Sharon Reid


Are you a ‘green’ entrepreneur? This is not a reference to naiveté but to your business’ green credentials, entries are currently open for the Green Alley Award; awarded annually to entrepreneurs and start –ups from the circular economy.

The award is still in its infancy and was started in 2014 by green economy investor Green Alley, along with Germany’s leading crowdfunding platform Seedmatch. This year, London accelerator Bethnal Green Ventures and European Recycling Platform (ERP) UK, a recycling service for electronic waste and batteries, have joined forces with the award organisers on a quest to find businesses with innovative products, services or technologies that recycle waste, conserve resources and raise awareness of recycling.

Start-ups and entrepreneurs from across Europe with a business idea related to turning waste into a resource are invited to apply until 15th September.

Why Enter?

For a start, in addition to increasing the profile of the green economy, entrepreneurs will benefit from networking with green industry experts and meeting valuable new business contacts. Scott Butler, Regional Director UK and Ireland at European Recycling Platform (ERP), explained the benefits further:Green Alley Award 2014, Eco Start Ups

“The Green Alley Award will be a great opportunity for UK green economy start-ups not only to benefit from know-how in the German market but also to boost their business across Europe”.

Jan Patrick Schulz, CEO of Green Alley Investment GmbH and early initiator of the Green Alley Award discusses the importance of linking the leading start-up cities of London and Berlin:

“We want to connect start-ups and entrepreneurs with great green ideas. We believe that linking London’s well established successful entrepreneurial ecosystem with Berlin’s rapidly growing young start-up scene creates high potential for significant innovation in Europe”.Green Alley Award 2014, Upcycling

Competition finalists will be invited to Berlin on the 4th November to participate in a one-day learning and networking event. During individual workshops competitors will learn how to start up, finance and boost a green business. All finalists are expected to pitch their business idea to an expert jury who will then select the winner of the Green Alley Award 2015. The winner receives a package of prize money and other additional benefits worth up to £14.470 as well as the opportunity to pitch for either investment or crowdfunding.


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