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The Circulars 2016, the world’s premier circular economy award program, is now open for entries!

The Circulars is an initiative of the Young Global Leaders taskforce supported by the World Economic Forum. Its aim: to promote circular economy practices, ones marked by less dependence on raw materials and energy inputs. Where waste is dramatically reduced or eliminated at every stage of the lifecycle.

Last year’s inaugural event garnered close to 200 entrants from some of the most dynamic circular economy efforts from around the globe. And winners and some finalists were featured in both Fortune and Forbes among other news outlets. We plan to build on the successes from 2015 by increasing our global presence and by generating more exposure and coverage for our finalists. Entries will be accepted online until 30th September 2015 at The Circulars . If you would like to be considered for the People’s Choice Award, you must submit your entry by September 1, 2015.


Entry Categories

Award for Circular Economy Leadership - Award to honor an individual in business or the public sector who has demonstrated inspirational leadership in the journey towards a circular economy.

Award for Circular Economy Multinational -Award for an established organization, with global reach and over $100 million in turnover, demonstrating innovation in its existing business.

Award for Circular Economy Enterprise - Award for a small-to-medium sized organization, with between $10 - 100 million in turnover, transforming its business towards the circular economy.

Award for Circular Economy Entrepreneur - Award for an early-stage organization, with under $10 million in turnover, at the vanguard of the circular economy demonstrating innovation and market disruption. Entrants must demonstrate concrete proof of business model and scale / ability to expand.

Award for Circular Economy Government, Cities & Regions - Award for the city/region, local or national government body/program, public procurement program, or public policy initiative establishing an environment for the circular economy to develop and flourish.

Award for Circular Economy Investor - Award for the investment body providing financial backing for the circular economy to become mainstream. Open to venture capital and private equity firms, sovereign wealth funds, pension plans, investment banks, and other entity or individuals who has invested at least $15 million into circular businesses or businesses which are investing in the circular economy.

Award for Circular Economy Digital Disruptor - Award recognizing an organization or public sector program that is disrupting business as usual by using digital technologies to enable the circular economy.

People’s Choice Award - The entry which receives the most public votes, via polling on the website in Autumn 2015, will be recognized as the People’s Choice winner. Entrants who want to be considered for the People’s Choice Award will be required to check the relevant box on their entry form, and submit their entry by 1st September 2015.


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