Student or young professional and ready for a challenge?

The Circular Challenge offers you the opportunity to join the circular economy. We challenge you to develop a circular business case and a tangible proof of concept within six weeks. During these six weeks you will be guided by circular frontrunners, designers and financial experts. You will work in a small, multidisciplinary team of high potentials and get the opportunity to transform a waste stream into a circular product for one of our participating companies. The most promising teams are guided towards setting up a real start up.

The Circular Challenge takes place in BlueCity, Rotterdam (The Netherlands). BlueCity is a hub for the circular economy located in a former indoor tropical swimming pool.

What's in it for you


During the Circular Challenge you'll be guided by circular pioneers, design thinkers, financial and business experts. In 6 weeks time you can call yourself a circular economy pioneer!


The Circular Challenge offers you a serious network in the circular economy. Not only will you meet people from large organisations (from municipalities to multinationals), you'll also get access to BlueCity's network of sustainable entrepreneurs.

Start up

You’ll be given the opportunity to develop your circular business case in a real life start up. The winning team receives three months of free office and lab space in BlueCity and BlueCity Lab!

Check out the upcoming challenges

Sign up for the Circular Challenge

The next Challenge starts March 2023.
Please note that the Challenges takes place at BlueCity in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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