Circular Design & Entrepreneurship: the greatest opportunity · TKK Tallinn

On the next 24th and 25th of October we will participating in two events in Tallinn, Estonia.

We are glad to announce that we will be travelling to Estonia, to perform some inspiring talks and a Ecocanvas workshop in Tallinn, on the 24th to 26th of October.

It is a great opportunity for spreading the word about circular entrepreneurship and facilitate a shared vision about solutions.

On 24th event:

Tallinn University of Technology’s Circular Economy Vision Seminar takes a look at the new era economy. We are discussing with industry leaders in the public and business sectors and Universities where money is circular and how business is done. Come and listen to how to sell the green worldview and save the world. The event will end with an engaging and eye-opening panel.

More info [Estonian]:

‍On 25-26th: 

Climathon: Cities.Hacking.Solutions.
Global Climathon Day: 25th October 2019

Climathon is the largest global climate action programme for cities and citizens with a powerful solutions-hackathon at its core – Tallinn joins over 130 cities worldwide in this 24-hour hackathon, where teams compete in developing innovative solutions to their cities’ major climate and sustainability challenges.

We will have international speakers and workshops to guide you through the process, experts as mentors and jury, prototyping possibilities and follow-up programmes/prizes for the best teams and ideas!!

This year’s Climathon Hackathon is all about CIRCULAR ECONOMY, which is aimed at rethinking our current solutions and systems to eliminate waste and focus on the continual use of resources – we need to move away from the current “take, make, waste” model to a circular one of “make, use, return”.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR SOLUTIONS in a wide array of topics – to give you some inspiration we’ll bring out a few problem statements, however there will also be more specific challenges from our partners to be announced:

♻️ How to create revenues from production residues or to avoid them in the first place? How could we remove non-degradable waste from nature and give them a new life? How to improve current waste management systems? (Less than 30% of Estonia’s waste is recycled, 70% of opportunities!)

🌾 What could be the eco-friendlier future materials? How to make better product design so they would last according to their need and be recycled more easily after their use? How to improve reuse, repair, disassembly and durability of products? What are the new service-based business models for under-used items?

📣 How to raise people’s awareness and enable them to make sustainable choices? What could be new public-private initiatives to boost circular thinking? How to apply more public pressure to companies and governments to act more sustainably? How can Tallinn city enable or help these initiatives?

💡 How to use digital solutions and data management to tackle the aforementioned questions? What can be measured, tracked, optimized, made more efficient?

You are more than welcome to join us if you are interested in changing business models more sustainable. It doesn’t matter if you are a professional expert, citizen, student, entrepreneur or innovator. All great ideas will find the spot at Climathon Hackathon.

▩ Kick-start your idea, find additional like-minded people to your team, receive feedback from experts, and get useful connections for the future.
▩ Top 3 will receive 3 months of post-programme mentoring and get the possibility to race in the Climathon Global Awards ceremony.
▩ Possibility for the best ones to join our Climate KIC (run by Cleantech ForEst) accelerator with further mentoring, media coverage, coworking space and 10 000 – 75 000€ in non-equity funding!!!
▩ Worldwide, teams with the most inspiring ideas will have the chance to present themselves at the CHANGE NOW Summit in Paris 2020.
▩ Possibility to pilot your idea with Tallinn City or other partners.

Please fill in our application form (link below)! We can only accept a limited amount of participants, so be sure to bring out your best qualities! It’s free to attend and we’ll be in touch shortly after!

It doesn’t matter if you are coming together with your team or as an individual.

Register as a participant to work on your idea or join a team:

To attend just the first part of speakers register here:

▩ Nicola Cerantola – Trainer, speaker, author, consultant & explorer on Circular Economy flying in for the event!
▩ Kaupo Heinma – Deputy Secretary General at Ministry of Environment of Estonia.
▩ Ann Runnel – CEO of Reverse Resources, a platform for textile industry’s massive waste.
▩ Bjarke Kovshøj – Climate-KIC, Climathon Global City Manager

TBA soon

We are extremely thankful for Ergo Insurance Estonia to sponsor this year’s Climathon and directly support the climate innovation initiatives that can come out of this event! Climate heroes!!

Climate-KIC, Tallinn University of Applied Sciences, Tallinna Linnavalitsus (Tallinn City) Keskkonnaministeerium (Ministry of Environment), Toidupank (Food Bank), Stockholmi Keskkonnainstituudi Tallinna Keskus, SEI Tallinn, EIT – European Institute of Innovation and Technology, Põhjamaade Ministrite Nõukogu esindus Eestis (Nordic Council of Ministers´ Office in Estonia)

Climate-KIC is Europe’s leading climate innovation initiative. It’s a knowledge and innovation community, working towards a prosperous, inclusive, climate-resilient society founded on a circular, zero-carbon economy. Climate-KIC brought the Climathon to life and runs it globally through local organisers.

Cleantech ForEst (Cleantech for Estonia) is an Estonian non-profit that supports and funds early stage green technology startups, advances environmental education and supports energy experts. CfE is Estonia’s local Climathon organiser.

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