The program was designed to maximize development and to ensure that talents have all the tools to come up with new and innovative circular solutions. It was a perfect opportunity  to undertake while studying!


This was the official start of the Venlo Circular Challenge! During this inspiring first day at the Océ Headquarters participants got to know the companies, the cases and their team. It was an introduction into the world of circular economy. The company representatives pitched their business cases and explored their case together with the teams. At the end of the day the teams had taken the first steps in creating your circular business idea.

Location: Océ Headquarters

Date: November 4, 2016 from 10.00 to 18.00

Expertise lab

This day was all about testing the first ideas and getting feedback from experts. At Venlo’s hotspot of sustainable innovation, the Blue Innovation Centre, the teams presented their initial circular business idea to the experts in speed dates. This way they got to learn a lot about combining circular and sustainable design with business thinking in a short time! The teams took home valuable new insights and got inspired to get ready for the final!

Location: Blue Innovation Centre

Date: November 25, 2016 from 10.00 to 18.00


In the new and very sustainable city hall, the city of Venlo invited the teams to present their final solution to the companies and the audience. An independent jury consisting of political, scientific and business leaders choose the winning team. Teams tried to convince the jury that their idea could make the most impact. One team went home as the winners of the Venlo Circular Challenge! But even those who didn’t win, got a jump start to their career in sustainability!

Location: City hall, Venlo

Date: December 16, 2016 from 15.00 to 19.30