Prestigious global management leader joins Circklo’s Business Configurator Academy

Words by Circklo team in News

Prof. Vince Pizzoni, joins Circklo’s team of mentors and judges for the inaugural 2021 Spring Business Configurator Academy.

Professor in Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nottingham, Mr Pizzoni coaches MBA, EMBA, Sloan and MSc students at a number of business schools including London Business School, Imperial College, Cambridge University and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

With a professional career spanning over 30 years, in more than 60 countries, Prof. Pizzoni is also a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and Associate Fellow of the Women’s Engineering Society, while he is a non-executive director and trustee of various boards and not-for-profit organisations.

“I am over the moon about being involved with this wonderful venture as it meets my core values and mission in life to inspire, motivate and mentor the next generations. The opportunity to work both with the world’s first business configurator for digital start-ups focused on sustainability and the circular economy, and the force of nature that is Maria Morais is too good to miss!” said Prof Pizzoni.

Maria Morais, Circklo’s Co-founder and the driving force behind the Business Configurator Academy, mentioned that “to have such experienced and respected mentors like Prof Pizzoni joining our Academy is, to me, one more proof that Circklo’s proposition and market positioning is unique: we can do better for all the digital start-ups out there, and help them reach their true potential.”

Circklo's Configurator Academy is a fixed term, mentorship-driven programme dedicated to start ups aiming to succeed in sustainable digital innovation.

We are looking to accelerate starts ups for profit and impact in the areas of:

  • Non-financial metrics calculators and track and trace platforms;
  • Sustainable Food and Beverage companies;
  • Sustainable Fashion companies;
  • Recycling and reuse of resources (i.e., plastic, metals etc.);
  • Financial technology (Fintech)

We work intensively with individual teams for 12 weeks, ensuring we help them create a refined business plan. Each 12-week cycle culminates in a Dragons' Guild Day, when the teams which have attended the programme will be presenting their business plan to a carefully selected, invite-only audience of investors and industry experts, the ultimate goal being that of seeking investment funding for their business idea, and/or a way to validate their idea with a real case scenario.


Set up in London in 2020, Circklo created the first Business Configurator in the world specialised in digital start-ups for the circular economy.

Circklo’s main expertise is in developing seed stage start-ups in the sustainability area.

Circklo offers start-ups both the opportunity to raise capital and accelerate their business and, also, to configure their business in such a way that purpose and profit can successfully coexist and complement each other in the 21st century digital world, fully using and embracing the principles of circular economy.

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