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Upcycling: From Green Ideas to Starting a Business

Explore the concept of upcycling, its link to sustainable development, and how you can start your own upcycling business.

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Upcycling: From Green Ideas to Starting a Business

Understand upcycling, how to make upcycling products and start up a company

Have you ever turned unwanted objects or waste materials into entirely new products? Upcycling is the ideal way to combine creative ideas with a passion for sustainability and entrepreneurship.

On this course, you will learn how to apply the key concepts of upcycling to real-life practice. You will explore how to start upcycling, the link between upcycling and the Sustainable Development Goals, and learn about successful case study examples.

You will also get inspired by business upcycling ideas, receive guidance on how to start your own company, and learn how to fund and market your products.

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Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Addressing the world’s environmental challenges

    • Let's get started

      The next steps should give you a flavour of how this course works and what it will cover. You will meet the Course Leaders and be able to introduce yourself too.

    • Environmental Challenges and Realities

      In the next steps we will discuss and reflect about the main environmental challenges we are facing as a society.

    • Understanding Upcycling

      In the next steps we will discuss about the concept of upcycling and will clarify the differences between upcycling and recycling, the circular and the linear economy.

  • Week 2

    Hands on Upcycling

    • Sustainable Fashion Design

      The next steps should give you a flavour of how to make products related to sustainable fashion design. You will see examples of different products made out of trash.

    • Industrial Design

      The next steps should give you a flavour of how to make industrial design related products. You will see examples of different products made out of trash.

    • Creating Ideas

      The next steps should give you a flavour of the importance of creating ideas and sharing them with your team and key stakeholders.

  • Week 3

    Turning Ideas into Action

    • Idea Validation

      This section provides resources for getting a better understanding of idea validation and the relevance of connecting the problem with the business idea.

    • Marketing and Funding Sources

      How to bring good branding and marketing and examine different pathways for getting funding for your upcycling business, and how these vary based on the business model.

    • Conclusions

      These final steps provide a course review and resources for the Upcycling for Change course.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Reflect on what upcycling is and its relation to sustainable development
  • Explore how to evaluate upcycling in the context of global and local environmental problems
  • Assess different ways of creating products out of trash
  • Identify different upcycling business models
  • Reflect on the steps to start up an upcycling company

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone looking to start their own upcycling company or who are interested in entrepreneurship, eco-friendly businesses and sustainability.

Who will you learn with?

Expert in Sustainability and Social Enterprise. She is the co-founder of Minca Ventures Ltd, a certified coach and has experience providing consultancy services for social businesses across the globe.

Andres is the co-founder and COO of Minca Ventures Ltd. He is an expert in Sustainability, Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

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Who developed the course?

Minca Ventures

Minca Ventures Ltd supports social innovation & social enterprises across the globe. The company offers consultancy, sustainable business modelling, training and educational courses, research, filmmaking, and storytelling communication strategies.

Hands of Honour

Hands of Honour is a charitable organisation based in Cape Town working to create employment opportunities for men in marginalised communities by upcycling corporate waste.

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