The Call aims to select, reward and accelerate business projects focused on developing innovative technologies, solutions and services with a low environmental and social impact in 5 Key Focus Areas of the Circular Economy: Circular Bioeconomy; Circular Water Economy; Circular Energy Economy; New Circular Life Cycles; Circular City & Land. The initiative supports the national and EU post-Covid recovery policies promoting the transition process towards a more environmentally and socially sustainable economy.
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The linear economic paradigm “take-make-dispose” is based on the unfounded assumption of unlimited availability of resources. The initiatives that aim to support efficiency can delay the crisis of this economic model but are not enough to fix issues related to the lack of resources and environmental, economic and social impacts due to the reckless exploitation of natural resources.
The necessary transition towards to a new circular economic paradigm, based on cycles closure, waste elimination and the exclusive use of renewable energy sources, renewable raw materials and secondary raw materials, places us before unprecedented technological and social challenges, involving significant changes related to production processes and the radical rethinking of consumption and business models.
Europe is at the forefront of this global transition towards a circular and low-carbon economy, which is considered a key element of the new EU industrial strategy, to make European production system more sustainable and competitive, and generate new jobs. In this direction, last March the European Commission adopted a new Action Plan for the Circular Economy, which represent one of the key blocks of the European Green Deal, the agenda for sustainable growth that redesigns EU commitment on climate and environment for the next thirty years.
This long-term strategic trend has met, after the COVID-19 pandemic, the extraordinary recovery measures adopted through the EU's long-term budget and the Next Generation EU initiative, which represent for Italy and Europe an unrepeatable opportunity to relaunch investments and implement important reforms, within the wider framework of the transition process towards a more environmentally and socially sustainable economy.
The Call for Projects aims to select, reward and support business projects focused on developing innovative technologies, solutions and services with a low environmental and social impact in the following Key Focus Areas of the Circular Economy:
- Circular Bioeconomy - Enhancement of agro-food waste and new models of sustainable and regenerative agriculture;
- Circular Water Economy - Treatment and valorisation of wastewater and smart water and wastewater management systems;
- Circular Energy Economy - Energy transition, smart energy management systems, and sustainable and circular materials management models in the energy supply chain;
- New Circular Life Cycles - Circular and sustainable solutions, technologies and processes in the plastics and WEEE supply chains management;
- Circular City & Land -New integrated and circular approaches and models for the sustainable development of cities and rural/inland areas.
For each Key Focus Areas, the Call proposes several broad Challenges and a number of more delimited Challenges, identified in relation to the specific interests and innovation needs of the Corporate Partners supporting the initiative.
The minimum level of TRL required for the eligibility of projects is 4.
Each proposer must fill the appropriate Registration Form, available on the Marzotto Venture Accelerator website, accessible at the bottom of this page clicking on button “Create your solution” which will redirect you to the Call website.
In the section "Description of the Project", the following main points can be illustrated:
- Company Idea
- Key People
- Business Strategy
- Market & Positioning
- Key Financials
- Technology Roadmap & Business Upside.
It will be also compulsory to attach a pitch that develops the different points listed for the section "Description of the Project".
It is the proposer’s faculty to attach:
- a Business Plan
- any additional documentation considered useful to draw and strengthen the proposal (for example, patents, technical annexes describing the technology and its intellectual property).
Explain your proposal clearly in Italian or English.
The Challenges proposed for the 5 KEY FOCUS AREAS intercept many targets and related sub-targets of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations for the Agenda 2030:
- SDG 2: Zero Hunger
- SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
- SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
- SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
- SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
- SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
- SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
- SDG 13: Climate Action