Rethinking Plastic

About Us

We are passionate about connecting climate innovators from different fields and committed to build a strong climate innovation community in Hungary. KIK provides a knowledge-sharing and networking platform which is open for individuals who are willing to change our future and contribute to tackle the challenges of climate change.


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Through the insight of our startup programmes, we help idea owners to transform their greentech ideas into climate-positive businesses. Since 2013 we have supported more than 150 startups, provided more than 1000 mentoring hours and distributed more than €750k among the best Hungarian greentech startups.

Our newly launched accelerator, the Startup Plastic Surgery, focuses on fighting against climate change through a complete life cycle recognition of plastic.


Do you have an innovative solution for the usage or the substitution of plastic?

In the Startup Plastic Surgery 2020 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:


  • System innovation and business model innovation through the production, recycling and re-use cycle of plastic;
  • Innovation for the development of a plastic substitute product e.g.: innovative packaging;
  • New technologies in the plastic industry;
    Initiatives targeting to change consumer habits related to the use of plastic products.

Now it is your turn. Develop your idea and get connected with industry specific professionals.

During the 4-month long incubation, through the framework of business coaching sessions, industry-specific consultations and workshops we help you to finalize your business model and validate your market. The programme ends with a pitch competition at the ÖKOINDUSTRIA green expo, which is the leading international green economy expo in Central Europe for environmental technologies, products and services. During the competition the teams present their innovative product or service with their progress through the programme in front of an expert jury. Based on their evaluation the best startups can be awarded with a fast track investment opportunity by HIVENTURES (15 million HUF).


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
  • At the end of the programme you can pitch your idea at ÖKOINDUSTRIA the leading international green economy expo in Central Europe for environmental technologies
  • 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.

The 2020 application is closed. Next application period opens: 2021 spring.

The 2020 Startup competition will be held on November 5, within the framework of ÖKOINDUSTRIA.

Follow the competition online and vote for your favourite team!

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Bussiness to Bussiness

Our partners

PANNON Pro Innovation Ltd.

PANNON is a private consultancy providing a wide range of innovation management and entrepreneurship support activities. Our key topics are sustainability, energy, climate change, carbon neutrality and bioeconomy. As a strategic consultancy dedicated to low carbon economy transition, we support our clients to become innovative, marketable and resilient. We actively assist academic, public and private organizations in their own efforts to host local and regional climate innovation ecosystems.

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Hiventures is an investment fund management company that provides seed, pre-seed and growth investments through its venture capital programs. Hiventures’ mission is to support the cutting-edge ideas of freshly established startups and innovative businesses, to strengthen the entrepreneurial culture and protect the values of its community.

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Hungarian Association Of Environmental Enterprises

The association is a professional organisation for public benefit that acts in line with the principles of environmental protection. The Association has a wide variety of members that enables the association to be the strategic partner of the government and international organizations. HAEE members are companies providing environmental services, R&D institutes, manufacturers and distributors who are actively searching for the most up-to-date solutions for the national and international environmental issues, like: water supply & treatment, waste treatment & recovery, air pollution control, soil remediation, noise & vibration reduction.

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MasterCard, Inc. is a technology company, which is engaged in the global payments industry. The company connects consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses worldwide, enabling them to use electronic forms of payment instead of cash and checks.

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Silent Rock

Silent Rock aims to help its clients to become successful and investment-ready ventures through the long run, it supports the startups during capital raising. It examines the areas where there is a lack of knowledge or experience in case of the startup team and seeks to provide support in these areas at the highest possible level, therefore the startups can receive all the professional background support they need through their development.

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Rati Ltd.

Rati is a family owned company, founded 30 years ago. Our main profile is development and production of retrofit, optional armrests. Developing our own products has been the company’s main strategic direction since 2006. We are committed to finding and implementing creative solutions to European lifestyles and driving habits. For us, Rati is a creative space where the bubbly start-up feeling is perfectly balanced with the automotive quality standards, and the family traditions with the multicultural processes.

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Supporting partners

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

Greentech startups

Get to know our startups with this overview about some of the best greentech teams in our portfolio.


On-demand car cleaning service (on the spot) without wasting any water by using a nanotechnology-based rectifier. Customers can order the cleaning service anytime, anywhere. The service providers arrive to the spot with bicycles to reduce their CO2 emission. With the usage of their nanotechnology no water waste is generated during the car wash.

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They help everyday dog owners to become more conscious dog parents with their insect protein-based dog foods and biscuits. The production of their sustainable products has ten times lower water demand than the general beef-based dog foods with similar nutrition content and it is healthier.

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Swappis aims to serve the circular economy by providing a take-back scheme for clothes and fashion accessories. They collect good quality preowned, high quality clothes from locals and resell them locally within the same shop. For their handed clothes people receive points that give them shopping credit, which they can use as a 50% discount on all items in the shop.

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BLOCK creates a more connected and secure cycling experience that fosters the development of Smart Cities and is also beneficial for its clients and users.The team is on a mission to eradicate bike theft and popularize urban cycling through the use of technology and innovation. They created the Fort Knox of bike racks with the corresponding free smartphone application, where the true uniqueness of their business lies.

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Take out, Bring in Foodbox

Their goal is to prevent single-use plastic waste generated by the restaurant industry. They provide standardized, durable, stainless steel food boxes that are collected and distributed to restaurants and catering businesses after their commercial cleaning. Through the support of the Heroes of Responsible Dining Foundation, all participating businesses receive additional promotion.

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Growberry is an automatic indoor plant-growing device, which can produce complex fruits and vegetables at premium quality all year round, no matter the season or the weather. It establishes a closed and controlled atmosphere with lower water demand. This urban gardening solution is optimized for the needs of the given plant in order to maximize yields in a sustainable way.

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The unique combination of vermicomposter and vertical home garden is a sustainable and creative solution for anyone’s balcony or flat. Through the process of vermicomposting, earthworms transform your organic waste into nutrient rich vermicompost, which you can use at your home garden. In addition, the vermicomposter allows for herbs, small fruits, vegetables or decorative plants to be grown directly in the built-in vertical garden beds with utilizing the organic nutrients from the fresh vermicompost, which guarantee their healthy and rapid growth.

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Raw Fiction

The textile industry residue can be considered as waste or as a potential raw material that carries new possibilities. If we use its original qualities while redefining it, and add some further qualities when processing, we can reveal new areas of use. They develop acoustic panels from wool waste that can be found in the region, thanks to the soundproofing qualities of the base material. The new technology leads to a way of material development, where the raw material presents itself in an utterly new character and becomes suitable for interior design purposes.

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Their aim is the development of a new technology through the production of bio-based, 100% biodegradable drinking straws and cutlery to decrease the plastic pollution.
Their first product is the entirely organic wheat straw that has been used decades ago. This product complies with all applicable health regulations and is considered to be completely environmentally friendly through its complete life-cycle, as it is 100% biodegradability after use.

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Végh Alexandra

Végh Alexandra

Programme manager

Deme Ágnes

Deme Ágnes

Project manager