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DEADLINE EXTENDED: CIRCULÉIRE’s New Venture Innovation & Mentoring Programme is open and looking for applicants

DEADLINE EXTENDED: CIRCULÉIRE’s New Venture Innovation & Mentoring Programme is open and looking for applicants

Apply by 22nd April 2022 – Funding targets late-stage circular economy ventures and provide €5K in equity-free grant among other benefits.

Updated on 8th April 2022: the deadline to apply to the programme was extended. The new deadline is 5 pm on 22nd April 2022. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Now in its 3rd edition, CIRCULÉIRE’s Circular New Venture Innovation & Mentoring Programme is the first of its’ kind in Ireland targeting late-stage circular ventures seeking to scale. CIRCULÉIRE’s New Venture programme is looking for start-ups and businesses that are revenue-generating and scaling circular solutions. The ventures must be enabling or demonstrating circular economy business models and have a high technology readiness level.

Through the programme, CIRCULÉIRE   helps entrepreneurs to impact Ireland’s consumer behaviour, the economy, and accelerate the national transition to a net-zero carbon circular economy.

“The fund is an important part of our programme of benefits, but we are proud to offer other valuable assets like business coaching and training, mentoring by industry experts and access to CIRCULÉIRE’s wider industry network”, reminds Dr Geraldine Brennan, CIRCULÉIRE’s Lead and IMR’s Head of Circular Economy.

The short application process includes reviewing the  “2022 Call for Late-Stage Circular Ventures” call for applicants document (available here) and filling a short (maximum 6 page) form (click here) with general information, venture description, and references, for example. Applicants must submit their completed application by 5pm on Friday, 22nd April 2022 via circuleire@imr.ie.

Unsure if our Circular New Venture programme is for you?

If you are curious about discovering whether this programme is suitable for your venture, watch our Open Information Session held on 1st April 2022.

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CIRCULÉIRE’s Late Stage Accelerator for Circular Ventures

CIRCULÉIRE is Ireland’s first cross-sectoral industry-led innovation network dedicated to accelerating the net-zero carbon circular economy.

The National Platform for Circular Manufacturing overarching objective between 2020-2022 is to source, test, finance, and scale, circular manufacturing systems, supply chains, and circular business models to deliver significant reductions in both CO2 emissions and waste across over the programmes’ lifespan through the wide range of activities from our Innovation Fund to our Late-Stage Accelerator for Circular Ventures delivered in collaboration with Tangent, Trinity’s Idea Space.

Past Alumni of the Circular Accelerator include Ashleigh Environmental; Avoca Seafood; DACS; IANAV; The ZeroNet; Harley & Marley; IFF Plastics; Niskus Biotec; Sensi and Verifact (see the announcement of 2021 New Venture Cohort).


CIRCULÉIRE is a public-private partnership co-created by Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) and three strategic partners: the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and EIT Climate-KIC. Together with industry partners CIRCULÉIRE aims to assist manufacturers and their supply chains to switch from linear to circular business models.

Read more about CIRCULÉIRE here.

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