Empowering Europe’s future green leaders
Representatives of the five cities nominated for Green Capital 2020 – Talinn, Budapest, Ghent, Lisbon and Sevilla – have traveled to Nijmegen for the last round of the election, as Nijmegen was Green Capital of Europe in 2018. This has led more than 30 regional companies to start projects that help them develop circular products and services.
From these companies, five cases have been selected that serve as input for the Green Capital Circular Economy (GCCE) exchange. For us, the challenge was to develop and run an international flagship project for the Green Capital year in which new, innovative and circular solutions are developed for these five companies.
After the five cases had been scouted, we recruited 40 students and young professionals from various European cities together with the Dutch embassies. During the GCCE these changemakers followed a program of masterclasses and workshops provided by thought leaders, industry experts, designers and scientists. All around the theme of circular innovation.
Divided into teams of 4, the students and young professionals worked on challenges issued by five local companies, based in Nijmegen. During the Circular Economy congress, their solutions were presented to an international jury. We provided all participants with the knowledge, toolkits and guidance to be able to set up similar programmes in their own city.