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Circular Funding Sources

The funders below are dedicated to investing in circular solutions.

Closed Loop Partners

Closed Loop Partners is an investment firm focused on building the circular economy. It offers advisory services, venture capital funds, private equity investment, and project financing.

Tin Shed Ventures

Tin Shed Ventures is Patagonia’s corporate venture capital fund, which invests in environmentally and socially responsible start-up companies. In addition to sustainable materials and technologies that can be applied to the outdoor apparel and equipment supply chain, the fund targets businesses that aim to save water, reduce waste, generate clean energy and embrace regenerative agriculture practices.

Intesa Sanpaolo

This Italian bank has launched a 5 billion Euro credit facility focused on circular economy investments.

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Funding Opportunity
  • Access: Varies
  • Language: English
  • Level: All levels

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Funding Opportunity
  • Access: Varies
  • Language: English
  • Level: Advanced

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Funding Opportunity
  • Access: Varies
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Level: All levels

EIT Raw Materials Start-Up and SME Booster

The EIT RawMaterials “Start-up & SME Booster Program” is one of the EIT RawMaterials funding instruments dedicated to supporting start-ups and SMEs to develop innovative products/services that can produce an impact in the raw materials sector or benefit our partners. Circular Economy & Recycling are two of the key idea areas for the program this year.

H&M Global Change Award

This circular fashion award provides access to a year long innovation accelerator and a share of 1 million Euros.

Impact Database

This database shows impact investors across Europe, and allows searches by country, investor type, and SDG.

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Funding Opportunity
  • Access: Rolling application
  • Language: English
  • Level: Advanced

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Funding Opportunity
  • Access: Annual application
  • Language: English
  • Level: Intermediate-Advanced

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Database/Resource Center
  • Access: Free & Open
  • Language: English
  • Level: All levels

Green Alley Award

A major European start-up prize for circular economy that awards 25,000 Euros each year.

Plastics Solution Award

A philanthropic fund focused on initiatives that catalyze change as close to the source of the plastic problem as possible, and radically collaborative projects to combat plastic waste.

 

Circulate Capital

An investment management firm dedicated to financing innovation, companies, and infrastructure that prevent the flow of plastic waste into the world’s ocean while advancing the circular economy.

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Funding Opportunity
  • Access: Annual application
  • Language: English
  • Level: Intermediate-Advanced

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Funding Opportunity
  • Access: Varies
  • Language: English
  • Level: All levels

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Funding Opportunity
  • Access: Rolling application
  • Language: English
  • Level: Intermediate-Advanced

Tech Founders Accelerator Program

This accelerator program provides 25,000 Euro in funding and the opportunity to work with a large corporate partner. Current partner Aldi is looking for sustainable packaging and product innovations.

Veolia U-Start

Veolia Germany’s U-START program focuses on innovative startups in the fields of circular economy, climate protection and resource efficiency. The program provides up to 100,000 € to test your solution.

 

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Funding Opportunity
  • Access: Application
  • Language: English
  • Level: Intermediate-Advanced

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Funding Opportunity
  • Access: Application
  • Language: English
  • Level: Intermediate-Advanced

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