Engage Participating in New Sustainable Circular Economy Project

Youth Change Makers as Catalysts for a Transition to a Sustainable Circular Economy involves partners from five Nordic countries and it is co-funded by the Nordic Innovation.

The project “CATALY(C)ST: Youth Change Makers as Catalysts for a transition to a Sustainable Circular Economy” involves partners from five Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland) and it is co-funded by the Nordic Innovation. The project aims to bring best practices from the research world, the maker communities, the youth movements and industry into one strong initiative. This will allow unusual partners to join in on one uniform agenda to speed up development of Nordic sustainable CE impact projects.

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The project will apply the collective experience, competencies, research, company & talent network from excellent research and entrepreneurship institutions from five Nordic countries; Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Aalto University Design Factory in Finland and EFLA Consulting Engineers in Iceland. To speed up the transition to a Sustainable Circular Economy, the CATALY(C)ST project brings together four main elements:  

  1. Accelerating Nordic companies’ transition to a sustainable circular economy by engaging students, manufacturing companies to speed up their CE transition by a collaborative approach for CE development projects by activating resources from; a talent-mass of students, world-class researchers and mentor experts, Nordic innovation hubs and organizations. 
  2. Impactful minds of tomorrow for circular economy champions and innovations: Competency and experience building of the youth and the industry champions within existing companies to become change makers. 
  3. Mobilizing a Nordic change community for CE: Alignment within already existing communities to establish a new Nordic youth community.
  4. Industry & research – partnership-based program: Bringing expert knowledge to companies’ CE-development projects.  

With this overall ambition, the project will form 25 industry partnerships, wherein 30 development projects will accelerate companies to transition to a sustainable CE-based business. The project will engage 200-300 students, 50 industry representatives in a series of co-creation activities. CE-capacity building initiatives will involve 100-200 companies and 400-500 students.

Project partners
DTU Skylab (coordinator), Denmark 
DTU Mechanical Engineering, Denmark
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Aalto University Design Factory, Finland
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)/ Engage – Centre for Engaged Education through Entrepreneurship, Norway 
EFLA, Iceland
Learn more about the project

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