Boosting Employment through Entrepreneurship in Circular Economy

Acronym BeCircular
Priority axis Development and Support of Local Economy
Specific Objective Create employment opportunities for educated graduates by exploiting comparative advantages of the cross-border area, preferably with the use of innovative tools and practices
Call 2nd Call for Project Proposals (Targeted & Restricted)
Start date March 4, 2022
Lead Partner Waste Management of Western Macedonia DIADYMA S.A.
Partners Association for Research & Analysis ZMAI
Cluster of Bioeconomy & Environment of Western Macedonia (CluBE)
GAUSS Institute – Foundation for New Technologies, Innovations and Knowledge Transfer
Budget 581.268,78 €
BECircular converts Circular Economy (CE) /Bio Economy (BE) routes into employment hubs through the development of:
a)  a Repair & Reuse center for specific waste streams involving suppliers,end-users,repair lines&sponsors;
b) a Research & Development  center involving symbiotic networks,bio materials suppliers,end-users&technical personnel to evaluate & deliver business plans;
c) an Entrepreneurship & Creative center to prepare young scientists,artists,technicians&engineers to enter CE&BE.

The expected outputs focus on:
- Coaching campaigns in CBC area-over 300 participants(students,young graduates&entrepreneurs) estimated-at least 50% flow in CE expected (referring to 30%Arts students, 30%BE entrepreneurs & 40%technicians);
- Building capacities actions for at least 50 participants in the coaching sessions to work in centers &/or begin own business on CE&BE;

The relative activities to achieve its outputs are:
- Knowledge transfer seminars fostering CE & business startup for project consortium-at least 10 people
estimated to get trained per each side;
- E-platforms transformation into CE & BE hubs:
- E-learning platform as innovative tool for monitoring the mentoring program,offering online training for startup businesses & structural support to entrepreneurs in building their business idea;
- ‘Living Labs’ ecosystems in a)BE, b)Creative Industries (design on textiles,wooden material,new items) & c)general entrepreneurship (business idea evaluation, necessary capital);
- Business model for the development & execution of a startup company on CE;
- Marketing plan to support the long-term operation of the centers & safeguard their sustainability.


Guide for Young Entrepreneurs: Circular Economy, Bioeconomy, and Business Development
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