Bottom-up innovation is needed to scale up the circular transition. The final Game Changer Session on Day 1 will explore how SMEs can overcome barriers to financing circular innovation. The session will identify game changing actions that business owners, financial institutions, investors and policymakers can undertake to ensure SMEs are successful in conceptualizing, financing and manufacturing innovative circular products and businesses. This session will be of interest to small business owners and investors, as well as financial institutions and policymakers.
Organizers: Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, in collaboration with the African Circular Economy Alliance, Circular Economy Coalition for Latin America and the Caribbean, Circular Economy Leadership Canada, and the United Nations Environment Programme.
15:30 Keynote: SMEs as Circular Game Changers
Professor, Western University
‘How To’ Interviews with SMEs
Interview #1: Scaling Circular SMEs
Interview #2: Financing Circular Innovation in SMEs
Interview #3: Scaling Circular Innovation
High-Level Roundtable: Accelerating the Circular SME Transition
Permanent Observer/Ambassador to the United Nations, Geneva, International Chamber of Commerce
Executive Director, SEED, Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development
CEO, Fielding Environmental
Global Director, Center for Sustainable Business World Resources Institute
Global Sustainability Advisor, Corporate Strategy & Sustainability, ABN AMRO Bank