Investing in the development of young potentials is essential. The Circular School Belgium was created by Act4Change to connect, inspire and provide knowledge to young people who want to start working in a circular way. We want to be a safe breeding ground for young pioneers who want to contribute to the transition towards a sustainable society.
The Circular School is a short-term training programme in circular entrepreneurship. For participants, this means networking, building professional skills and strengthening their competences around sustainability and circular entrepreneurship. During two weekends and a six-month follow-up trajectory, participants can think up, prototype and test circular projects until they form a launchable company, all under the guidance of Generation T circular experts.
Unlike many existing initiatives that focus on exploring new circular business models, we focus on the intermediate steps and act as a pre-business incubator. What is innovative is that we make use of peer-to-peer learning and let the entrepreneurs work together with so-called circular newbies: young changemakers who are interested in sustainability and the circular economy, but are not yet able to put forward their own concept.
The idea is that in the long term, participants will continue to expand their knowledge about circular entrepreneurship and social and ecological sustainability, because they were inspired to do circular business themselves or to introduce circularity professionally. The network thus formed remains active.
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After the master class, five participants decided to join Act4Change. They want to develop their skills on sustainability and transition within our organisation in the coming period.
The majority of the participants committed themselves to remain involved with the creator of their trajectory and to contribute in the form of feedback, promotion and practical help.
We also thought about the continuation of the Circular School and our financial self-sufficiency. Based on the results of the design trajectory, a new project plan will be drawn up within the working group.