14 May 2024

Apply for free services to boost circular economy projects

In a world where sustainability is no longer a choice but a necessity, ICLEI Europe is working with cities and regions eager to embrace circular economies. As the demand for innovative circular solutions grows, so do the opportunities to transform visions into reality. ICLEI Members are invited to submit expressions of interest to an open call by CircularInvest, aimed at cities and regions across Europe looking to reshape the way they manage resources.

CircularInvest, of which ICLEI is a partner, bridges the gap between circular economy project developers and investors to make circular projects investment-ready and facilitate their journey towards securing the necessary financial resources for implementation. How does the project achieve this? Through a range of tailored services designed to address every aspect of project development:

  1. Advancing Circular Solutions: Embracing the circular economy is not just a trend; it's a paradigm shift towards sustainability. The Circularity Assessment and Monitoring Service provides a comprehensive analysis of your project's circularity efforts, guiding you towards enhanced environmental responsibility. With stakeholders mapping and benchmarking of best practices, CircularInvest ensures your project aligns with global standards while fostering collaboration within the circular economy community.
  2. Business Planning: A solid business plan is the backbone of any successful project. The Business Planning service offers customised training and support, helping you develop a roadmap for success. From defining your unique value proposition to refining financial forecasts, CircularInvest experts will equip you with the tools to attract investment and make informed decisions.
  3. Fundraising: Securing funding is essential for project success. The project’s Fundraising support service provides a strategic approach to fundraising, from analysing the financial stakeholder landscape to crafting compelling investor pitches. With experts’ guidance, you can increase your chances of securing the investment your project deserves.
  4. Legal and Regulation: Navigating the legal and regulatory landscape can be daunting. The Legal & Regulatory Support service offers expert guidance, demystifying complex regulations and mitigating potential risks. From permitting and licensing support to Intellectual Property strategy development, CircularInvest ensures your project operates within regulatory boundaries, giving you the confidence to focus on innovation.

ICLEI Members are encouraged to be part of the circular revolution and send their expressions of interest until 13 September. Whether you're a city, region, or project developer, CircularInvest is here to support you on your journey towards a more sustainable future.

To learn more and access the application portal, visit