Closing the loop: Innovation for a Circular Economy

On Wednesday 6th December, 2017, Paul Bristow represented Pangloss Labs along with 5 other startups with innovations in the circular economy in Brussels .  We were chosen from across all of the EU to participate in a high-level policy discussion at the European Parliament, hosted by Nespresso and the EU40.

MEPs Franc Bogovic (EPP, Slovenia) and Davor Skrlec (Greens/EFA, Croatia) hosted the roundtable debate preceded by six start-ups that pitched their innovations and spice up the discussion.

The agenda included:

12:30 – 12:50 Networking Lunch
12:50 – 13:15 Dragon’s Den – start-ups’ pitch presenting their innovation including a vote
13:15 – 14:30 High-level discussion

Moderated by Peter Woodward, the high-level discussion aimed at engaging stakeholders in a consumer-focused debate – how to raise awarenessfoster public acceptance among end-users and accelerate transition towards the circular economy.

MEP Seb Dance, VP Mairead McGuinness, MEP Giovanni La Via, MEP Jakop Dalunde and MEP Inmaculada Rodriguez-Piñero introduced circular economy startups from their own country and were joined by MEP Gesine Meissner who spoke at the high-level policy debate, as well as Kęstutis Sadauskas, Director for the Green Economy at DG Environment.

The six startups, selected by Nestlé Nespresso from across Europe, were:

  • Pangloss Labs (France) – 21st century local manufacturing.  See our complete pitch below



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