EIT RawMaterials Circular Economy Award

The EIT RawMaterials Circular Economy Signature Award will recognise the young entrepreneurs who best strive for a more integrated circular economy. The projects will be judged on their innovation and their project’s potential to help transform society.

Award criteria

Part 1: Content & Ideas


Projects that consider the whole value chain and life cycle of a product or service, such as conception, supply and/or manufacture as well as responsible consumption and/or disposal.


We are looking for projects that use design or creative thinking to develop smart solutions in terms of sustainability, especially those which consider resource efficiency or substitution.


The start ups will be judged on how innovative their ideas are. Projects with an ambitious or creative concept will be recognised. Societal or environmental impact is especially valued.


We will consider the market size and whether this project has any competitive advantages.

Part 2: Form & Quality of Presentation


We are looking for dynamic, creative, engaging and effective presentations.



Jury Members

Christina Meskers

Senior manager Open Innovation at Umicore

Prof. Luc Moens

Vice Chairman, Executive Board of EIT RawMaterials

Mario Roccaro

EIT Food, Programme Manager Education

About EIT RawMaterials

EIT RawMaterials, initiated and funded by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology), a body of the European Union, is the largest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. Its vision is to develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe. Its mission is to enable sustainable competitiveness of the European minerals, metals and materials sector along the value chain by driving innovation, education and entrepreneurship.

EIT RawMaterials unites more than 120 core and associate partners and 180+ project partners from leading industry, universities and research institutions from more than 20 EU countries. Partners of EIT RawMaterials are active across the entire raw materials value chain; from exploration, mining and mineral processing to substitution, recycling and circular economy. They collaborate on finding new, innovative solutions to secure the supplies and improve the raw materials sector in Europe.

There are six regional Innovation Hubs in Belgium, Finland, France, Italy, Poland and Sweden, called Co-Location Centres (CLCs) that represent different regional ecosystems connecting industry, research and education.

EIT RawMaterials aims to significantly enhance innovation in the raw materials sector by sharing knowledge, facilitating matchmaking activities, developing innovative technologies and supporting business creation.

EIT RawMaterials will generate a significant impact on European competitiveness and employment by driving and fostering innovation and empowering students, entrepreneurs and education partners driving towards the circular economy. This will result in the introduction of innovative and sustainable products, processes and services, as well as talented people that will deliver increased economic, environmental and social sustainability to the European society.

For more please visit: www.eitrawmaterials.eu