Who is it for?
The programme is open to anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur in Brussels concerning the environment: students in their final year or those graduating, workers of all statuses, jobseekers, spin-offs, spin-outs, etc.
You have a higher educational qualification or equivalent experience. A legal, economic/management or scientific/technical focus is an advantage.
You have two options:
- You already have a project and want to boost it using the greenlab.brussels programme.
- You don’t have a project and you want to get involved in one of the projects presented by other applicants.
A deposit of €100 per person which will be returned at the end of the programme subject to a minimum 80% attendance rate at sessions.
The sessions take place on Wednesdays 6pm-9pm, some Saturdays 9am-12.30pm and 1 residential weekend.
A panel of professionals from entrepreneurial and environmental sectors selects applicants to participate in the acceleration programme. Projects will be analysed based on the following selection criteria:
- The sustainable and/or circular aspect of the project
- The actual possibility creating the company afterwards
- The development of a Brussels entrepreneurial project with significant growth potential
- The project’s innovative nature with projects including a technical component being preferred
The call for applications for the seventh edition is now open!
Then the candidates will be asked to pitch their project during a selection day that will take place on Saturday 16 December 2017.
The final results will be communicated before the end of the year.
Any remaining questions?
Do not hesitate to contact us by telephone (0032 (0)2/435.10.93) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What is a sustainable project?
Did you know that Brussels is one of the pioneering cities of circular economy? On 18 March 2016, the region adopted an ambitious action plan, the Regional Circular Economy Programme, giving it the means to accelerate its transition to a circular economy. Don’t wait any longer: join the movement and create your sustainable start-up!
Focus on the circular economy concept:
The circular economy aims to redesign the “linear” model (extracting, producing, consuming, discarding) and consider a positive and regenerative alternative at different stages of the business model. How?
- Circular Supplies: replacing our usual resources with renewable supplies (renewable energy, bio-based or fully-recyclable materials). As an example, Permafungi grows its mushrooms in coffee grounds.
- Resource Recovery: recovering useful resources or waste from products or by-products (for the same product or for another product), as demonstrated by the Brussels Beer Project which reuses unsold bread to make delicious beer.
- Product Life Extension: extending the life cycle of the product and its components by repairing them (maintenance or remanufacturing), adding other functions (upcycling) or selling them to a new buyer (re-use).
- Sharing Platforms: increasing the use rate of products by facilitating the shared use, access and/or ownership of the latter. An example of this is Tale Me which hires baby and maternity clothes out thus extending the life of the clothing.
- Product as a Service: selling the use of products while retaining their ownership, such as Cambio, the car sharing service (source: Accenture 2015)