Impact should always drive innovation and disruption

Words by Circklo team in News

Philip Mossop, the Chief Operating Officer of Pentatonic, spent over 20 years of his career investing in and selling sustainable businesses – and we are very privileged to have him as one of Circklo’s Business Configurator Academy mentors and angel investors.

One of the areas of interest for Mossop is plastic: how it can be optimised, repurposed, reused and, in his own words, ‘what the plastic of the future looks like’.

Mossop is renowned for being a straight talker, a great listener, and an exceptionally astute angel investor. His areas of interest perfectly complement Circklo’s other mentors’, and the diverse range of interests of our Academy’s start-ups.

The pandemic is a course correction for many people in terms of the environment because it will fundamentally change the way we view consumption. Our collective approach towards capitalism will also be changing since we can no longer ignore the divide between wealth and poverty, and the role technological and digital innovations can bring to minimise that gap.

I really believe that Circklo’s Business Configurator Academy has the potential to become a centre of excellence for sustainable digital start-ups that seek more than funding and investor support and which, also, seek to consolidate their business for what today we call the digital age,” said Philip Mossop.

Maria Morais, Circklo’s Co-founder and Chairwoman said that “Philip has been involved in sustainable industries for a long time and he has the exceptional ability to assess and support start-ups from a multitude of perspectives, not just financial ones. We are truly privileged to have him as one of our mentors and angel investors.”


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

Circklo is looking to accelerate start-ups for profit and impact in the areas of:

  • Sustainable food and beverage companies;
  • Sustainable fashion companies;
  • Recycling and reuse of resources (i.e., plastic, metals etc.);
  • Non-financial metrics calculators, and track and trace platforms;
  • Financial technology (fintech).

Circklo’s mentors and coaches work intensively with all individual teams for 12 weeks, ensuring these are supported to 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 goal being that of seeking investment funding for their business idea, and/or a way to validate their idea with a real case scenario.

The applications for July 2021 cohort are now open!



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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Pentatonic is a design and technology company that operates in the circular economy space. It designs and creates beautiful consumer products and goods that enable a more sustainable, responsible way of daily life, and that can be recycled numerous times.

Pentatonic works with the most influential brands in the world, to accelerate their circular economy practices.

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