greenlab: call for candidates 2020
Do you have a green project for Brussels? Join our accelerator programme for sustainable start-ups and see it emerge for free in just six months!
Financed by the Brussels-Capital Region and led by hub.brussels, the greenlab accelerator programme is intended to stimulate the development of green entrepreneurship in Brussels and to give future entrepreneurs the tools they need to create theirsustainable enterprise.
The agenda? Personalised coaching, themed workshops, expert consultancy by subject matter and, of course, some time in the countryside.
Answers to all of your questions about hub.brussels’ sustainable accelerator.
Who can join the greenlab accelerator?
The greenlab accelerator programme is open to anyone wishing to create their start-up, in Brussels, in the fields of the environment and the circular economy:
- recent graduate or last-year student
- worker with any status
The workshop schedules have been planned to ensure that they can be combined with a full-time job. Which explains why 50% of participants have full-time jobs!
What are the prerequisites for participating in Greenlab?
The only prerequisites to take part in the programme are as follows:
- Your project’s activity must be based in Brussels
- Your project must have a positive environmental impact
- Your project must be innovative
- You must commit to consistent and conscientious participation in the programme
- You must commit to being present for all key programme events (stay in the countryside, awards ceremony, etc.)
What are the benefits of joining the sustainable incubator?
In addition to being free, the programme provides participants with many benefits:
- Limited risk thanks to practical project testing;
- Presentation of a professional and convincing business plan to investors;
- The acquisition of durable entrepreneurial skills;
- Membership in a unique network of entrepreneurs and coaches in the environment and circular economy sectors.
After six months of coaching, candidates are invited to pitch their project to a large audience during the greenlab grand finale.
During this prestigious event with significant media coverage, the candidates with the best projects have a chance to win one of the three following awards:
The greenlab.brussels award
- Three months of rent in the Greenbizz incubator
- An exclusive spot to pitch your project at the Be Angels forum
- Tailored support during the first two years following your project launch, via the MaxiFly pass provided by mybusinesspass.brussels.
- Personalised coaching for a crowdfundingcampaign with Growfunding-bxl
The Triodos award
- A gift of €2,500 from Banque Triodos to the project which best reflects its societal values
The Public’s prize
- An all-inclusive stand at Bucolic Brussels, which takes place every year in September during the car-free Sunday. It provides great visibilityto the winning project and the chance to reach a new audience.
How is the greenlab programme circular?
greenlab includes a sustainable and circular aspect beginning with the initial planning for the business model and throughout the preparation of the company project.
The goal of the circular economy is to rethink the so-called “linear(extract, product, consume) model and to design a positive and regenerating alternative at different stages of the business model.
This is the case for:
- Lili Bulk and its zero-waste jars,
- Simone a Soif! and its home-made hydrolades,
- Tale Me and its baby and pregnancy clothes for rent.
How does the greenlab programme work in practice?
During the first six first months of 2020, about 15 teams of one to four people with complementary skills will be given support each week to create their future sustainable start-up.
The cycle includes collective workshops, work sessions, personalised coaching and access to a panel of experts on various topics.
- The collective workshops are held on Wednesday nights (except during school holidays) from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at our partner Greenbizz. Two Saturday mornings are also included (see the schedule).
- A weekend in the countryside will take place in the Brussels periphery on the first weekend of February, from Saturday morning to Sunday mid-afternoon.
- The personalised coaching is provided as follows: each project is assigned a dedicated coach and is entitled to eight hours of coaching, scheduled according to the availability of the entrepreneurs and coaches over the six months of the programme.
- Consulting with the subject experts is à la carte, depending on project needs and progress.