Twenty-seven startups join the Circular Economy incubator


The Swiss-wide initiative Circular Economy Transition and Impact Hub Switzerland announce the 27 Swiss startups that will participate in the upcoming three-month Circular Economy Incubator. The start-ups’ solutions follow the circular economy principles and activities of reuse, repair, resell and refurbish.



Last year, 26 Swiss startups graduated from the first Circular Economy Incubator (CE Incubator) program. This year, a new cohort comprising 27 early-stage startups will join the 2020 program at the Impact Hubs of their respective city – in Bern, Geneva, Lausanne or Zürich. During the next three months, the teams will benefit from one-to-one coaching, workshops, networking sessions, co-working at the Impact Hubs, and access to the Swiss circular startup ecosystem and an expert pool.The selected projects are:Bern ECCO.ECO – online marketplace for upcycled products. Help'n'Trade - digital platform facilitating the exchange of goods and services locally Neustark – turns CO2 into minerals co-kitchen – vegan gastronomy services ResiLi AG – aims to bring a new standard of resources in the food industry TEIL.Style – a rental shop for everyday clothes ECCO.ECO CINE.EQUIPMENT – a marketplace where filmmakers and film production companies can rent and hire film equipment. Zurich Oïoïoï – rental service for high-quality organic baby clothing iCEEP – a digital market place that stimulates and rewards societal circular behaviour. r-5 Fashion circle – a one-stop platform that unites fashion lovers & local businesses into a CE. TicInsect – focuses on the bioconversion of food waste into sustainable proteins for animal feed. Lyfa – online store and delivery service for plastic free groceries. EDAPRO – offers effective and natural plant fortifiers with the help of indigenous microorganisms. Exnaton – Sharing economy to the Energy sector.        Loopi – Strollers as a service. Lausanne CEM – a “Circular Economy Modular” material that will replace concrete Do You Speak Lingerie - a stylish and sustainable lingerie brand – democratize bulk commissions: online ordering; choice of timing; withdrawal! Low Impact Food – Food production “waste” valorisation bioconversion using edible insect and production of local and sustainable source of protein. LesCouchesRebelles – Supply, delivery and cleaning of cloth diapers WePot – an ecological and ancestral irrigation system. It saves up to 70% of water and makes plants autonomous. Geneva ID Watch - Swiss-made watches tailored to your identity sourced from the circular economy. Funghi Framers - Sustainable oyster mushroom cultivation using recycled coffee waste from local Geneva businesses to reduce environmental impact. RemotelyGreen – makes remote connection greener, quicker, cheaper and more inclusive Treasures of nature - Creating and selling organic, vegan, Swiss-made, cruelty-free and zero-waste cosmetics Whering - an app enabling women to see, use and style their existing wardrobe Swishy - online marketplace connecting offers with wishes in the local community. Focus on early-stage projectsFor the second edition, the program will focus on early-stage projects.  Jose Silva, Incubator program lead at Circular Economy Transition, says: “Based on last year’s experiences, this time we focus on enabling startups that are taking their first ‘entrepreneurial steps’ because there is still a need for more bottom-up solutions in order to close the circularity gap. With a validated business model, a strong team, the right contacts, and entrepreneurial skills in their backpack, the CE Incubator startups will be able to thrive and grow their business sustainably after the program.”(Press release/ran)