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The Circular Kickstart

Healthcare Challenge

Boost your circular start-up and reshape the future of healthcare

About The Circular Kickstart


The Circular Kickstart is an accelerator programme helping start-ups disrupt business as usual and launch successful businesses in the economy of tomorrow. This year's goal: to push the healthcare sector into a sustainable transition. 


By coaching 20 Belgian start-ups with a circular solution for a more sustainable healthcare system.

What's in it for you?

Fasttrack your growth: 

Find the circular business and revenue models that suit your initiative 

Introduce and improve your solution in collaboration with Belgian healthcare institutions

​Count on the support of the growing circular start-up community​

At the end of this 18-month trajectory your company will be ready to conquer the market and make a lasting positive impact! 

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Circularity in Healthcare 

Together with key healthcare partners, the Circular Kickstart Healthcare Challenge focuses on 5 challenges within the healthcare sector:

​​Do you have a circular idea or solution for one of these challenges?

The goal is to find circular solutions within all these categories. We want to think big and not limit the challenge to medical supplies only. For instance, in terms of facilities, we want to re-examine everything from bedding to coffee! 

As the healthcare industry is our partner for this challenge, this represents a unique opportunity for circular start-ups to gain access to your target audience! 

Who can apply?

  1. Belgian start-ups / scale-ups
    (​up to​ 5 years) 

  2. ​​You have a potential circular solution for sustainable healthcare​​​

 Places are limited! 

Only 20 start-ups will be selected by an expert jury during the pitching daysDo not miss this opportunity!  

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How to apply

Application - Deadline: 30/04/2024 12 PM

  • ​Tell us about your circular solution by filling in the application form. This will take around 10 minutes.

Recorded Q&A 

  • All your questions answered by Mieke Pieters, founder of the Circular Kickstart 
Watch the recording

Pitch days - 05/06/2024 + 06/06/2024 

  • After screening of the applications, you will be invited to pitch to a jury of partners, experts and mentors 
  • ​At the end of June, you'll find out if you're selected as one of the 20 participants​​​ 
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The Programme

What you'll get


September 2024 - March 2025


Expert guidance and mentorship by ​circular economy experts & ​industry leaders


​​​Circular entrepreneur starterclass​​ 


​​​Circular business sprints, ​with focus on implementing winning circular business and revenue models in your business​​ 


Circular design sprints with top experts in eco-design ​


​Access to a growing circular business community of start-ups, SME’s and industry leaders


Matching with exceptional mentors helping you tackle your challenges 10x faster


Exposure as a circular ambassador in Belgium and Europe


The opportunity to test your product or service in one of multiple healthcare institutions in Belgium 

Pilot projects 

​​December ​​2024​ - ​December ​​2025​​     ​ 

Pilot, test and improve your solution in close collaboration with Belgian healthcare institutions


Duration: 18 months

Location: Digital sessions and in-person meets at circular hubs (Antwerp, Brussels, Liège)

Cost: For registered businesses 990 EUR (excl. VAT)
For non-registered individuals 590 EUR (excl. VAT)

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A big thank you to our partners