Amsterdam Circular Challenge Event

News item
05-09-2017
Circular Challenge

Location: PRODOCK
Date: 27 September
Time: 3:00 p.m.

Start-ups that have come up with the ultimate innovative idea for improving the sustainability of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area and the Port have spent the past few months studying three challenges related to biomass, carbon dioxide and big data. During the event on 27 September, the six best start-ups will present their ideas to jury chair Jacqueline Cramer and the management of Port of Amsterdam, Waternet and AEB Amsterdam. These three organisations have teamed up under the name Clean Capital, and in addressing these challenges they seek to boost the circular economy in the Amsterdam Metropolian Area.

Continue reading and sign up for the event on 27 September at the following link: http://www.cleancapital.nl/event/award-event-amsterdam-circular-challenge/.

The Challenges

Amsterdam is an urban mine for start-ups active in the field of Circular Economy, offering a plethora of opportunities to turn materials, emissions and data into valuable business cases. Our call for ideas is meant for motivated start-ups that will explore the city and its port around the following challenges:

Challenge 1 – Biomass Feedstock

The Port of Amsterdam is a hub for urban & interregional waste streams. We are looking for innovative technologies and processes that turn biomass residues & waste into valuable feedstock. With a business model that can be profitable in less than 5 years.

Challenge 2 – CO2 Feedstock

Amsterdam emits CO2, due to its waste incineration & water treatment processes, at 99,9% purity. We’re interested in technologies that can harvest and convert this CO2 into a form which can be used for products & industrial processes, or upgrade its purity for potential users. Combinations with hydrogen gas or other fuels are welcome.

Challenge 3 – Digital Solutions

Industry & society are becoming increasingly data-driven. We’re looking for start-ups that can make use of data, connectivity and smart algorithms as a basis for circular economy products, services & infrastructure. Whether this is done by mining existing data from the city operators and big data sources, or by implementing sensors, machine learning or artificial intelligence; we are open to your unique suggestions!

In mid-September, the six start-ups with the best ideas or solutions will be selected from the entries submitted over the past several months. They will be given the opportunity to present their ideas during the Amsterdam Circular Challenge Event to be held on 27 September.
The three winners will be provided with a free workspace, tools, data, and access to the CleanCapital and Amsterdam networks.

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