Workstream Goal: Create 50 new circular businesses and collaborations by 2025
Solutions happen faster through collaboration. That’s why we’re planning to bring together people with diverse expertise, talent and resources through face-to-face and online collaborations. Together, we’re using data, technology and innovative thinking to solve food system challenges and create new circular businesses, jobs and social enterprises. We’re also creating new training opportunities (particularly for women, youth and marginalized populations) to prepare local residents to work in the new food economy.
So far, our work has included:
- Establishing a circular food economy innovation hub (iHub) to concentrate business development support resources from across the region
- The Seeding Our Food Future microgrant program which has helped 40 new or existing businesses adopt circular approaches as part of our COVID recovery efforts
- Creating the “Harve$t Impact Fund” that (once launched) will support circular enterprises
Moving forward, we plan to launch a series of challenges that help both new and existing businesses accelerate the development of circular business models in Guelph-Wellington.
Join this group to stay up to date on our work and to give your thoughts and ideas on how we can help circular busnesses and collaborations grow.