Circulate CoLab Challenge #3 Now Open!

Calling all innovators! We’re looking for teams of 3-5 organizations with ideas to reduce or turn waste in their supply chain into new value. 

Get $20K to prototype your idea and $100K to scale it up.

Challenge 3 now open for ideas in the food,  environment and  construction, renovation and demolition sectors!

Challenge #3 closes September 9, 2022.

Expanding Upcycled Certified™ into Canada

COIL is working with Anthesis Provision and the Upcycled Food Association to expand the Upcycled Certified™ program   into Canada.

This third-party verified mark will raise consumer awareness and confidence when they buy products with upcycled products.

 

Now accepting applications from companies who want to get certified!

Congratulations to CoLab Cohort 1 Winners!

Teams from Upcycled Whole Plant Powders and OASIS Ecosmart Urban Microfarm Network will be funded to scale their CoLab prototypes into COIL’s next circular demonstration projects.

 

We’re accelerating Canada’s transition to a sustainable, circular economy — starting with the food and environment sectors.

ReSource Exchange Marketplace

Post your end-of-life materials and connect with other businesses to turn your waste stream into a value stream.

Join the circular business community!

Sign up for a Circular Business Passport and recieve exclusive access to tools, services and supports. Earn badges to showcase your business’ committment to the circular economy.

Launch of COIL ZWETL

COIL Zero Waste Economic Transformation Lab will use the strategies that have helped build a regional circular food economy and apply them to other sectors – starting with construction, renovation and demolition materials.

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In a circular economy, fewer raw materials are use: design, product, distribute, consumer use, reuse/repair then recycle.

 

What is COIL?

We’re helping businesses create, test and scale circular economy solutions in the food and environment sectors.

 

Circular Economy 101

Learn how the circular economy revolution is driving sustainable prosperity for business, society and the environment.

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What is COIL?

We’re helping businesses create, test and scale circular economy solutions in the food and environment sectors.

Circular Economy 101

Learn how the circular economy revolution is driving sustainable prosperity for business, society and the environment.

Business Accelerator Programs

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Activate Circular Accelerator

By 2024, we’re helping 49 circular food and environment businesses scale their solutions and impact. Access $30K in funding/financing. Work with Innovation Guelph and benefit from globally connected CE curriculum.

 

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Circulate CoLab

We’re looking for teams of 3-7 companies who want to prototype and scale supply chain innovations.

Access $20K in funding for your prototype and $100K as one of five COIL Demonstration Projects.

Challenge #3 Open Now!

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Re(PURPOSE) Incubator

Get an in depth audit of your food organization’s processes. Work with Provision Coalition to turn unavoidable waste into new products, value streams and collaborations.

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Evolve Pre-Accelerator

We’re looking for early stage or growing organizations that have what it takes to transform their community through circular business practices. 

 

Some of the organizations we’re working with:

As of December 2021, COIL is working with 40 companies and organizations to advance circular economy projects. Learn more.

 

COIL Zero Waste Economic Transformation Lab

The COIL lab is using place-based circular economy strategies to drive innovation and systems change across the economy – starting with construction, renovation and demolition materials.

Founding supporter:

 

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Circular Business Tools and Services

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ReSource Exchange Marketplace

Turn your waste into a value stream. ReSource Exchange is a free B2B marketplace for end of life food waste, packaging and related materials or equipment.

Digital Badge reading We're a circular business. Join us at COIL.eco

Circular Economy Business Passport

Join Ontario’s circular business community! Get access to programs, funding and digital tools to help showcase your business’ commitment to sustainability.

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Harvest Impact Fund

Access financing for your circular business or social enterprise through 10C’s Harvest Impact Fund.

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Urban Rural Testbed

In Guelph and Wellington County we’ve built a Urban-Rural Testbed is designed to help companies develop, pilot and scale new circular business models.

Reach out and let us know how we can help grow your circular business idea!

COIL Stories

Learn about some of the organizations we’re working with and how they’re growing the circular economy.

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Heartwood Farm and Cidery

Putting circularity into practice

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Abokichi

Upcycling waste into innovative products

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Upcycled Whole Plant Powders

Using circularity to expand a juice product line

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OASIS Ecosmart Urban Farm Network

Community-led circular transitions

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The SEED

Grocery delivery to address food access

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Ag Business & Crop Inc.

Improving plant & planet health through precision agriculture

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