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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

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 ...

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

Virtual Trend Tour: Waste Management

Date: 15 Apr 2024 | 5:00 pm
For bgreen leaders

Join us on April 15th as we hear from start-ups on their solutions to tackle our global waste problem.

eXchange Greenwashing

Date: 23 Apr 2024 | 5:00 pm
For bgreen leaders

Stefanie Kuhnhen, Chief Strategy Officer/Managing Partner at Serviceplan Group, will join us for a virtual eXchange on the topic of Greenwashing Communications.

Webinar: Green Leadership Mindset Part I

Date: 25 Apr 2024 | 10:00 am
For bgreen leaders

In the first session of this four part series, participants will learn what they need to drive the sustainability journey in their company and not get lost in the process.

Virtual Trend Tour: Food

Date: 6 May 2024
For bgreen leaders

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Webinar: Circularity & IT

Date: 8 May 2024 | 5:00 pm
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.

bgreen leaders Dinner Munich x IFAT

Date: 15 May 2024
Invite Only

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bgreen leaders x IFAT Munich

Date: 15 May 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!

Webinar: Green Leadership Mindset Part II

Date: 16 May 2024
For bgreen leaders

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eXchange: Investors in the Start-up Ecosystem

Date: 29 May 2024 | 5:00 pm
For bgreen leaders

Join us on May 29th at 5pm CEST for a virtual eXchange with Dennis Kirpensteijn, COO of ZOLLHOF. He will discuss why now is the perfect time to invest into early stage start-up companies.

Webinar: Green Leadership Mindset Part III

Date: 6 Jun 2024
For bgreen leaders

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eXchange: Getting Circular in the Fashion Industry

Date: 13 Jun 2024
For bgreen leaders

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Virtual Trend Tour: Plastics & Packaging

Date: 17 Jun 2024
For bgreen leaders

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Webinar: Green Leadership Mindset Part IV

Date: 27 Jun 2024
For bgreen leaders

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On Tour: Drees & Sommer – Cradle2Cradle in the Built Environment

Date: 27 Jun 2024
For bgreen leaders

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bgreen leaders Dinner Hamburg

Date: 11 Jul 2024
Invite Only

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Virtual Trend Tour: Mobility

Date: 16 Sep 2024
For bgreen leaders

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bgreen leaders Dinner Cologne

Date: 19 Sep 2024
Invite Only

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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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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

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

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.

Partners

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ODDO BHF
DEFACTO
Rödl & Partner

Cooperations

Educational Partner

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