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Creating Awareness and Skills for Circular Approaches in the Digital Economy

  • Grant Agreement number 2021-2-AT01-KA220-VET-000048800

9 K+

24 months

March 2022 to March 2024

The challenge

Circular economy and the “green transition” need to go hand in hand with digitalization. Digital service companies (SMEs) can create a large impact, if they start developing digital products and services for circular economy. The use of these innovative digital CE tools will in turn enable the “going circular” for their users. The Erasmus+ project CASCADE aims to offer an innovative VET approach for companies in the digital economy to develop projects for digitally supporting circular economy.

The solution

A 10-week digital circular project incubator training program for digital service companies (SMEs) will be developed that targets the full life cycle of innovative circular projects and how to develop a circular project from cradle-to-cradle principles. The training program will consist of five modules:
1. Inspiration and breaking barriers for circular economy,
2. System Innovation methods,
3. Funding and financing options,
4. Project management basics,
5. Proposal management.

Increasing awareness and curiosity for the economic potential and benefits of circular economy in the digital economy

Breaking down barriers for the adoption of circular business approaches through IT-enabled solutions

“Spark innovation” for circular economy in the “digital world”, by training the target group on the full life-cycle of innovative, circular projects

Foster intersectoral, interregional, and international cooperation to develop innovative circular economy projects 

Facilitate the transition to a more circular economy by engaging SMEs to “try out” circular economy in an innovative circular project. To achieve these objectives, CASCADE will create a 10-week digital circular project incubator training program for digital service companies (SMEs)

Outcomes: Key results

  • T6.1 Technical specification of digital environment
  • T6.2 Visual Identity/Graphic Design
  • T6.3 Project Website
  • T6.4 Digital environment
  • T6.5 Translation
  • T6.6 Pilot Test with the target group (3 SMEs per partner – 24 in total) together with the digital training materials (feedback from pilot test)
  • T6.7 Update and finalization

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