It is with great pleasure that we can announce that we have made it onto the Circular Challenge based in Holland. The Circular Challenge is an initiative by Enginn, a springboard organisation operating with the intention to propel innovative sustainable start-ups into the business world. It is based in the Schiphol region of Holland in partnership with Delta Development Group, a progressive International developer pioneering the Cradle to Cradle building concept. The initiative is aimed at facilitating the upscaling of sustainable enterprises and facilitating their role within the circular economy – a closed loop approach to materials and building systems in which resources are used to their maximum potential with the raw components recovered and reused at the end of that particular service life. The notion of the Circular Economy played a pivotal role in the formation of Adaptavate and underpins our core values so we are really excited to be involved in this avant-garde project!
Through the Circular Challenge we have access to ‘The Circular Valley’ – a soon to be hotspot for the circular economy in The Netherlands – where we will be working alongside other likeminded dynamic organisations within the construction industry and with mentors from the business world to further realise our ambitions. Breathaboard will be installed and put to use in The Circular Valley with the help of a grant from the Circular Challenge. We are hoping that testing our circular product alongside other progressive organisations could lead to a step change in the building industry and open further doors to the European market. At the end of the Circular Challenge, the enterprise which shows the greatest potential for scalability will win an additional €50,000 to bring their product to market.
In mid-January, Tom and Alberto attended the first masterclass of the challenge and had the opportunity to meet and ‘speed-date’ the other chosen entrepreneurs as well as our mentor. It was an exciting day and laid the foundations for what is set to be a dynamic fast paced few months in Holland. Day two was participant focused working with our mentor to draw up plans for the challenge and set objectives. This was then presented to the rest of entrepreneurs who gave some very useful feedback and marked the start of the multi-organisational collaboration the Circular Challenge intends to achieve. The comments were fed back into the presentations which were pitched again at the end of the day to the press and other interested parties.
We are elated and very grateful for this opportunity and will be fully utilising the help and culture offered by working with industry professionals and alongside other innovative organisations who are challenging the status-quo to create a more sustainable construction industry. It is great to have a potential launch partner in the shape of the Delta Development Group, and we find it inspiring and enthralling that Enginn and their partners are facilitating the program and taking steps to raise the profile and impact of the Circular Economy. Full speed ahead in Holland!
Going forward the next masterclass focuses on each participant’s plans and ambitions and is more output focused – watch this space!
Please follow the links below to ready more about the Circular Challenge and the parties involved and an article published by, Haarlemmermeer Gemeente, a reginal newspaper in the Municipality of Haarlemmermeer, Holland;