The Municipality of Rotterdam aims to reduce its CO2 emissions and adopt a more circular economy. Therefore, we are looking for solutions that can impact the waste streams of residents in Rotterdam throughout all stages of the value chain; production, prevention, reducing, reusing, recycling, and upcycling. We are focused on waste streams such as plastics, paper, textiles, biomass, and wastewater, which could be turned into energy for the chemical and port sector in Rotterdam. Example solutions include:
Prevention and reduction technologies
to reduce the waste from the start of the value chain. For example, technologies that can lengthen the lifespan of textiles, coatings that extend the shelf life of food, or biodegradable plastics.
Separation and recycling technologies
to be able to reuse waste and thereby become more circular. Examples include separation technologies for plastics, detection technologies, waste separation, technologies to recycle textiles, or wastewater cleaning solutions.
Carbon Capture Technologies
to create new materials/products and reduce the CO2 emissions in current processes of waste stream processors, wastewater facilities, or in the port and chemical sector.
Bio based raw materials
that are economically viable and scalable to use as input to produce materials, products, and chemicals. Examples include new materials from organic waste or using biotechnology to produce products from bacteria or yeast.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU
Pilot contract to test your solution in Rotterdam
Access to the city’s network of relevant partners; PlantONE, Municipal Water Treatment facilities, Port of Rotterdam, Waste processors (AVR, SUEZ, Renewi), (petro)chemical industry, food processors (Univelever, Coca Cola, Heineken), innovations (WastetoChemicals, Ioniqa, Urban Mining Corp, Pryme etc.)
Access to Rotterdam Unlocked; an online ecosystem event to stimulate collaborations within the city of Rotterdam
Your solution should
Have a working prototype or product ready for piloting
Be willing to work with the government of Rotterdam on the implementation of your solution and thus occasionally be on site.
The deadline for applications is August 17.
Announcement of selected startups
We announce the selected startups at the beginning of September
Unlocked virtual event
Selected startups will be invited for one-on-one online business meetings taking place online during Unlocked from September 22-23.
The most relevant startup(s) will enter the pilot phase from October onwards