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Presented by the Victorian Circular Activator and supported by Sustainability Victoria.

Circular Impact Academy

Join a cohort of changemakers and turn your sustainability challenge into a circular solution in just 6 weeks!

Circular Impact Academy is designed to give people who are current students or alumni of Victorian universities the entrepreneurial skills to build business ideas to make our local and global community more sustainable. This program will give you a deeper knowledge of the circular economy, develop your aptitude in venture creation and set you up to make change.

As well as course content designed to help you understand how to build a circular startup, over 6 weeks the Circular Impact Academy prepares you for a 
pitch competition where you could win a share of a $1500 cash prize pool.

Applications close on 11.59pm Thursday 22 June 2023.

Circular Impact Academy starts on Thursday 29 June 2023

Build skills in the circular economy and make real change with your ideas.

What's involved?
We'll support you with workshops, mentors and a cohort who will help you along the way. Each step in the course designed to help you identify sustainability problems and explore circular solutions.

Pitch competition

Circular Impact Academy builds up to a pitch event where you'll showcase your idea to circular champions from Victorian Circular Activator.

Connect with mentors
Throughout the program you'll connect with successful circular economy leaders, entrepreneurs, and experts who can share their real-world experience and advice.

Who can apply?

The following factors will be considered when you apply. 

  • You must be passionate about sustainability and creating change through the circular economy!

  • 3rd or 4th year students or postgraduates currently enrolled at any university in Victoria

  • Alumni or staff of Victorian universities

  • Solo participants or teams of up to five people

If you have an idea that you are already working on, it must be self-funded and pre-revenue (i.e. has received less than $3,000 from investors, customers, prize money or grants). Research funding is exempt.

Not sure if you fit the profile
We encourage you to apply and if we need to clarify any of your criteria, we'll follow up with you. If you want to check anything before you submit, 
contact us.

When is the program?

This 6-week program takes place 29 June - 3 August 2023. 

Weekly workshops: 5:30pm-7pm Thursday

Weekly mentoring: 5pm-5:45pm Tuesday​​

Start your circular economy journey.

If you have any questions, please email us here.

Circular Impact Agency is created in partnership with

Mentoring Dates

  • 4 July: Online

  • 11 July: Online

  • 18 July: Online

  • 25 July: Online

  • 1 August: Online

Workshop Dates

  • 29 June :In-person (RMIT City)

  • 6 July: Online

  • 13 July: Online

  • 20 July: Online

  • 27 July: Online

  • 3 August: In-person (RMIT City)

Looking for inspiration? 

Meet the people driving circular change in their startups
and businesses, in new and innovative ways.

Videos prepared in partnership with Sustainability Victoria

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