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Smart and circular in April

We hope you will be able to join us for the next thought leadership event series - Smart and Circular and our upcoming partner events.

This month we're: 

  • Smart and circular for our Melbourne Knowledge Week event 
  • looking forward to upcoming partner events 
  • celebrating those shaping the circular economy with The Circle Awards
  • reminiscing about our recent Melbourne Design Week event
  • exploring options for grants and funding
  • inviting you to get in touch!

Warm regards, 
CEBIC team



Smart and circular at Melbourne Knowledge Week 

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Find out how businesses are using data and technology to design out waste and apply circular business models at our Melbourne Knowledge Week, Smart and Circular event.  

Thursday 29 April 2021
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm 
Melbourne Knowledge Week Digital Hub

Register now

Partner events

Victorian Circular Activator Launch

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Created in collaboration between Circular Economy Victoria, RMIT University, RMIT Activator, Swinburne Data for Social Good Cloud Innovation Centre, Planet Ark, City of Melbourne and others, the VCA is a physical space that supports the existing digital infrastructure underpinning circular innovation in Victoria.  

Join this online launch event to hear the strategic plan for the VCA from the people that are bringing it to life. 

Wednesday 28 April 2021
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm 
Melbourne Knowledge Week Digital Hub 

Register now

Melbourne Circular Future Exhibition

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What does our waste-free future look like? 

Imagine living in a world where resources are never abandoned to become waste. Where everything we consume is designed to flow safely in cycles of production and reproduction. A world where compostable materials are returned to the environment, and those that can’t — like plastics and metals — are circulated in closed-loop systems. 

At this live exhibition, attendees will have the opportunity to explore some of the latest innovations driving Melbourne’s transition towards a circular economy. 

Monday 26 to Friday 30 April 2021
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
RMIT Activator Level 2, Building 98,
102-104 Victoria Street, Carlton, 3053, Melbourne 

Register now

Building a more circular Australia - the opportunity of transitioning to a circular economy 

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Join PwC Australia and the Australian Circular Economy Hub for a free 30-minute webinar that explores the findings of new PwC report ‘Building a More Circular Australia’. You will learn: the projected economic and environmental savings of shifting to a circular model and strategies for activating change in your sector. 

Thursday 29 April 2021
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm 

Register now

Past Events: Highlights

Designing out food waste at Melbourne Design Week 

The event ‘Designing our future using the ‘waste’ of the past was the third in a series of food waste events that the Circular Economy Business Innovation Centre is hosting. It was held as part of the Melbourne Design Week and delivered in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria. 

Attendees both in person and online explored how ‘designing out waste’ can help Victoria meet its target of halving food waste by 2030. 

Our MC and host for the night, Matt Wicking creatively held the space for the audience to imagine what 2030 could be. Setting the scene with the story of being on a cruise ship at sea with climate scientists on board and the challenges that we face as a collective around climate change and food waste.  

Matt led conversations with local food-focused designers and innovators to discuss how to bring Victoria’s zero-waste future into the present and inspire others to eliminate food waste through design. Solutions included: eliminating avoidable food waste and transforming unavoidable food waste through re-designing into new products and re-thinking our food supply chains.  

Our speakers were:  

  • Jordy and Julia Kay, founders of Great Wrap 

  • Matthew Kronberg, founder, and CEO of Grain Stone  

  • Kate Dundas, Director of Strategic Foresight and Research, Sustainability Victoria 

The speakers shared their vision of how to halve food waste by 2030.

Final Summary Highlights   

The final advice and insights of the panel speakers about what businesses and individuals can do to get on to the path to food waste reduction by 2030 included: 

  • There are people with great innovations over here and others with great business skills – we need to link those up.  

  • Everyone has skills they can use to solve environmental problems. 

  • Everything has been designed; we can redesign everything – every small decision we make can get us towards our desired future. The accumulation of all our little decisions will have an impact. 

  • Food consumption trends are moving towards healthy, sustainable trends – jump on board! 

  • To reach your goals, you will need to ask embarrassing questions and look and feel awkward – be okay with that.  

The illustration by Rasalia Humpreh was done in real time to capture key questions and answers raised at the event of what food waste would look like in 2030.  

Illustration capturing questions and answers of the panel speaker discussion of what food waste will look like in 2030. Copyright Rasalila Humphrey.

Grants and funding

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application for both the Recycling Victoria Innovation Fund and for Recycling Victoria Business Support Fund. Approved grant projects will be announced later this year. 

Future funding will be advertised on CEBIC'S grants and funding page and on Sustainability Victoria's grants and funding page.

The CSIRO’s Innovation Connections service could help your business to understand your research needs, find the right research expertise – and could even provide you with funding support. The service is part of the Entrepreneurs’ Programme offered by the Australian Government. 

The Jobs Victoria Fund supports employers to grow and recover while helping Victorians looking for work into steady jobs. If you are a Victorian employer ready to take on new staff, the Jobs Victoria Fund can financially support you to employ people who have been most affected by the economic impacts of the pandemic. 

Recognition awards 

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The Circle Awards 2021 AUS & NZ

Submissions are now open for the 2021 Circle Awards, bringing together businesses, organisations, projects and people that are adopting circular practices to create a world where nothing goes to waste. 
Winners will receive recognition from a world-class judging panel for their contributions to shaping the circular economy, along with opportunities to connect and collaborate with a community of like-minded people. While the winner of the People's Choice award will also receive a media package worth $25K. 
Submissions are open to individuals, small groups of collaborators, companies or individuals working within companies. Categories include Food and Drink, Events, Art and Design, Lifestyle and Technology, Health and Beauty and Fashion to name a few. Learn about the Circle Awards.

Applications close Friday 14 May 2021 (early bird until 11 May 2021)  

Get in touch 

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Do you have a burning question? Or simply looking to meet the team? Grab a time for a quick chit-chat! We'd love to meet you and hear about your circular economy goals. Book a one-to-one meeting
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