Circular Economy and Climate Change

A new, climate-conscious and sustainable economy is central to avoid catastrophic climate change. In 2022, Skills for the Future will empower students from across Hungary to innovate new solutions to the challenges posed by climate change with mentorship from industry leaders.

Company Programme 2020-2021

Student teams who registered their business idea in the Company Programme were given the opportunity to find industry mentors and professional support to develop their mini-company. Overall, 211 students worked on 21 mini-companies, developing several business ideas such as:

  • Hair rubber bands from recycled clothes
  • Waste wood lamps
  • Propagation of houseplants
  • Creative use of garden plants (e.g., drying, decorating)

Hungary Idea Camp

The Idea Camp in Hungary was organised in two online editions on 20-21 October and 1-2 December 2021. On both occasions, students took part in a communication training where they learned how to pitch their business ideas. Overall, 102 students, 14 teachers, and 21 business mentors were involved.

This year, the challenges to solve were:

  • First edition: Design a product that complies with modular design principles or a packaging that fits within a circular economy approach.
  • Second edition: Design a product that follows one of the circular economy principles, and show how it reduces the climate impact compared to similar products.

The best ideas presented during the first edition were:

Students came up with the idea of creating a food container made from bamboo and cornstarch. This sustainable packaging is intended to replace single-use plastic, and it can be washed, frozen, and used in the microwave.

Here the idea was to create a home for black soldier flies. The home would be made from textile waste that is generated during manufacturing processes. This insect is very useful and its larvae compost waste, thus producing heat and biomass.

The Cleanly team proposed creating a soap powder that can be diluted in water and used as liquid soap. This way, plastic packaging would be replaced with paper packaging, making the product more sustainable and easier to transport and store.

In the second edition, the best ideas were the following:

The students who won first place in the competition tackled the issue of high avocado consumption and proposed creating low-carbon-footprint-plastic from avocado seeds. This material is envisioned as an environmentally friendly substitute for traditional plastic.

The team proposed developing a lamp with clean design but sophisticated features, such as the possibility to charge a mobile phone. It could be used in hotels and other facilities where customers look for such options.

The basis of this business idea was to collect and sell a large amount of glass waste, batteries, and unnecessarily discarded waste to companies that can reuse these resources.
We Are Looking for Mentors!

Join us and share your knowledge and experience with student teams a few times over the academic year.