Circular by Design Challenge #3

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Do you think we are wasting resources and energy?

Do you feel we could do better?

Do you have ideas that could help?

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Circular By Design Challenge

We want to give the best ideas a life-extension by making them come true

Following the success of the first two editions, Luxinnovation is pleased to announce the launch of Circular by Design Challenge #3. The Challenge offers offers Luxembourg and European companies and entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop their innovative, sustainable solutions through a 12-week coaching programme. Luxinnovation cordially invites you to join the launch webinar that will present this year’s edition and thematic calls.

As the consequences of climate change and lack of resources are becoming more apparent, the need to change our current production and consumption patterns is obvious. The Circular by Design Challenge is aimed at inciting businesses and entrepreneurs to develop products and services that will contribute to a more circular and sustainable world.

Propose your sustainable solutions to thematic challenges

Circular by Design Challenge cooperates with partners looking for innovative, sustainable solutions to respond to challenges in their specific field. For edition #3, companies and entrepreneurs are invited to submit applications according to four thematic calls in the fields of:

  • - LuXembourg collection
  • - Multifunctional urban furniture
  • - Development cooperation and humanitarian aid
  • - Sustainable business events

 

Circular by Design Challenge offers: 

  • - 12 weeks of personalised coaching by experts
  • - Input from the Challenge’s partner organisations 
  • - The opportunity to pitch your project to industry at a specific event
  • - The opportunity to compete for an €8,000 award in each thematic field

 

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Meet our jury and partners

  • Jury
    Martin Charter

    Martin Charter

    Martin Charter

    Martin Charter

    Professor Martin Charter MBA FRSA has worked as a manager, researcher and trainer on sustainable innovation and product sustainability for 30 years in academia, business and consultancy. He is the founding Director of The Centre for Sustainable Design ® at University for the Creative Arts (UCA), Senior Associate, Business School for the Creative Industries at UCA and is the author/co-author of Greener Marketing 1 & 2, Sustainable Solutions, System Innovation for Sustainability, Eco-innovate and Designing for the Circular Economy. Martin is the Chairman, Board of Trustees, Farnham Repair Café and is a regular speaker in conferences worldwide.

  • Jury
    Laurence Tock

    Laurence Tock

    Ministère de l'économie

    Laurence Tock

    Laurence Tock

    Ministère de l'économie

    Ministère de l'économie
  • Jury
    Sophie Öberg

    Sophie Öberg

    IMS Luxembourg

    Sophie Öberg

    Sophie Öberg

    IMS Luxembourg

    Sophie Öberg is a sustainability and communications professional with over 25 years´ experience in Luxembourg, Stockholm and Paris.

    She has been working with strategy development and activation, project leading and management, design thinking and facilitation both as a manager and as a consultant within large corporations, smaller businesses, own ventures, profit and non-profit, such as RTL Group, Ceratizit, McKinsey & Company and Sandvik.

    Besides her current position as Deputy Director at IMS Inspiring More Sustainability, Luxembourg's leading network for Corporate Responsibility, Sophie is Co-Chair of the Sustainability Strategy for Boards working committee at ILA.

    She holds a BA in Communications and Media Sciences from Sciences Po Paris and a Master of Arts in History from Sorbonne University, Paris, France.

    IMS Luxembourg
  • Jury
    Anabel Witry

    Anabel Witry

    Design Friends

    Anabel Witry

    Anabel Witry

    Design Friends

    Anabel Witry studied communication science, intercultural communication and organisational psychology at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. After several years of professional experience in marketing and PR for the architecture and construction industry in Munich and Luxembourg, she joined the management board of her parents' architectural office witry & witry architecture urbanisme. Witry & Witry was one of the pioneers of sustainable architecture and urbanism in Luxembourg and still has a strong emphasis on planning and constructing in the philosophy of circular economy today. The project focus of the office is on public buildings, especially school buildings, day-care centres and larger residential buildings. Anabel Witry has been a committee member of the asbl Design Friends since 2010, since 2020 in the function of president.

    Design Friends
  • Jury
    Sébastien Zinck

    Sébastien Zinck

    LIST

    Sébastien Zinck

    Sébastien Zinck

    LIST

    Sébastien Zinck holds a Master’s degree in Materials Science (EEIGM / Université de Lorraine, France) and an Advanced Master’s degree in Ecodesign and Environmental Management (Arts & Métiers ParisTech, France). He worked for 10 years as Eco-design Expert, and then Eco-design Manager at Steelcase, the global leader in the office furniture industry. Since 2016, he has been working at LIST as Senior Engineer in Circular Economy with a focus on topics such as eco-design, product life extension and recycling. He is currently involved in ISO standardisation work: participant to ISO/DIS 14009 (“Environmental management systems - Guidelines for incorporating material circulation in design and development”) and President of the Luxembourgish Mirror for the ISO/TC323 “Circular Economy”.

    LIST
  • Jury
    Samuel Majerus

    Samuel Majerus

    LSC Engineering

    Samuel Majerus

    Samuel Majerus

    LSC Engineering

    Samuel Majerus, Partner of LSC Engineering Group, joined the firm in 2018. LSC is one of the leading engineering consultancy firms in Luxembourg. Samuel worked previously in Switzerland in renewable energies before coming back to Luxembourg.  

    He is specialized in circular economy, helping his clients in implementing the circular economy principles into their organizations and projects. Additionally, he is teaching circular economy at the University of Luxembourg. 

    LSC Engineering
  • Jury
    Beryl Koltz

    Beryl Koltz

    Luxembourg - Let's make it happen

    Beryl Koltz

    Beryl Koltz

    Luxembourg - Let's make it happen

    Film maker and multimedia communication consultant by profession, Beryl Koltz has been working for the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs since 2020 as the Strategic Manager of Luxembourg's nation branding initiative, known as LuXembourg - Let's make it happen. 

    Luxembourg - Let's make it happen
  • Jury
    Rachel Negri

    Rachel Negri

    Rachel Negri

    Rachel Negri

    After graduating in 2012 from the Université Libre de Bruxelles with a degree in political science, Rachel Negri started working for the European Institutions in Brussels and gained her first practical work experience in a diverse and multicultural environment. 

    In 2017, Rachel joined the General Directorate for Tourism at the Ministry of the Economy where she works as a project manager contributing to the development of the business events industry in Luxembourg.  

    The business events sector is a key sector for raising awareness of eco-friendly low-waste activities since it is engaging an entire industry including accommodations, venues, transport, catering, and audiovisual. Making events sustainable has become essential for success in today’s meetings and conference industry. Sustainability grows increasingly more important as an evaluation criterion in the planning and development process of business events. In this context, Rachel worked closely with the main actors in this particular field to set up the “Green business events” initiative, a project supporting business events organizers in reducing the environmental impact of their event. 

    Since 2018 Rachel has been a board member of the Luxembourg Convention Bureau, the national agency for the promotion and development of Luxembourg as a destination in the business events sector. She currently serves as President. 

  • Jury
    Ann Muller

    Ann Muller

    Luxembourg Urban Garden

    Ann Muller

    Ann Muller

    Luxembourg Urban Garden

    Born in 1961 in Luxembourg, Ann Muller worked and lived abroad for more than 30 years before returning to Luxembourg in 2021 to take over the general coordination of the LUGA - Luxembourg Urban Garden exhibition to be held in 2025 in Luxembourg.  

    The organisation of this large-scale project will be carried out with the financial support of the Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development and the City of Luxembourg.  

    After her studies in visual arts and art theory, Ann Muller worked mainly in the art world, a milieu that she finds deeply fascinating and  inspiring. Returning to Luxembourg was straight from the heart: "Getting the opportunity to get involved in a project that addresses all major challenges our planet is facing today and in the near future, I was immediately hooked and never let go" she explains. It is a great honour to be able to participate in the organisation of such an important project for our country! 

  • Jury
    Daniel Sahr

    Daniel Sahr

    Chamber of Commerce - Luxembourg

    Daniel Sahr

    Daniel Sahr

    Chamber of Commerce - Luxembourg

    Daniel Sahr has been with International Affairs at the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce since 2009, where he holds the position of Senior Coordinator. Helping Luxembourg based companies to unlock the potentials of foreign markets or guiding and assisting them to thrive abroad has been his passion for over a decade by now. In 2010 he was closely involved in the preparation of the Luxembourg Commercial Week, an economic promotion event at Expo 2010 in Shanghai, which turned out to be a project bringing him closer to the idea and spirit of World Expos. After gaining another experience with Luxembourg’s presence at Astana Expo in 2017, Daniel joined the team of Luxembourg @ Expo 2020 Dubai as Pavilion Director. Since the Chamber of Commerce renewed its commitment for the upcoming Pavilion at Expo 2025 Osaka, Daniel is currently a member of the organisation team. Before joining the Chambre of Commerce he worked in the field of Marketing and Sales for various companies. He holds an MBA degree from Université de Strasbourg and participates on a regular basis in vocational training programs. Daniel loves to spend his free time on Luxembourg’s hiking trails.

    Chamber of Commerce - Luxembourg
  • Jury
    Ernstine Kornelis

    Ernstine Kornelis

    Luxembourg Aid & Development

    Ernstine Kornelis

    Ernstine Kornelis

    Luxembourg Aid & Development

    Ernstine KORNELIS is a diplomat at the Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MAEE). She entered the diplomatic profession by joining the UK Foreign Office for a posting at the British Embassy in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and then joined the Grand Ducal Court as Advisor to the Cabinet of HRH the Grand Duke. After various assignments at the MAEE, she is now Coordinator of the Digital for Development and Private Sector Department and is the thematic expert for Research and Development and Space for Development. Ernstine has a background in English and German literature and is also a member of the Board of Directors of Lux-Development. 

    Luxembourg Aid & Development
  • Jury
    Pascal Fabing

    Pascal Fabing

    LuxDev

    Pascal Fabing

    Pascal Fabing

    LuxDev

    Most people embrace a career in innovation after having explored different horizons. This is good as innovation is fuelled by diversity.  This is also good as it gave me the opportunity to focus on what I love: doing things differently together with partners, not because I want to be special, because it can make PEOPLE special, impacting their daily life. I have studied innovation management and development; I have worked 20+ years accompanying innovators. My new frontier is now at LuxDev, as a private sector expert, making innovation happen for the benefit of Luxembourg cooperation's partner countries. 

    LuxDev
  • Jury
    Jérôme Petry

    Jérôme Petry

    Ministère de l'économie

    Jérôme Petry

    Jérôme Petry

    Ministère de l'économie

    Born in Luxembourg, dec 5 1979, Married + 2 kids 

    Educational background: physicist and MBA 

    Worked 15 years in the electronic industry before joining the ministry of the Economy of Luxembourg in 2018. There I am in charge of circular economy projects and leading the Product Circularity Data Sheet Initiative 

    Since April 2021 I am the editor of ISO/PWI 59040 and the convenor of TC323/WG5 in charge of the new standard on the product circularity data sheet. 

    Ministère de l'économie
  • Jury
    Benoit Fortemps

    Benoit Fortemps

    Lycée des Arts et Métiers

    Benoit Fortemps

    Benoit Fortemps

    Lycée des Arts et Métiers

    Lycée des Arts et Métiers
  • Jury
    Menachem Tabanpour

    Menachem Tabanpour

    Gener8tor

    Menachem Tabanpour

    Menachem Tabanpour

    Gener8tor

    Menachem moved to Luxembourg in March to launch gener8tor Luxembourg as the Managing Director. He previously worked at the University of Wisconsin-Madison coaching tech startups in a partnership with gener8tor, the computer sciences department and the tech transfer office. Before joining gener8tor, Menachem co-founded and ran a cleantech circular economy startup called Nutrient Recovery and Upcycling for over 10 years. He has expertise in Venture Capital and early-stage funding, manufacturing, water/wastewater, agriculture, automation, and end-to-end product development as well as coaching, business development, sales and fundraising. 

    Gener8tor
  • Jury
    Serge Quazzotti

    Serge Quazzotti

    IPIL

    Serge Quazzotti

    Serge Quazzotti

    IPIL

    Doctor in organic chemistry, Dr Serge Quazzotti first worked as a researcher. Since 1994, his career was focused on patents and industrial property, and he has set up and managed a department within the Henri Tudor Public Research Center aiming to develop public services and research activities in these fields for the benefit of local businesses and researchers. He is the first director of the Institute of Intellectual Property Luxembourg (IPIL), set up by the Luxembourg government in 2014. During his 26 years of activity, he has been appointed several times to join different groups of experts on patents and intellectual property, in particular by the European Commission, and as a member of the academic advisory group of the Academy of the European Patent Office. He is a lecturer at the University of Luxembourg. Since 2019, he has chaired the jury of the Jonk Fuerscher competition in Luxembourg. Convinced that "Intellectual property concerns everyone", that it is essential to make innovation and creativity useful for society, Dr Serge Quazzotti is happy to be part of the Circular design challenge.

    IPIL
  • Jury
    Claudine Bettendroffer

    Claudine Bettendroffer

    Silversquare

    Claudine Bettendroffer

    Claudine Bettendroffer

    Silversquare

    Chaos fighter x Love for travelling and curious about the world x Passion for entrepreneurship and innovation
    This passion has translated as well into a career as I was always looking to create impact by supporting entrepreneurs in their day to day: Exchanging ideas to increase business opportunities, drive customer satisfaction and building a network! After working years with start-ups and innovative companies, I got the chance to set the coworking space Silversquare up for Luxembourg. It resonated deeply with me as the heart of the business is building a strong community of great entrepreneurs from different phases, cultures, backgrounds and activities which grow stronger together!

    Silversquare

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