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Supporting and accelerating Kenyan sustainable start-ups

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Yesterday, 26 May 2021, Maria Morais - Circklo’s Co-founder and Chairwoman – had the honour to meet with His Excellency Mr. Manoah Esipisu, ‍High Commissioner of the Republic of Kenya to the United Kingdom.

During this meeting, Ms Morais discussed with His Excellency the vibrant start-up scene in Kenya and, especially, the numerous global opportunities available for the high-tech, digital, and sustainable start-ups of Kenya.

Circklo, as the first digital business configurator in the world sole…

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Four significant opportunities for start-up businesses in 2021

There are many types of start-ups out there: those which create consumer goods and services, those which target large corporations and those which are niche and specialised in digital sustainability.

Vivek Bapat - Senior Vice President, Purpose and Sustainability Marketing, SAP – is one of the mentors of Circklo’s Business Configurator Academy and, in his lecture to our current cohort of start-ups, he offers his advice on the immediate business opportunities that are available to digitally savv…

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The recycling market is worth more than USD 60 billion

By 2025, the recycled plastics global market alone is set to reach a whopping USD 66.9 billion, according to The Recycled Plastic Market: Global Analysis and Trends. If we add to this figure that of the recycled metal market - which is predicted to reach USD $434.55 billion by 2023 – and that of the recycled paper - predicted to reach $5.42 billion in 2024 – then we are looking at a global industry with a value of almost half a trillion USD by 2025.

This is why, in the view of Sandeep Nalgundwa…

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Digital companies will survive and thrive

There is a lot to be said about traditional businesses and business models: part of them will continue to be needed for the production and provision of basic goods and services. Most of them will cease to exist in several years’ time unless they swiftly embrace the digitalisation and optimisation of their customer/client offering.

2020 was a pivotal year in understanding the value and the real return on investment of digital marketplaces, supply chains, services, and products – those companies …

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Monetising electronic waste

A record 53.6 million metric tonnes (Mt) of e-waste – discarded products with a battery or plug such as computers and mobile phones - was reported to be generated worldwide in 2019, according to the findings of the Global E-waste Monitor. Worrying is that the 53.6 million figure above also represents an increase of almost 20% (9.2 million metric tonnes) over the last five years. 

There are incredible opportunities for today’s unconventional and challenger start-ups to try to tackle and monetise…

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Start-ups play a key role in circular economy

When you are the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Senior Vice President (SVP) of one of the oldest and most prolific American companies – Carhartt – you must excel at digitalisation, digital innovation, digital sustainability, and circularity.

This is precisely why Circklo’s Co-founder and Chairwoman – Maria Morais – asked John Hill, Carhartt’s CIO and SVP, Business Planning, to join the outstanding line up of mentors of Circklo’s Business Configurator Academy:

I’ve been working with digit…

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Impact should always drive innovation and disruption

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 e…

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Former SAP Vice President joins Circklo’s Business Configurator Academy

Thomas Vetter PhD, a former Senior Vice President with SAP, is one of the mentors of Circklo’s Business Configurator Academy. With a career spanning almost 30 years in software development, Dr Vetter’s expertise in high tech industries and related platforms/products will be invaluable for the start-ups and SMEs that have signed up to Circklo’s 12-weeks Academy.

Considered by many in the field of IT as one of the most progressive minds of the 21st century, Vetter got his PhD in theoretical physi…

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The start-ups that can change the future are here today

Circklo’s Business Configurator Academy opened its doors to the first cohort of digitally sustainable start-ups at the end of March 2021.

Cirklo received over 100 applications for the March cohort; yet, only ten start-ups demonstrated, during the application process, that they are not afraid to change the status quo of linear business models, to push the boundaries of what is possible and acceptable, and that they understand that science and technology are the foundation of progress and busines…

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Introducing Circklo’s Business Academy Mentors for 2021

18 men and women of different nationalities, backgrounds, colour and religion have been carefully selected to become Circklo’s Business Configurator Academy mentors for 2021. These are joined by five additional business coaches and two venture capitalists. Three of the mentors are also angel investors.

These 18 mentors will be taking Circklo’s Academy start-ups through a fascinating journey into the possibilities and opportunities brought about by pushing the boundaries of conventional business…

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Start-ups are the missing link in making new technologies relevant

Start-ups that are creating a new technology, and can assign that technology a business value, create relevance for that technology that emerges. Without start-ups, the adoption time of any new and upcoming technology would be much longer.

Joerg Koesters, one of Circklo’s Business Configurator Academy mentors and a technology marketing executive with over 20 years of experience, argues that the element of truth in sustainability and sustainable businesses is, in fact, authenticity – consumers c…

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The Editor in Chief of “The Future of Customer Engagement & Experience” joins Circklo’s Business Configurator Academy

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For those working across the (e-)commerce spectrum and value chain, the name Jenn VandeZande is one associated with highly valuable insights, unbiased analysis, and thoughtful dialogue. As the Editor in Chief of “The Future of Customer Engagement & Experience”, there are few thought leadership and industry analysis topics that have not been explored by Vande Zande and her team of SEO and content management experts.

Joining Circklo’s Business Configurator Academy as one of its mentors, VandeZand…

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