Accelerate the transition to a circular Switzerland

Are you passionate about transforming Geneva into a more sustainable city?


The Circular Economy (CE) Incubator enables individuals and startups to prototype and develop innovative solutions contributing to accelerate the transition towards Circular Economy in Switzerland. During the program, the selected entrepreneurs work on implementing their solutions and validating their business models, with the support from high-level mentors, experts and our network of impact investors.


The CE Incubator is part of a pioneer initiative that currently takes place in 4 Swiss cities – Bern, Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich (more information below).

The CE Incubator is for people that

Are driven by circularity: Whether you have an idea to be nurtured, a prototype to validate or a business model to fine-tune if your solution will contribute to accelerate the transition to a Circular Economy, this program is for you!

Want to start locally: Think big, start local. We welcome individuals and teams with an ambitious vision who are looking to first validate and implement their solutions in Switzerland to have an impact on the local ecosystem.

But think at scale: Systemic impact is driven by radical collaboration. This program focuses on complementary solutions that can be scalable to new markets and regions without loosing their feasibility and efficiency.

Selected entrepreneurs will benefit from

Personal mentor: Mentors are at the core of the CE Incubator. We think of mentoring as building a trustworthy relationship with an experienced entrepreneur who inspires and challenges you along your journey while helping you to navigate the Swiss market

Investor connections: We will support you in setting-up your revenue model and financing strategy. As part of that the program facilitates connections with impact investors and sustainable finance institutions, matchmaking you with the appropriate investors once you are ready.

More than an office: During the CE Incubator you will have free access to Impact Hub inspiring space where you can work from and most importantly connect and exchange with a community of entrepreneurs, creatives and techies that are eager to collaborate.

Swiss-wide visibility: Benefit from local and Swiss-wide exposure throughout the program. This will happen both offline and online through networking and community building events, pitching days as well as mentions in the press, newsletters and social media.

The value of the support provided for free to every selected team is estimated at CHF 15.000. Furthermore, The CE Incubator has a zero equity and fees policy. This means you will not be charged anything and the idea you grow stays entirely yours.

Apply to the CE Incubator

It doesn’t matter if you are still developing your idea or if you already prototyped it and are looking to fine-tune your business model. By the end of the program you should be able to stop considering your startup as a side-project and more as your full-time job.


Applications for the CE Incubator are closed for 2018. If you wish to know more about the program or future editions don’t hesitate to subscribe to our newsletter or contact José.

Program timeline
The jury
Andrea Brown

Andrea Brown

Director, Impact Management at Quadia

foto nov 2018

Julia Calabuig

Associated Director, Global Innovation Air Care at Procter & Gamble


Julien Reinhard

Chargé de projet économie-emploi, Ville de Genève

Laurent Maeder

Laurent Maeder

Co-lead, Business Lab Circular Economy at Impact Hub

MAVA Foundation team, Gland, Switzerland - 10 March 2017

Thierry Renaud

Director Impact & Sustainability, Foundation MAVA

Circular Economy Transition

The CE Incubator is part of a pioneer initiative aiming to accelerate the transition of Switzerland to a Circular Economy.


In close collaboration with all Impact Hubs throughout Switzerland, sanu durabilitas and with the support of MAVA foundation, the ‘Circular Economy Transition’ will contribute to drive the new paradigm for the future of business, policy making and society through 4 main pillars.

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