Free Consultancy Support for Eco-innovators | Circular Ocean

Do you have an idea to develop a new product from fishing nets, ropes or component materials? Are you a start-up or established company that would like advice on how to take your innovation to the next level? Circular Ocean may be able to guide you on the next steps!

Free Consultancy Support Eco-innovators Circular Ocean

Got a good idea you want to develop? Free Consultancy Support for Eco-innovators

Cork County Council Initiative “Macroom E” and Irish partners on the award winning European Circular Ocean project have announced free business advice for start-ups and small/medium-sized companies (SMEs) to support the development of eco-innovative products, technologies and services derived from waste fishing nets, ropes and components (FNRCs). Funded under the ERDF Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) Programme, the focus of the Circular Ocean project is to seek opportunities for recovery and reuse of waste Fishing Nets & Rope, with a view to benefiting local economies.

Circular Ocean’s UK partners at The Centre for Sustainable Design are offering the opportunity to avail of free research and consultancy related to the development, funding, marketing and commercialisation of eco-innovative enterprises derived from waste FNRCs.

Circular Ocean will provide support to eligible individuals and companies based in the NPA region, via email and 1:1 Skype consultations, in addition to a series of monthly open webinars covering topics including Business Models, Research & Development, Marketing, Branding and Crowdfunding based on solid examples related to FNRCs. The next in the series of webinars is takes place on Monday, January 15th, with details available on the website.

Julie Crowley & Michelle Green of Macroom E and partners of the European Circular Ocean Project

The Centre for Sustainable Design (CfSD) consultancy service is based on support provided to over 600 eco-innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), with experience spanning over 25 years’ working on eco-innovation. Advice is industry focused, offering multi-disciplinary innovation skills and access to entrepreneurs, innovators and businesses across established regional, national and international networks.

In addition to highlighting the environmental impacts of waste Fishing Nets, the Circular Ocean project is currently undertaking various streams of research into the potential applications of nets in areas such as wastewater treatment, 3D printing and as a reinforcement material in the construction sector.

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