Promoting green investments: Innovators meet investors at World Circular Economy Forum

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The European Commission is organising a networking event for EU-funded projects and companies at the World Circular Economy Forum in Helsinki on 7 June. The event will feature ten brand-new circular economy projects funded through the EU's Horizon 2020 programme.

Innovators and investors will have the chance to learn about funding and investment opportunities for innovative circular economy projects and solutions in a side event called "Promoting Green Investments: Matchmaking opportunities for SMEs and EU-funded Projects in the Circular Economy".

Pitching and networking sessions will offer small and medium-sized businesses from Asia and Europe the possibility to find new business partners, in particular in the recycling, water, green business, and building and construction sectors.

10 new Horizon 2020 circular economy projects

The event will be the kick-off for ten new circular economy projects funded through Horizon 2020. The EU invests more than EUR 80 million in these innovation actions as part of the EU's Circular Economy Action Plan.

  • FiberEUse: Large scale demonstration of new circular economy value-chains based on the reuse of end-of-life fiber reinforced composites
  • PAPERCHAIN: New market niches for the Pulp and Paper Industry waste based on circular economy approaches
  • Ecobulk: Circular Process for Eco-Designed Bulky Products and Internal Car Parts
  • CIRC-PACK: Towards circular economy in the plastic packaging value chain
  • PlastiCircle: Improvement of the plastic packaging waste chain from a circular economy approach
  • Systemic: Systemic large scale eco-innovation to advance circular economy and mineral recovery from organic waste in Europe
  • PolyCE: Post-Consumer High-tech Recycled Polymers for a Circular Economy
  • ZERO-BRINE: Re-designing the value and supply chain of water and minerals: a circular economy approach for the recovery of resources from saline impaired effluent (brine) generated by process industries
  • Water2Return: Recovery and Recycling of nutrients turning wastewater into added-value products for a circular economy in agriculture
  • RUN4LIFE: Recover and utilization of nutrients for low-impact fertilizer

In addition, the event will feature projects and small businesses which received funding through the EU's LIFE programme, the CIP Eco-innovation programme and the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument.

The event is co-organised by the European Commission's Executive Agency for SMEs and the EU's Switch Asia programme in collaboration with the European Investment Bank, the Finnish Business Angels Network, the Finnish Venture Capital Association and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. 

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