London Climate Innovation Challenge – Circular Economy

LWARB partnered with Climate KIC in December 2016 to run a hackathon for circular economy innovation in two sectors: food and the built environment.

Start-ups, SMEs and innovators were invited to a one-day event to work up proposals alongside their peers and industry experts and then pitch them to a Dragon’s Den-style panel. The winning proposal from each sector received a prize of £20,000 to help them develop their solution further.

The event was great: an inspiring forum full of ideas in which lots of entrepreneurs openly shared their experiences and learned from their peers. Everyone had the opportunity to receive advice and support from industry mentors and lots of introductions were made to potential business partners and future customers.

The pitches themselves were sometimes surprising, always innovative, and out of the 12 that battled it out, the winners were:

Food sector:
Entomics, who are using insects to transform food waste into sustainable, renewable resources such as bio-oil and organic fertiliser.

Built environment:
Adaptavate, producing low-carbon bio composite materials that can be grown, composted and used to make buildings energy efficient and healthy.

Check out their exciting circular economy business models here: