Make It Circular Challenge 2023 for Entrepreneurs (€10,000 prize)

Deadline: January 11, 2023

Applications are open for the Make It Circular Challenge 2023 for Entrepreneurs. The Make It Circular Challenge calls on designers, creative entrepreneurs, and startups from around the world to envision and build a circular society.

They invite designers, creative entrepreneurs and startups from around the world to submit ideas and Innovations that radically rethink their way of life: from what they eat and wear, to why they buy and how they build. Using the power of design, they can make a circular future more accessible for all.


  • The winners of the Make it Circular Challenge will take home an award package designed to bring their projects to the next level.
  • They will gain access to a six-month-long development programme which has been co-created by experts from the global Impact Hub network.
  • Winning teams will also receive €10,000 each to invest in their project, as well as valuable press and publicity through WDCD’s channels and those of their partners.


  • Open to designers, creative entrepreneurs, and startups from around the world;
  • They are looking for ambitious, design-led initiatives and start-ups that reduce carbon emissions by cutting waste and rewriting the relationship between people, the planet and all the species who call it home.


At the end of the open call, an international jury will review the best and brightest proposals according to the following criteria.

  • Make It Count! What can you say about the (potential) impact of your idea or initiative? Here, you can help the jury understand the difference you are trying to make by offering some quantitative and/ or qualitative data to back it up.
  • Environmental Impacts: GHG Reduction: Are you able to estimate the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that is produced (or prevented) by your initiative?
  • Circularity: Are you able to demonstrate the amount of resources and/or waste that is saved by your initiative?
  • Do No Harm: Can you tell them about how your initiative regenerates — rather than depletes or pollutes — their natural ecosystems?
  • Cultural ImpactsPolicies: Does your initiative have the potential to influence policies about sustainable production and consumption?
  • Social Norms: How do you imagine it will shift people’s habits and/or attitudes? Can you describe the impact it might have on the way society values things like novelty, growth, and throwaway culture?


Before you begin your application, see the design brief. To submit your project you’ll need a What Design Can Do account. Registering is simple, and requires only an email address and a password.

Click here to apply

For more information, visit Make It Circular Challenge.

By Bello

Ismail Bello is a content creator and enthusiast who is passionate about youth development.