• Circular Economy

    How can we ensure that communities contribute to a circular economy and ensure environmental sustainability through smart circular innovation?

    Low Carbon City

    COLOMBIA - A citizen-led global movement working to tackle climate change in cities

    Business Model: We have developed a portfolio of services tailored to the public, social and private sector. These services include hosting of events and workshops to educate citizens, creative communication campaigns, climate change policies plans for companies and the construction of Low Carbon Neighborhoods along with the public sector.

    Since we started we have developed a network of 42 strategic partners including international organizations, universities, companies, NGOs and the public sector. Our international partners include AFD, CAF (Latin American Development Bank), USAID, Ecocity Builders, Connect4Climate and GAP. Those partners support us with financial and in-kind contributions, and also hire us to develop the aforementioned projects.


    Solution: Citizens are not consider as part of the solution to tackle climate change in their cities. But if they are aware of their contribution to the problem, educated about climate change, and connected with likeminded people it would be possible to have more resilient and livable cities, responding to climate change challenges.

    Low Carbon City is a citizen-led global movement building collective solutions to tackle climate change in cities. We educate citizens using creative, participatory, and artistic tools to enhance climate friendly lifestyles. We connect citizens with experts and champions to exchange knowledge and collaborate, and We co-create and implement solutions within communities for building low carbon and more resilient cities. Through citizen empowerment, communication, mobilization, and co-creation, Low Carbon City's goal is to foster low carbon resilient districts within cities with sustainable modes of transport (walking, cycling and public transport), zero-waste solutions, local markets with climate friendly products and services, community-driven urban orchards and breathable green public spaces.

    Since its creation in December 2015 in Medellin- Colombia, to date, Low Carbon City has mobilized over 24.000 people, it has developed more than 300 activities, workshops, and tactical urbanism, has developed 2 world Low Carbon City Forums with more than 4.000 participants from 48 countries; and it has a global ambassador city network of over 100 cities, promoting bottom up solutions to tackle climate change.


    Impact: The priority of the initiative is the empowerment of citizens, communities and citizen-led initiatives in a multi-stakeholder platform to raise awareness, change behaviors and, take actions, to tackle climate change in their cities. Engaging with the community and sharing knowledge in a multicultural environment through creative and cultural activities like workshops, tactical urbanism, contests and events where citizens participate give opinions and contribute to solutions. Our Platform include all sectors and actors, we promote partnerships with the academic, private and public sector and have international and national experts to share their experiences from a citizen perspective.


    As a result, we have achieved a better coordination and integration between various actors, organizations or institutions; Changes in local, national or regional social, economic and environmental policies and strategies; Improved institutional capacity at the national, sub-national or local levels; Changes to local or national decision-making, including the institutionalization of partnerships; Recognizing and addressing specific opportunities and constraints; Changes in the use and allocation of human, technical and financial resources at the local/national level; Changes in people's attitudes, behavior and in the respective roles of women and men.


    Revenue: $50000


    2018 Goals: We expect as results of our work, a big number of social actors working on the construction on solutions and projects that have a big impact on GHG emission reduction in the long run. We expect to grow our ambassador city program to 500, to develop the Low Carbon City Forum in Paris in September, and to reach 50.000 people through our activities world wide.


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    Founder’s profile: Juliana is co-founder and co-director of Low Carbon City, a citizen-led global movement working to tackle climate change in cities. She has focused her career in international cooperation for the development and sustainability, working, volunteering and leading different social and environmental causes in public, private and academic sector in organizations like UN-Habitat, UNDP, Amnesty International, AIESEC, La Ciudad Verde, among others.


    From an academic perspective, she has been researching about low carbon development and post-2020 climate change governance. She has a BS in finance and international relations Postgraduate studies in political studies, and international cooperation. MA in environmental studies MA in international studies from Korea University. In 2017 she became the first colombian to win the American Echoing Green climate change Fellow.



    - Echoing Green Climate Fellow 2017


    Reinvestment to social business: 100%

    Doing randomised control trials to assess success: No


    INDONESIA - Collaborates local artisan with designer to create product from waste

    Business Model: Kitatimba sells handmade product created by designer and traditional artisan. Using waste as main material, mostly from furniture industry, and fashion industry waste, coffee grind waste, and agricultural waste. We also offer making activity and Do It Yourself workshop for everyone who want to learn new skills guided by the artisan. Platform for artisan, designer, and customer who interested in offering or order custom and personalized products.


    Solution: Problem to solve: Disconnectedness between people in the city, traditional community and rural area, also the nature.

    Solution: Create inclusive economy model that encourage professionals to collaborate with local artisan, farmers, housewives, and disable people, creating community business by making product from waste.

    How does it make impact:
    1. Create strong understanding and connection between communities.
    2. Create fair wealth and resource distribution by engage all aspect in the community.
    3. Give more opportunity, access to information, technology, and knowledge for everyone.


    Impact: We created value added to the waste up to 300% and did a capacity building on management system, financial literacy, and product development. We teach the beneficiaries to optimize social media on marketing and distribution.


    Since 2015, we already had:
    Social impact
    - 128 Designers and youth involved in capacity building.
    - 297 Traditional artisan, housewives, and people with disability involved in production, marketing, and product development.
    - 18 rural communities engaged in hosting our activities.
    - 27 Local government, national, and international. organization being exposed to our mission.


    Economic impact
    - 3 artisan get jobs by engaging in our production activity.
    - 2 designers involved full time in our business.
    - 3 rural communities developed as tourism village.
    - 1,000 kilogram waste transformed into products.
    - 800 products created and sold.


    Revenue: $15,000


    2018 Goals:

    - February 2018 Finish small scale trial on coffee grind products. Finish module development for visual impaired/people with disability.
    - March 2018 Finish technology development and product prototyping for disposable leaves cutlery.
    - April 2018 Exhibition in Hamburg/ Amsterdam
    - May 2018 Replication in West Java
    - June 2018 Q2 target sales achieved
    - July 2018 Collaboration project with Malaysian Government
    - August 2018 Exhibition in Moskow and scaling up in Banjarnegara community.
    - Q 4 2018 Preparation for Europe


    - 2019 Preparation for collaboration with Alexander von Humdolt Foundation/ Robert Bosch Stiftung.
    Core product diversification.
    Replication in eastern Indonesia.

    - 2020 Preparation for Japan/Korea market with ASEAN-Japan Youth.
    Oversea team development.


    Featured on:

    - Deutschland

    - UN Environment

    others found on Indonesian websites.

    Founder’s profile: Awaludin has an engineering background and is very good in analytic, and system thinking. He's experienced in multinational construction company and understand strategic thinking. He also has 4 years of experience in community development and involve with Ashoka foundation, knows ASEAN grassroot and burreaucracy environment, and abled to engage with various stakeholder. He has done 4 researches in product development. He also possesses intermediate carpentry skills.



    - Stanford go2 Market Program by Malaysian GLobal Innovation and Creativity Center 2017, Malaysia, 2017.
    - Global Entrepreneurship Summit, Silicon Valley 2016.
    - Shell Livewire Finalist, Indonesia 2015

    - Scholarship to study about business and startup from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
    - Free admission for Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016
    - Appreciation micro funding from Sell Livewire $250


    Reinvestment to social business: 20%

    Doing randomised control trials to assess success: Yes


    UK - To empower people to mitigate climate change easier, more affordable and with less cost.

    Business Model: Blockchain


    Solution: Design Council UK says that nine out of ten designs are over budget, 50% cost more to run compared to what is being advertised and 43% of income fee comes from new clients. Clearly, we plan buildings in the future and we execute them in the past and because of that, in the EU, we generate 1 billion tons of waste/year in the construction industry in a market size where the transaction value is €162 billion for 503 million inhabitants which spend on average €1250/square meter. That’s way above any person can manage.


    At HOMEPOD we create an early prevention system for waste and energy management. A software which measures sustainability through a blockchain. Each blockchain contains a “calories” label for materials - to prevent and up-cycle construction waste.


    This is an end-to-end solution to measure sustainability - with one click. The system predicts best materials to design on budget and location.


    We connect producers, distributors, recyclers, builders, demolishers, couriers and buyers. Today, small producers can sign-up to source products in Europe.


    Impact: Results are amazing! Estimates show 3% reduction in the waste generated and increases to 20% in the Europe’s digital single market. Today we have 1430 users registered with 100 users being active.


    Revenue: Our turnover since incorporation in July 2017 is €15250.


    2018 Goals: This year, we want to integrate producers of architectural goods and services that are exhibiting at Eco-Build into our system. We will contact producers from Chelsea Harbor and Clerkenwell in London and establish a UK network of producers and distributors. We aim to have at least 200 stores with at least 2000 products. After we will start the integration of Scandinavia, in particular to wood made products.


    Featured on:

    - Powerup

    -Start Up Romania




    Founder’s profile: Andrei Toma worked closely with architects and designers and developed designs for properties in London and abroad. From 2011 to 2014 Andrei worked in UK in various architectural design projects most notable being the London School of Economics New Building in Holborn. During the design process, patterns have been identified where the design cycle can be improved to reduce waste in buildings. The research has been funded by InnovateUK with a 5000€ grant in 2015. After Andrei moved to Romania, incorporated a research and development company (TEKPOD SRL) where further enhanced the research. Since July 2017 with help of friends and family, incorporated H0MEPOD SRL to commercialize the technology and reach the European market.



    - EYIF shortlist for Young Innovator award 2016, Brussels 24 Jan.

    - VERDI – 2nd place in InnoApps for SmartCities

    - Emerging digital solution from WITSA

    - VERDI - 1st place in National competion for PowerUP

    - Accelerated by CLimateKIC


    Reinvestment to social business: 70%

    Doing randomised control trials to assess success: Yes


    UK - Making sustainable living a norm.

    Business Model: Enabling organisations to engage and reward them for living sustainably, via gamified challenges.


    Solution: Sustainability is the challenge of our time. The problem set is broad - climate change, food waste, air quality, drinkable water, energy efficiency, clean oceans. They have a common root cause in the culture of waste and over-consumption that is embedded in society and which fuel our economic model. At the same time, the fastest growing purchasing and employment decision influencer is the green reputation of a business, but businesses struggle to embed purpose in their organisations. Greengame can automatically track people's activities that impact the environment and we enable any organisation to engage and reward them for living sustainably, via gamified challenges.


    We have just entered our commercial pilot phase. These pilots are initially focussed on employee engagement programs and our first customers include a large UK bank, two FMCG retailers, a professional sports team, a city council, a university and a division of the National Health Service (NHS).



    Easy: Our tech can automatically track people’s activities that impact the environment - with no manual entry, whatsoever.


    Inclusive: By creating social, competitive and economic incentives that can appeal to anyone. And by making it in the interest of everyone else - cities, brands, corporates and more - to have a positive impact on the environment and on people’s every-day life.


    Incentivising: By enabling Cities, Brands and any other organization to engage and reward people for living sustainably, through gamified challenges.


    Revenue: We were pre-revenue last year and until two weeks ago.


    2018 Goals: We will focus on commercial pilots for the first half of the year. These are a great way for large organisations to say yes and provide us both with invaluable product feedback and revenue to extend our bootstrapped operation. Our next significant milestone is the launch of a large scale public event in the fall 2018 - The UK Sustainable Cities Tournament - which we're organising with the Future Cities Catapult. This will scale revenue (sponsorship fees), operations (full time hires), as well as institutional and individual users.


    Featured on:

    - Startacus


    Founder’s profile: Cristian Parrino co-founded Greengame with Victor Palau (CTO). Victor and Cristian worked together previously for several years - they created the Ubuntu Phone and broke crowdfunding records with the Ubuntu Edge campaign on Indiegogo. They have complementary skills (Cristian: product & business vision, marketing, business development, fundraising; Victor: product development and engineering), strong trust and a well oiled working dynamic.

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