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CALL FOR PROJECTS ”CIRCULAR 4 RECOVERY”

CALL FOR PROJECTS
”CIRCULAR 4 RECOVERY”

Abstract

The Call aims to select, reward and accelerate business projects focused on developing innovative technologies, solutions and services with a low environmental and social impact in 5 Key Focus Areas of the Circular Economy: Circular Bioeconomy; Circular Water Economy; Circular Energy Economy; New Circular Life Cycles; Circular City & Land.

The initiative supports the national and EU post-Covid recovery policies promoting the transition process towards a more environmentally and socially sustainable economy.

Description

Scenario

The linear economic paradigm “take-make-dispose” is based on the unfounded assumption of unlimited availability of resources. The initiatives that aim to support efficiency can delay the crisis of this economic model but are not enough to fix issues related to the lack of resources and environmental, economic and social impacts due to the reckless exploitation of natural resources.

The necessary transition towards to a new circular economic paradigm, based on cycles closure, waste elimination and the exclusive use of renewable energy sources, renewable raw materials and secondary raw materials, places us before unprecedented technological and social challenges, involving significant changes related to production processes and the radical rethinking of consumption and business models.

Europe is at the forefront of this global transition towards a circular and low-carbon economy, which is considered a key element of the new EU industrial strategy, to make European production system more sustainable and competitive, and generate new jobs. In this direction, last March the European Commission adopted a new Action Plan for the Circular Economy, which represent one of the key blocks of the European Green Deal, the agenda for sustainable growth that redesigns EU commitment on climate and environment for the next thirty years.

This long-term strategic trend has met, after the COVID-19 pandemic, the extraordinary recovery measures adopted through the EU’s long-term budget and the Next Generation EU initiative, which represent for Italy and Europe an unrepeatable opportunity to relaunch investments and implement important reforms, within the wider framework of the transition process towards a more environmentally and socially sustainable economy.

Challenges

The Call for Projects aims to select, reward and support business projects focused on developing innovative technologies, solutions and services with a low environmental and social impact in 5 Key Focus Areas of the Circular Economy (Circular Bioeconomy; Circular Water Economy; Circular Energy Economy; New Circular Life Cycles; Circular City & Land).

For each Key Focus Areas, the Call identifies several broad Challenges and a number of more delimited Challenges, identified in relation to the specific interests and innovation needs of the Corporate Partners that support the initiative.

Participants can propose projects consistent with the general Challenges or the issues highlighted in the specific Challenges, by selecting the relevant Code when completing the registration form.

Enhancement of agro-food waste, new models of sustainable and regenerative agriculture.

Treatment and valorisation of wastewater, smart water and wastewater management systems.

Energy transition, smart energy management systems, sustainable and circular materials management models in the energy supply chain.

Circular and sustainable solutions, technologies, and processes in the plastics and WEEE supply chains management.

New integrated and circular approaches and models for the sustainable development of cities and rural/inland areas.

The minimum level of TRL required for the eligibility of projects is 4.

Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

The Challenges proposed for the 5 Key Focus Areas intercept many targets and related sub-targets of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations for the Agenda 2030:

SDG 2: Zero Hunger
SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
SDG 13: Climate Action

Elegibility and Awards

Eligible projects

The following subjects can apply:

  • Teams not yet established in companies
  • Spin-off research
  • Innovative start-ups
  • Innovative SMEs
  • Other types of companies, potentially susceptible to spin-offs.

Awards

The prizes awarded to the winning Projects will be differentiated according to the specific needs of the Projects, their level of maturity and proximity to the market, and the phase of the support path (Pre-Acceleration; Acceleration).

Pre-Acceleration Program

The prizes will be awarded in the form of:

  • credits for each selected Project – up to a maximum of Euro 25,000  – to be used for technological and entrepreneurial empowerment services, provided by the Organizers and the Corporate Partners network, within a maximum overall cap for all winning projects of Euro 500,000,00;
  • dedicated physical spaces in the Phygiwork S.p.A. Business Centers located in the territory of the Municipality of Rome.

Acceleration Program

The Prizes will be awarded in the form of:

  • credits for each selected Project – up to a maximum of Euro 70,000 – to be used for technological and entrepreneurial empowerment services, provided by the Organizers and the Corporate Partners concerned, within a maximum overall cap for all projects eligible for the acceleration phase of Euro 700,000,00;
  • equity, quasi-equity, forms of guarantee and co-guarantee on medium-long-term debts, to be used in co-investment with third-party resources, within the limits of a maximum overall plafond made available by MVA and the Corporate Partners concerned, amounting to Euro 10,000,000.00;
  • dedicated physical spaces in the Phygiwork S.p.A. Business Centers located in the territory of the Municipality of Rome.

The actual composition of the portfolio of services provided in the Pre-Acceleration and Acceleration Program will be established on the specific needs of each of the winning Projects, as identified by the Acceleration Team, also in agreement with the Corporate Partners.

How to participate?

Each proposer must fill the appropriate Registration Form, also accessible at the bottom of this page (“Propose Your Project”).

In section “Description of the Project”, the following main points can be illustrated:

  • Company Idea
  • Key People
  • Business Strategy
  • Technology
  • Market & Positioning
  • Key Financials
  • Technology Roadmap & Business Upside.

It will be also compulsory to attach a pitch that develops the different points listed for the section “Description of the Project”.

It is the proposer’s faculty to attach:

  • a Business Plan
  • any additional documentation considered useful to draw and strengthen the proposal (for example, patents, technical annexes describing the technology and its intellectual property).

Explain your proposal clearly in Italian or English.

What happens next?

The MVA Acceleration Team will verify the eligibility of the submitted projects, excluding those ineligible, carry out an in-depth analysis of the market potential, and proceed to a pre-selection.

Next, the pre-selected projects will be examined by the MVA Acceleration Team, integrated into its composition by executives of MVA and UCBM, advisors and experts. The Corporate Partners will also be involved in this phase, to acquire their assessment and eventual expressions of interest on the projects under evaluation.

The following criteria will be taken into account for the assessment:

  • consistency with the Call goals
  • quality and skills of the business team
  • innovation degree
  • technical and economic feasibility.

Downstream of the evaluation procedure, 20 winning projects, distributed among the 5 Key Focus Areas identified by the Call, will be selected and participate in a Pre-Acceleration Program, with a maximum duration of 12 weeks. The access to the Pre-acceleration Program will be subject to signing the contractual documentation proposed by MVA and registering the constituent or established company in the special section of the Register of “Innovative Start-ups” or that of “Innovative SMEs”, in accordance to the Italian legislation.

At the end of the Pre-Acceleration Program, up to 10 projects will be selected and will enter the next phase of the Acceleration Program, lasting between 12 and 24 weeks, accessing the services made available by the Organizers and the Corporate Partners concerned, and any participatory investment. This possible subsequent acceleration phase shall be governed by a separate agreement on the further activities of the Acceleration Program, the terms and conditions of which shall be negotiated in good faith between the Parties.

At the end of the assessment, you will receive feedback.

In case of success, a contact person will get in touch with you to discuss the next steps.

Organizers

Marzotto Venture Accelerator carries out incubation/acceleration and venture capital activities, aimed at supporting entrepreneurial initiatives with a high content of technological innovation. It collaborates with excellent partners, making available to the incubated and/or accelerated companies its industrial and commercial network and the potential synergies with the businesses of one of the largest and oldest families of Italian entrepreneurs, committed for a long time to the environmental and social sustainability. It operates as an innovation and technology transfer agency, promoting a vast ecosystem of open innovation focused on the thematic areas “Circular Economy”, “Smart Cities & Communities” and “Healthcare 4.0”.

Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma promotes integrated teaching and research facilities, pursuing the mission of placing science at the service of mankind and ethical and sustainable development. It offers the student an educational experience aimed at its cultural, professional and human growth, proposing the acquisition of skills in a spirit of service. As part of its Third Mission activities, it promotes the enhancement of scientific research results, technology transfer and innovation, supporting the business technological validation and development. It promotes knowledge, the interdisciplinary nature of the sciences and research in all areas that contribute to the global good of the person.

All proposers are invited to read carefully the Challenges and the Regulation of this Call, also accessible to follow on this page (“Regulation of the Call”). By submitting a project they automatically accept the aforementioned Regulation.

For more information: circular4recovery@marzottoventure.com

THE CHALLENGES OF ”CIRCULAR 4 RECOVERY”

For each Key Focus Areas (Circular Bioeconomy; Circular Water Economy; Circular Energy Economy; New Circular Life Cycles; Circular City & Land), the Call proposes several broad Challenges and a number of more delimited Challenges, identified in relation to the specific interests and innovation needs of the Corporate Partners that support the initiative.

Participants can propose projects consistent with the general Challenges or the issues highlighted in the specific Challenges, by selecting the relevant Code when completing the registration form.

1

CIRCULAR BIOECONOMY

2

CIRCULAR
WATER ECONOMY

3

CIRCULAR
ENERGY ECONOMY

4

NEW CIRCULAR
LIFE CYCLES

5

CIRCULAR
CITY & LAND

FOCUS ON THE CHALLENGES

1

CIRCULAR
BIOECONOMY

Challenge 1.1

  • Extraction and recovery of bioactive substances and other secondary raw materials from waste of agro-food production, zootechnical effluents, agro-industry effluents, digestates leaving biogas plants. [Code CB.1.1]

Specific Challenges:

  • 1.1.1 Technologies and systems for the management, the treatment and the energy and production recovery of livestock waste (for example, systems for the elimination of pathogens and weeds), for the reduction and the reuse of climate-altering emissions in zootechnical sector. [Code CB.1.1.1]
  • 1.1.2 Technologies and processes for primary waste exploitation for energy and production purposes (cosmeceutics, food industry, bioplastics, etc.). [Code CB.1.1.2]
  • 1.1.3 Advanced technologies and systems (for example, blockchain) for good and efficient trade management between producers and users of agricultural supply chain waste, in particular for the traceability of supply chain and the cross-tracking traceability of waste and raw material, to guarantee the quality of the extracted product for human consumption (food, cosmeceutics). [Code CB.1.1.3]

Challenge 1.2

  • Transition towards new models of sustainable and regenerative agriculture, supported by digital/ precision agriculture systems and oriented towards objectives of optimized management of natural and energy resources, reduction of climate-altering emissions, preservation of agricultural soils, revitalization of ancient crops, safety and health food[Code CB.1.2]

Specific Challenges:

  • 1.2.1 Support and facilitation systems for the implementation and management of food supply chains, to ensure availability and use of the agricultural product; forecast of production at national/international level and of the trend of the commodity exchange (recognition of crops from remote sensing, yield forecasts from remote sensing, predictive models of production and market trends); DSS for the generation of cost/revenue scenarios for the choice of crops and cultivation methods to be adopted.[Code CB.1.2.1]
  • 1.2.2 Technologies and systems to support the traceability of agronomic operations, the improvement of the production processes phases that have the greatest impact on the environment (also through analysis based on Life Cycle Assessment results) and the control of compliance with production regulations/production disciplinary [Code CB.1.2.2]
  • 1.2.3 Systems for facilitating the collection and automatic recording of data useful for sustainability reports and for the processing of environmental impact indices in the agricultural sector. [Code CB.1.2.3]
  • 1.2.4 DSS, software and technologies to support the site-specific fields management, to optimize company management, save energy and agronomic inputs, obtain products with particular nutritional value: analysis soil variability, identification of crops more suitable for land, the definition of sowing density and optimal fertilization plans with variable flow rates, irrigation support (times and quantities), pathogen attack risk prediction and optimal periods for weed treatment, automatic recognition of plant diseases, phytosanitary and weed treatment with variable flow rate, innovative use of drones in agriculture. [Code CB.1.2.4]
  • 1.2.5 Technologies and systems for animal welfare and the control of their state of health. [Code CB.1.2.5]

2

CIRCULAR
WATER ECONOMY

Challenge 2.1

  • Reuse of municipal/industrial wastewater, sequestration techniques for water pollutants, recovery of nutrients and other secondary raw materials from sludge and leachate. [Code CW.2.1]

Specific challenges:

  • 2.1.1 Technologies and design of chemical-physical systems for the selective sequestration of organic and inorganic micropollutants (e.g.microplastics) in the treatment of tertiary civil wastewater. [Code CW.2.1.1]
  • 2.1.2 Development of ultra-compact thermal and catalytic cracking processes (gasification and pyrolysis) for reducing the volume of sewage sludge and recovery of valuable substances[Code CW.2.1.2]

Challenge 2.2

  • Smart management of water and wastewater networks considering processes digitalization, automation and efficiency (for example, real-time monitoring of consumption, pipelines monitoring,leaks detection, big data collection and management, forecasts on the networks operation, predictive maintenance, augmented reality and Digital Twins, etc.). [Code CW.2.2]

3

CIRCULAR
ENERGY ECONOMY

Challenge 3.1

  • Development of innovative and sustainable technologies, digital solutions, processes for the energy production from renewable sources, green hydrogen, energy from secondary raw materials, bioenergy from renewable raw materials and secondary raw materials, for heat recovery and energy storage (electro- chemical, thermal, hybrid, power-to-gas), for the capture, storage and reuse of CO2. [CE.3.1 code]

Specific Challenges:

  • 3.1.1 New technologies for the sequestration and reuse of CO2 deriving from aerobic (composting) and anaerobic (biogas production) digestion processes. [EC Code 3.1.1]
  • 3.1.2 Development of innovative processes for the capture and reuse of Hydrogen and CO2 deriving from biogas upgrading processes. [EC Code 3.1.2]

Challenge 3.2

  • Development of innovative and sustainable technologies, digital solutions, and processes of circular design, remanufacturing, disassembly, reuse, recovery, recycling, use of circular and eco-compatible materials in the energy supply chain (batteries, photovoltaic modules, wind turbines, electric car columns, smart meters , batteries, power grid).[Code CE.3.2].

Challenge 3.3

  • Technologies, methodologies, applications and tools for intelligent energy management, energy resources optimization, grid security and resilience, to support in particular distributed generation and energy communities (e.g. smart grids and microgrids, smart metering systems, monitoring, control and automation systems, supervision systems, distribution management systems, intelligent sensors and actuators, protection/security applications, forecasting consumption and production methodologies and algorithms, optimization methodologies and algorithms, etc.) [Code CE.3.3]

4

NEW CIRCULAR
LIFE CYCLES

Challenge 4.1

  • Innovative and sustainable technologies, digital solutions, processes of collection, separation, selection, plastics recycling, creation of new recyclable and “circular” plastics, reuse of recycled plastics and disposal/enhancement of mixed non-recyclable plastics. [NC code 4.1]

Specific Challenges:

  • 4.1.1 Plastic materials recycling of the personal protective equipment used in the workplace to protect the head (accident prevention helmets, work helmets, protective helmets). [NC code 4.1.1]
  • 4.1.2 Recycling of surgical mask and facial filter materials (FFP1, FFP2, FFP3). [NC code 4.1.2]

Challenge 4.2

  • Innovative and sustainable technologies, digital solutions, processes of collection, separation, disassembly, selection, circular design, remanufacturing, recycling and recovery of components and waste materials generated by electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). [NC code 4.2]

5

CIRCULAR
CITY & LAND

Challenge 5.1

  • Development of innovative technological approaches, digital solutions, and processes to support integrated and circular models in the urban environment for the management of material flows, sustainable mobility, energy systems, the areas built for residential and production purposes. [Code CC.5.1]

Specific Challenges

  • 5.1.1 Sustainable and intelligent intermodal mobility systems in urban areas, to support the optimized management of a workforce distributed throughout the territory, freer in the organization of its time and the choice of workplace, following the new models of “Smart Working” and “Phygital Enterprise”. [Code CC.5.1.1]
  • 5.1.2 Innovative solutions to improve buildings circularity in terms of use of materials and energy resources. [Code CC.5.1.2]
  • 5.1.3 Innovative solutions for the use of infrastructures (in particular, electrical networks, public lighting, telecommunications) as enabling platforms for the development of integrated circularity models in the various urban areas (residential and production). [Code CC.5.1.3]

Challenge 5.2

  • Reconversion and enhancement in a sustainable and circular view of the agro-food, tourism, crafts and small industry chains in rural and inland areas. [Code CC.5.2]

Specific Challenges

  • 5.2.1 Innovative biorefinery models based on the integration of waste from specific supply chains with similar characteristics, capable of ensuring the maximum economic value of waste and the reduction of environmental impacts, supporting the functioning of biodistricts. [Code CC.5.2.1]

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