Circular South, call for the best circular economy project for the South

Organized by Eiis and Conai, the 10 most promising innovations will be supported by mentors and advisors in a development path

On the go Circular South, the competition to reward the best circular economy project of young talents and startups from the South, organized by Conai (National Packaging Consortium) together with the newborn Solutions Hub of Eiis (European Institute of Innovation for Sustainability). Both startups and companies with a solution in the circular economy and university researchers working on innovative technologies or processes in the same sector can participate in the Circular South challenge.

The 10 most promising innovations will be supported by mentors and advisors in a development and improvement process which will lead them to present themselves at a DemoDay on 22 April in front of an audience of investors and companies looking for solutions to become more sustainable. DemoDay will take place within the Innovation for Sustainability Summit, the major annual event of the Eiis scheduled in Rome at Palazzo Taverna. A jury made up of Conai and various investment funds will decide the winning project with a contribution of 10 thousand euros, useful for the development of the idea.

Applications can be submitted by 26 March 2023. All information is available at

“The challenges of sustainability are clear to everyone, now it’s time to move from analyzes to solutions – says the president of Eiis Carlo Alberto Pratesi – For this, in addition to technical skills, we need creativity and entrepreneurial attitudes present to a large extent in our southern regions. We turn to them with the aim of facilitating the best connections between talents, innovative startups, the world of finance and large companies” .

Italy has been at the top of the rankings in the field of circularity and packaging recycling for years: we have the highest per capita recycling rate in Europe. A result made possible by the synergy between the work of companies, municipalities and the Conai system” declares Luca Ruini, president of Conai.