no circular product in a linear system: we need to break down industries and company’s silos and start redesigning the economy from a collaborative, abundant and systemic view toward a circular future.

Serena Bonomi

Design Strategy & Innovation Advisor for the Circular Economy

Collaboration is key to building a sustainable circular economy. By bringing together a diversity of perspectives, skills, and experiences, we can craft better solutions and jointly foster systemic and enduring change.

Marianne Kuhlmann

Co-Founder & Lead Circularity

I firmly believe in the catalytic effect of collaborative networks in driving forward sustainable practices within the construction industry – and beyond.

Matthias Strauss

Dep. Executive Director - Global Industry Lead - Exhibition Director BAU at Messe München

United for sustainability, we possess the strength to shape a viable world for future generations. Together, we have the power to catalyze change, embracing our shared duty to nurture a resilient world.

Anna Alex

Sustainable Entrepreneur & Investor and Co-founder Nala Earth

Photo Credits: Katja Henschel

As a LinkedIn Top Voice for Sustainability, I welcome the founding of the bgreen leaders network, the cross-industry platform for the circular economy, to jointly develop solutions for a sustainable future.

Prof. Dr. Anabel Ternès von Hattburg

CEO Sustain Plus GmbH, Managing Director Institut für Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement

We need strong partnerships on eye level and the courage to learn hands-on how circular solutions can be realized together.

Andrea Schneller

Co-Founder & CEO

koorvi

Only if we establish a well-connected ecosystem of stakeholders collaborating towards realizing a genuine circular economy and addressing the global challenges in environmental protection and sustainability….only then can we create real impact!

Christian Mani

New Business Development Manager – Circular Economy Expert

As an entrepreneur, leading transformation demands staying ahead – connecting with fellow visionaries fuels the journey.

Torsten Toeller

Founder

Fressnapf

Connecting, exchanging, and supporting each other pushes the joint mission and gives inspiration and power to move further.

Doris Diebold

Co-Founder and CEO

hey circle

I’m committed to creating lasting impact for future generations through our ecosystem, fostering economic, ecological, and social sustainability.

Guido Happe

Managing Director Board Partners

Board Academy I Enkelfähigkeit®-Akademie

Showing new ways of consuming, doing business and shaping the European economy requires bold voices and strategies, which is why I am excited to be a part of this great network of bgreen leaders!

Kilian Kaminski

Founder

refurbed

Driving sustainability needs innovation; innovation needs inspiration – which comes easiest, when we expose ourselves to the ideas of others. So let’s collaborate!

Finja Kütz

Board Member Senior Advisor, Investor

Sharing the learnings of our individual journey makes us faster in achieving a just and profitable sustainable transformation together.

Patrick Hypscher

Co-Founder Green PO & Podcast-Host Circularity.fm

Awarded Startups

Since 2022, CIRCULAZE annually awards the top 21 (2022: top 20) startups in the Circular Economy sector. With a high-profile jury, we scan the international landscape to identify the most promising startups with high potential. From the evaluated longlist, we thoroughly select the top 3 startups per category.

Over the past two years, 270 startups nominated and evaluated by the jury have come together. As members of GoGreen Leaders, startups have the exclusive opportunity to apply for inclusion in the longlist.

AlgiKnit

Fashion & Textiles

Algramo

Consumer Goods

Better Origin

Food

C2CA

Built Environment

Circular IQ

Electronics & Digital Solutions

circular.fashion

Fashion & Textiles

Circulor

Electronics & Digital Solutions

Circunomics

Mobility

Cirplus

Plastics & Packaging

Concular

Built Environment

Cyrkl

Electronics & Digital Solutions

Descycle

Electronics & Digital Solutions

Enzinc

Mobility

Ever Dye

Fashion & Textiles

Faircado

Fashion & Textiles

FreshFlow

Food

hey circle

Plastics & Packaging

Ineratec

Mobility

Infinite Roots

Food

KITRO

Food

koorvi

Electronics & Digital Solutions

Loopcycle

Electronics & Digital Solutions

Madaster

Built Environment

Makersite

Electronics & Digital Solutions

Matter

Plastics & Packaging

Mimbly

Plastics & Packaging

Mr. Green Africa

Plastics & Packaging

mujō

Plastics & Packaging

One Five

Plastics & Packaging

Oxyle

Plastics & Packaging

Quantron

Circular Company

Recycleye

Electronics & Digital Solutions

Refurbed

Electronics & Digital Solutions

Resortecs

Fashion & Textiles

ROSI

Built Environment

Rubi

Fashion & Textiles

Shit2Power

Built Environment

The Hurd Co

Fashion & Textiles

The Routing Company

Mobility

Tozero

Electronics & Digital Solutions

Traceless

Plastics & Packaging

Werewool

Fashion & Textiles

Jury Members 2024

Leonhard Nima

Founder Studio Nima

Christina Schulte

Impact Investor better ventures

Dr. Maria Fay

AI & Sustainability Director SAP

Christian Gonzalez

Investor Planet A Ventures

Larissa Skarke

Climate Tech World Fund

Matthias Schulz

Director New Business & Innovation

Otto Krahn New Business

Janine Thies

BMW Group Recycling and Dismantling Centre Strategy and Communications & Co-Founder pure edge

Patrick Hypscher

ex Head of Blue Movement BSH, Podcast host Circularity fm, Co-Founder & Steward Green PO

Natascha Zeljko

Co-Founder CIRCULAZE

Claus Schuster

Co-Founder CIRCULAZE

The 8 Categories

Principal Partner

As one of the most prominent trade fair organizers globally, Messe München showcases the world of tomorrow across its portfolio of over 80 specialized trade fairs worldwide. Among these are eleven flagship events such as bauma, BAU, IFAT, electronica, and ISPO. Collaborating with its subsidiaries, Messe München hosts trade fairs in China, India, Brazil, South Africa, Turkey, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Thailand, and the USA.

Messe München boasts one of the greenest and most advanced exhibition grounds globally, featuring 200,000 m2 of indoor space across 18 halls and 414,000 m2 of outdoor space, making it one of the largest total areas available.

Since 2024, Messe München has partnered with CIRCULAZE, reflecting its commitment to expanding sustainability initiatives. Through the joint establishment of the cross-industry sustainability network, bgreen leaders, Messe München is dedicated to further enhancing its strategy in this highly relevant field. Leveraging its expertise and extensive network within its core business and the respective focal points of its trade fairs, Messe München serves as an ideal platform to contribute effectively to achieving climate goals across industries. Consequently, it stands as the perfect partner for CIRCULAZE.

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