• The CircularInnoBooster project and its accelerator is presented in Brussels at a debate on youth and circular economy in the framework of the Erasmus+ CEYOU project.
  • On the occasion of the European Year of Youth, Finnova’s Nextalentgeneration EU information platform to promote the employability and training of young people was unveiled.

Brussels, 17.02.2022

The Finnova Foundation has participated this Wednesday, February 16th in a conference on youth and their awareness of the circular economy in the framework of the Erasmus+ CEYOU (Circular Economy for Youth) project organized by the Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource Management. Paula Antón, translator at the Finnova Foundation, participated in the event, held at the Solbosch Campus of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, to introduce the CircularInnoBooster project and its accelerator CirCoAx.

During the event, there was a debate on the tools provided to young people to participate and empower them in local circular initiatives. As well as on the measures that are being carried out to drive the transformation towards circular models and the needs of youth to understand and act on environmental actions.

Paula Antón, representing the Finnova Foundation, explained what the Spanish-Belgian Foundation is, what its areas of specialization are and the initiatives launched such as the Startup Europe Awards. This initiative is promoted by the European Commission to foster the business ecosystem of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) entrepreneurs, so that their ideas and businesses can begin to grow and establish themselves in the European Union.

Circular economy in the textile sector: CircularInnoBooster and the accelerator CirCoAx

Paula Antón presented CircularInnoBooster and its accelerator CirCoAx, a project funded by the Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) that seeks to stimulate the transition of SMEs in the textile and fashion sector towards regenerative, circular and sustainable businesses from a collaborative approach.

She also explained the foundation’s Next Textile Generation initiative, which aims to disseminate relevant information on the textile and sustainable fashion industry through an online platform.

Initiatives in the European Year of Youth

Coinciding with the European Year of Youth, Paula Antón presented the European initiative Nextalentgeneration EU, which aims to create a European alliance that brings together different types of entities on an information platform to offer training opportunities within the EU. In this way, transnational mobility is promoted while improving the employability and training of young people.

In this context, the EU Training Platform, an e-learning platform of the Finnova Foundation for courses on EU funds, circular economy and European funding programmes, among others, were introduced.

About the Finnova Foundation (https://finnova.eu/en/home_eng/)

European foundation for innovation funding based in Brussels whose objectives are to promote public-private cooperation through innovation to address societal challenges such as employment, training, entrepreneurship, the UN SDGs, circular economy, etc. Finnova organizes the Startup Europe Awards, an initiative of the European Commission and the Finnova Foundation, to recognize the best European startups in the social field.