Innovation is a great accelerator for organizations in the transition to the circular economy. A great source of innovation is the world of startups, where (tech) driven entrepreneurs with fantastic ideas want to improve the world. How do you connect startups with corporates and governments? That is sometimes still a challenge. We have identified more than 250 startups and scale-ups that contribute to one or more goals of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is an open source model, which is never finished and is growing daily. The aim with this ecosystem, is to boost circular innovations in the Netherlands and connect corporates and governments with startups. #acceleratetogether
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And then there is an overview of circular startups and scale-ups per SDG ... but why? In practice, we see that corporates and governments are keen to collaborate with startups and scale-ups because of their innovative strength and agility. It is interesting for startups and scale-ups because these organizations can offer them growth. It is often difficult for organizations to make a choice from the wide range of startups and scale-ups. Subsequently, during the exploration phase, things often go wrong due to various (financial) interests, risk-taking and slow decision-making. That is a shame, because the potential sustainable impact can be enormous.
In addition, we see that the solution of start-up or scale-ups often crosses the chain and therefore requires collaboration with several chain partners. We explain this with the following example: PeelPioneers is a start-up that turns citrus peels into products for the food industry such as dietary fiber, concentrated orange flavor and soap. If a corporate or government wants to work with them, the optimal form is to do this through a chain partner, for example in a circular coalition. The peels of the citrus fruits are collected by a chain partner who provides the catering service, while the soap that is returned as a product by the start-up via the chain partner who provides the cleaning service flows back into the business operations of the corporate. A circular ecosystem through coalition building.
PHI Factory is getting to know the companies in the SDG ecosystem better and better, so that we can perform targeted searches and link them to organizations or add them to circular coalitions that we accomplish with our clients. In this way we can make optimal use of each other's expertise and innovative strength. PHI Factory can then guide and / or coordinate the collaboration and offer assistance in the implementation of the coalition and / or collaboration. In addition, PHI Factory can organize pilots at various levels and use the Impact Calculator to measure their impact in organizations, in order to determine the success and scale up even further. Through the SDG ecosystem, advice can also be given to organizations for sustainable purchasing, with possible expertise on specific SDGs. Through these activities we like to bring the cool solutions of startups and scale-ups into practice.