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 ...


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!


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.”


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 ...


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 ...

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 ...


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.


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 ...


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 ...


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

CIRCULAZE Virtual Trend Tour Built Environment

Date: 26 Feb 2024 | 5:00 pm
Free Event

Join us on Monday February 26th, 2024 at 17.00 CET to hear from three start-ups on their circular solutions in built environment.

CIRCULAZE Virtual Trend Tour Fashion & Textiles

Date: 11 Mar 2024 | 5:00 pm
Free Event

On March 11th, we have invited three start-ups to share their circular fashion & textile solutions with us. Register now!


Date: 14 Mar 2024 | 10:00 am
For Partners

On March 14th, we will visit QUANTRON, winner of the Circular Company Award 2023.

Meet our bgreen leaders Ambassadors

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


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



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 sustainable leaders!

Kilian Kaminski



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.

Better Origin



Built Environment


Fashion & Textiles


Plastics & Packaging


Digital Solutions


ICT & Electronics



Ever Dye

Fashion & Textiles


Fashion & Textiles





Infinite Roots



ICT & Electronics

One Five

Plastics & Packaging


Plastics & Packaging


Circular Company


Digital Solutions


Digital Solutions


Built Environment


Built Environment

The Routing Company



ICT & Electronics

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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