Co-creation and co-innovation for the new fashion and textile industry, the message of CirCoAX by CircularInnoBooster during the European Week for Waste Minimisation

The online event «#CirCoAX30: Circular Projects in Fashion and Textiles» will take place next Friday 25th November from 16:00 to 18:00 CET. The meeting is organised by the consortium members of the European project CirCoAX by CircularInnoBooster, which aims to transform the fashion and textile industry into a circular, green and regenerative one, through an 8 months acceleration program for 30 European consortia made up of SMEs and other entities (CirCoAX30).

This virtual event will take place in the framework of the European Week for Waste Reduction, which aims to encourage all Europeans to carry out awareness-raising actions on the sustainable management of resources and waste from the 19th to the 27th of November. This year the proposed actions, in addition to focusing on the 3Rs, are framed within the main theme of CirCoAX by CircularInnoBooster, the sustainability of the textile sector.

Within the activities developed in the CirCoAX acceleration program, alliances between projects and their link with the EU Strategy for the circularity and sustainability of textile products were promoted, as well as new funding opportunities to make them a reality in the collaborative workshops called Cocreathones. Under this premise, this meeting aims to present these projects that will compete for the «CirCoAX by CircularInnoBooster Startup Europe Awards«. An award promoted by DG CONNECT of the European Commission and implemented by the Finnova Foundation since 2016. The final ceremony of these awards will take place in Brussels on 8 December.

Once again, the European CirCoAX by CircularInnoBooster project will be a loudspeaker of the importance of partnerships and collaborations, sharing the progress of the co-innovative ecosystem developed over the last 8 months in its CirCoAX acceleration program. All those interested in the transformation of the fashion and textile industry are welcome to attend the virtual event to get inspired by innovative ideas.

The meeting will be attended by representatives of the European Commission, partners of the CirCoAX by CircularInnoBooster project, and projects co-created among the CirCoAX30, among others. To attend the virtual event attendees must register here.

About CircularInnoBooster

CircularInnoBooster Fashion and Textile (F&T) is a project funded by the European Union’s Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Programme (COSME).

The CircularInnoBooster project aims to transform companies in the textile and fashion industry into sustainable, circular, and regenerative enterprises. With a duration of 2 years, it has a budget of 1,128,000 euros, 75% co-financed by the European Commission. The project is composed of an international consortium led by the European Institute of Design (IED), together with Texfor, Circulab, Finnova and The Circular Project with HumanNation.

About COSME  

COSME is the Competitiveness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises programme of the European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). 

Through this programme, assistance is provided to SMEs to help them develop their business models, access finance, and internationalise. It also supports public administrations in improving the business environment and facilitating economic growth in the European Union. During the 2014-2020 funding period, this programme earmarked €2.3 billion to support SMEs.

About IED  

Istituto Europeo di Design is an academic institution operating in the field of education, training, and research in the disciplines of design, fashion, visual communication, and management. IED has branches in Spain (Madrid and Barcelona), Italy (Milan, Rome and 5 other cities) and Brazil (São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro). It operates in several EU and COSME countries through partnerships and agreements with institutions, business support organisations, teachers, experts, and mentors. IED is based on a wide network of connections in the F&T (Fashion and Textile) sector. 

About Finnova

Finnova is a foundation working for the promotion and development of innovation and entrepreneurship at EU level. Based in Brussels, it operates through collaborations and partnerships in all EU countries. Finnova’s expertise in leading European project communication and dissemination activities is combined with a strong proven track record in start-ups and business support programmes, such as accelerators, incubators and selection and award ceremonial events. 

About Texfor

Texfor is the textile association of reference in Spain with 400 members. Founded in November 2010 and based in Catalonia, it brings together companies from the entire textile value chain, from yarns to fabrics through accessories, finishing processes, printing, and dyeing for the garment industry, home textiles and technical / industrial applications. Texfor has expertise and experience, having worked in important expert committees at EU level: university and vocational training, financial capacity building, transversal collaboration, promotion of R&D&I, specialised services, and leadership in sustainability with a focus on the circular economy. 

About Circulab

Circulab is a laboratory and business design studio specialising in the development of methodologies, tools, and transformation programmes to help companies develop circular and sustainable business models. Circulab has designed a set of tools to implement the circular economy model in companies. It operates in more than 23 countries, 9 of them in the European Union, supporting projects through more than 60 independent business consultants, applying the circular methodology and tools. 

About The Circular Project with HumanNation TCP (The Circular Project) supports and promotes circular and sustainable fashion in different areas, offering the fashion industry a communication strategy based on a cross-cutting and systemic approach to the circular economy. TCP combines social, ethical, environmental, and economic aspects, and has a strong presence and connections in the world of sustainable fashion. TCP has promoted the Circular Sustainable Fashion Week in Madrid, a unique event of its kind, and acts as the headquarters of the Spanish Association for Sustainability, Innovation and Circularity in the Fashion Industry. TCP is also an ambassador for Sannas (Triple Bottom Line Business Association) and has collaborated with a wide range of Spanish, European and Latin American institutions, and companies.   The Circular Project is working with Human Nation to co-design and develop CirCoAX. HumanNation is a consulting firm specialising in the development of innovation ecosystems and transformative and disruptive companies for the “new economy”. It is based on the fourth economic sector, systems thinking and co-creation. It sensitises organisations and ecosystems to respect planetary boundaries and the social fabric, creating resilient local economies with a global perspective.

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