The Startup Plastic Surgery program is the first and only startup incubation program in Hungary that focuses on fighting against climate change through a complete life cycle recognition of plastic. We created the program together with the Climate Innovation Community (KIK), with whom we have been developing and implementing greentech accelerator programs for more than 8 years.
KIK provides a knowledge-sharing and contact-making interface for all those who want to do something for a carbon-neutral future through their habits and relationship system. Together, we are dedicated to help and support emerging startups, thinkers and individuals who want to enter the market with their greentech idea. You can find more information about the Climate Innovation Community through this link.
Since 2013, we have supported more than 200 startups, during which we provided them with more than 1,800 hours of coaching and mentoring support, and distributed 1 million euros of non-refundable support among the best teams.
The first season of Startup Plastic Surgery program was launched in 2020, which focuses on innovative solutions appearing throughout the entire life cycle of plastic.
Do you have an innovative solution for the usage or the substitution of plastic?
In the Startup Plastic Surgery 2022 programme we work together with innovators who have a feasible solution for the environmental and health problems caused by plastic. We support these ideas and solutions with industry specific mentoring and business coaching in their development into a market-ready enterprise.
We are looking for ideas, who are offering innovative solutions in the following areas:
- Substitution materials for plastic e.g.: new sustainable packages;
- Technological innovation especially in the catering and food industry;
- System innovation and business model innovation through the production, recycling and re-use cycle of plastic;
- Initiatives encouraging behavioural changes in plastic use.
Now it is your turn!
Develop your idea and get connected with industry specific professionals:
During the 4-month-long incubation our Startup Plastic Surgery program provides business coaching, industry-specific professional support, workshops and networking events, to help you finalize your business model and validate your market. The entire programme ends with a pitch competition, during which the teams are evaluated by a professional jury and Hiventures offers an accelerated investment opportunity worth HUF 15 million to the best ones. In addition, the teams can win other valuable prizes, such as sponsorship opportunities, product shelf placement, or professional mentoring.
Why should you apply to the Startup Plastic Surgery?
- You can learn from the best business mentors and consult with industry specific experts as well
- You can participate at industry specific and business workshops
- The success of your business is just your success, you do not have to give market share in return for the programme participation
- You can meet local industry players and start cooperations at the networking event
- At the end of the programme you can pitch your idea at the pitch competition
- The most promising startups can receive investment opportunity by the venture capital HIVENTURES
Who can apply?
Anyone with an innovative idea related to plastic;
Teams with at least 2 active members;
Startups with or without any active market activities.
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Become a partner
Partner up to speed things up. We keep expanding our impact on a local scale. We need partners that support us in that mission.
In return you get massive marketing & PR opportunities, access to early stage green start-ups, and so much more:
- Maximum visibility among start-ups, investors, business and the academic circles.
- Access to the network of like-minded people and leading innovators in the greentech area.
- Build or strenghten your reputation as an organization that actively supports sustainability and the UN SDG goals.
- Immerse yourself in the refreshing vibe of start-up energy.
- Scout start-ups that suit your (investment) goals before anyone else does.
Find all partnership perks, benefits and options in this handy PDF
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