Call for Innovators

Circular Economy

Sustainable development goals
SDG goal 12 economy

We support and foster substantive, inclusive and sustainable solutions that involve sharing, reusing and repairing existing materials.

To make them last as long as possible and make the least impact on the environment.



From 03/11/2020 to 18/12/2020

The call is open up to December 18, 2020.
Download the Call, read the FAQ, fill out the Application Form.


December 2020 - January 2021

The Coopen team selects the best candidates based on the following criteria:

  1. Ability to respond to the challenge
  2. Innovation and technical feasibility of the project
  3. Evaluation of the project team’s competence
  4. Experience and ability to bring innovative products to the market

Here you can find more info on the 12 Innovators admitted to the Selection Day



The projects are presented at a plenary session (Coopen Pitch) and in one-to-one meetings with the Civil Society Organizations that took part in the roundtables.

During the Selection Day 4 teams have been selected:

  • Climate Smart Agricultural
  • Marula ProTeen Ldt
  • Mercato Circolare S.r.l.
  • ValueBin S.r.l.


March/Aprile - June/July 2021

The innovative teams selected are partnered with a business incubator/accelerator and an organization that has promoted the challenge at the participative roundtables.

These partnerships are part of a 3-month incubation/acceleration program.

The leading organization receives funding to support the next phases of design and production, along with the partners.

Coopen has an overall budget available of 1.8 million euros.


June - December 2021

The expert-led coaching and mentorship process is finalized and contributes to projects grounding.

Afterward, the innovative products or services are launched in the target market.


December 2021

At the end of the coaching and mentoring processes there will be a presentation of the solutions developed to solve the main challenges in the circular economy. These are the challenges faced by the Civil Society Organizations active in international development cooperation.


Coopen means to create impactful solutions between Italy and Africa in three key areas

Food and Sustainable Agricolture

We are looking for innovative solutions to improve agricultural productivity, increase biodiversity and mitigate the consequences of climate change.

Not started

Health and Well-being

We support the development of innovative digital health services, with a focus on mobile platforms as well as education and capacity-building for medical and healthcare personnel.

Not started