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 200 startups, provided more than 1300 mentoring hours and distributed more than €1 million among the best Hungarian greentech startups.

Startup Plastic Surgery, launched in 2020, 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 2021 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, through the framework of business coaching sessions, industry-specific consultations, workshops and networking event we help you to finalize your business model and validate your market. The programme ends with a pitch competition where teams present their innovative product or service with their progress throughout 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
  • 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.

We will open the application in spring 2022. Contact us if you have any questions by filling out the form (bottom of the page).

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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Rossmann Hungary Ltd.

Rossmann Hungary Ltd. is one of the most dynamically developing drugstore-perfumery networks in Hungary. Sustainability and innovation are key. The company is convinced that environmental and social sustainability can only be achieved if it is actively involved in the local innovation and startup ecosystem.

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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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Nestlé is the largest food & beverages manufacturer globally. Our responsibility is great in providing tastier and healthier choices for the growing population of the world in a way that is affordable and accessible, as well as protects and regenerates natural resources and our planet. We have committed to reach net zero emissions by 2050, and to achieve this target, we are focusing on protecting natural resources, battling climate change, reducing food and packaging waste and protecting our waters. We strive to eliminate all our negative impact on the environment.

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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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KPMG is a leading audit, tax and advisory firm in Hungary. As a firm, we – KPMG – are driven by our Purpose — to inspire confidence and empower change. KPMG is determined to make a positive impact on the world. It is our responsibility to help shape and lead on those critical issues facing the world, where our capabilities make a difference. To create inclusive and fair workplaces, drive sustainable and purposeful growth for our clients, build trust in and harness the power of the capital markets to spur needed innovations, empower the most disadvantaged in our communities and help preserve our planet so future generations can thrive.

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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.

Vilhemp - Use it. Compost it.

Vilhemp developed a material to replace plastic which is eco-friendly and serves its purpose perfectly. One of their ingredients is hemp, obtained from Hungarian hemp farmers coupled with Hungarian technology to manufacture increasingly expanding product range (now straws and cutlery). Their services include collecting their used products from the customers and delivering them to an industrial compost site.

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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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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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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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New production technology that allows the production of affordable PHA bioplastic. Their innovation lies in a genetically modified bacterial strain that differs from today’s market practice. It has a cost-effective production and raw materials extraction.


Furniture rental system with rentable tables and chairs that has highly durable frame and recycled/recyclable plastic seating and storage surface. Their business model also includes warranty maintenance so the customer can constantly receive his guests in intact and beautiful sitting facilities.


Seahorsey is an eco-lifestyle children’s brand. Eco-ethical toys and accessories made from controlled recycled materials, primarily from water bottles and ocean plastic waste.


Eco-friendly packaging and “disposable” materials made using biopolymers and vegetable waste (vegetable husks, seeds or coffee grounds). Their philosophy: “Waste for you, treasure for us”.


Industrial plastic processing machines in a small, aesthetic design, which is suitable for home- individual use, primarily for the processing of household plastic waste.

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Végh Alexandra

Végh Alexandra


Sipos Cintia

Sipos Cintia

Project manager