Bridging the Skills Gap for a Transition Towards Circularity

Circular Design Camp at LOOP Forum: Empowering the Younger Generation

To accelerate a circular transition, it is crucial with a strong workforce with the necessary skills and competences – a motivated workforce that is not only hopeful but also empowered to drive real change.

To spark innovation and rethink traditional business practices, we recognize the invaluable contribution of the YOUNGER GENERATION.

In today's labor market, facing shortages, it's imperative to prepare the future workforce for a complex transition. With support from Industriens Fond and in collaboration with Regndans we are bringing Circular Design Camp to LOOP Forum this April.

This initiative aims to bridge the skills gap by providing a platform for ambitious students and young entrepreneurs - to collaborate with Danish companies - and pitch circular ideas solving the most pressing climate challenges in their businesses.

During a three-day case competition 200 students and entrepreneurs will gain invaluable insights and deep dive into the skills and knowledge essential for a circular economy.

Photo credit: Circular Design Camp 2023

Why is circularity important for all of us?

We are consuming the Earth's resources at a rate that exceeds nature's ability to replenish them. These resources are essential for producing items like clothing, electronics, furniture, medicine, buildings, and vital infrastructure such as energy and electricity. To ensure continued access to these products, we must shift away from a TAKE-MAKE-WASTE culture and transition to a society where resources are utilized responsibly, with zero waste.

How do we create a climate-friendly society?

The EU and UN have identified the circular economy as crucial for creating a climate-friendly society. By continuously utilizing our resources, we can decrease emissions and safeguard the environment. Companies must rethink their business model on resource and material usage across all stages - from material selection and product design to production, packaging, distribution, and taking products back.

What is the dilemma in the circular transition?

A significant challenge in transitioning to a circular economy is the shortage of skills. It is imperative that we ensure the future workforce possesses the requisite knowledge, skills, courage, and optimism. This will enable companies to access a greater pool of individuals who understand circular principles and can develop innovative solutions and circular business models.

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About Circular Design Camp

Circular Design Camp is a three-day case competition that unites ambitious students, young entrepreneurs, and leading companies to explore innovative circular ideas aimed at solving tangible challenges faced by companies.
How does it take place?

In groups, students and entrepreneurs will find circular solutions to the companies’ challenges driven by a design process. The camp is sprinkled with professionally skilled and inspiring speakers, while trainers, experts and companies assist with sparring during the process.
Who is it for?

We welcome all ambitious entrepreneurs and students - regardless of field of study. Selected ambitious companies who are comitted to creating concrete action are given the opportunity to make a case available and participate during the event.
What’s in it for you?

• Win the main prize of DKK 25.000
• Get hands-on insights into circular economy
• Learn design methods in relation to company challenges
• Showcase your talent to ambitious companies
• Winners will be exposed on the main stage at LOOP Forum
• Put participation and results on your CV
• Be a Circular Change Maker
How to sign up?

Are you a student or a young entrepreneur and want to be part of this? There's a limited number of seats. - first come first served! You can register as a group (4 people) or individually and be assigned a group at the camp.
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