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We challenge you to come up with a business idea or a prototype that contributes to circular biobased economy. Will you pick up the gauntlet?
It could anything from a new material made out of biomass, a new technology to extract valuable products from biomass residue, to a more efficient production process or services that bring zero-waste future one step closer.
From January until June 2023, with the support of top experts, you will develop your idea into a their idea into a solid business proposition, ready to pitch to the jury and potential investors. Do you want to create positive impact and to get a taste of what it means to be an entrepreneur?Join the Challenge now!
Take up the Challenge, make a difference!
At Wageningen University & Research top scientists and students from all over the world join forces to work on projects that make a difference to the quality of life. As the call for a circular, biobased economy is getting louder and louder we are working on solutions to make a reality. We run applied research programmes, support the transition in private-public partnership projects and offer numerous bio-economy courses. Now we invite you to make change happen with us. Join the ReThink Waste Challenge and make a difference!
1 January 2023
Partners & participants about the Challenge
Gerard Ten Bolscher
“These young and enthusiastic teams motivated us and gave us insights into what drives this generation”
“This Challenge gave us a platform to co-create solutions with industry leaders”
“We found a lot of interesting topics, amazing teams and inspring coaches”
“We really enjoyed sharing knowledge and experience with professionals in the field’”
Team Blue Chitin
“We were amazed by the enthusiasm of the coaches and companies”
“It was an amazing learning opportunity and felt like a first step towards an exciting career”
“Wow, such a network, so much energy, so much motivation”
“I truly enjoyed the discussions”
“All the teams seemed very motivated with their projects. I have been inspired by their ideas”
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The ReThink Waste is organized by Wageningen University & Research with support of a broad network of partners.