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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsHello, I'm Sara. I'm the co-founder of a social enterprise company called Minca Ventures Limited. I've been working in sustainable business as an educator and a business consultant, travelling and documenting more than 100 projects in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. I'm very excited to welcome you to this course on upcycling business. This programme is the result of a partnership project called Upcycling 4 Change that aims to encourage people to set up their own upcycling companies. We have done our first version of Upcycling 4 Change in Cape Town, South Africa, targeting promising entrepreneurs and young people. Later in the course, you will have the chance to learn about some of the projects they are developing. Hi. My name is Andres.

Skip to 1 minute and 4 secondsI am the co-founder of Minca Ventures Limited. My experience working as a social enterprise consultant, as well as an educator, has made an impact on me. It has grounded in me a belief that we have the power to change the future. I started Minca Ventures with the objective of showcasing inspired social entrepreneurs worldwide, to research films and blogs. For this course, we are bringing you examples of upcycling companies from all over the world. We hope seeing these examples will inspire you to start your own upcycling business. We invite you to be part of that change.

Skip to 1 minute and 48 secondsThis week we're learn how we are addressing some of the most pressing environmental challenges we face as a society. From the global challenges to the local challenges, we will analyse how upcycling is an effective environmental problem solver. In the second week, we'll explore how to make things out of trash using upcycling. In week 3, we will look at how to set up an upcycling business, from the different models organisations can take, to the different narratives that drives them forward against the odds, and the challenges they face along the way. We will look at examples from across the globe.

Welcome to the Course

Why join the course?

As nations and cities urbanize, develop economically, and grow in terms of population, the World Bank estimates that waste generation will increase from 2.01 billion tonnes in 2020 to 3.40 billion tonnes in 2050. At least 33% of this waste is mismanaged globally today through open dumping or burning.

How can you turn an upcycling idea into action? This course is a must for anyone who wants to learn about upcycling and or launch an upcycling business.

Over the next three weeks, you will learn about the concept of upcycling, identify the environmental problem your idea is trying to solve, design your venture model and prepare to take it to the market. You will also learn how to make things out of trash. We have brought examples of upcycling businesses from all over the world. Successful Entrepreneurs will give you advice and recommendations on how to develop your own upcycling business idea and you will have the opportunity to pitch for mentoring support from our experts.

What topics will you cover?

  • Environmental problems
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Upcycling versus Recycling
  • The Circular and the Linear Economy
  • Idea validation
  • Business models for upcycling businesses
  • Tools to develop a business model
  • Building a team
  • The core components of marketing
  • Connecting and networking
  • Funding sources for upcycling business
  • Pitching an upcycling business idea

Prove what you have learned with a Certificate

If you want a record of your course, you can buy a Certificate of Achievement from FutureLearn.

The Certificate of Achievement is a great way to prove what you have learned on the course. This is a personalised certificate and transcript, detailing the syllabus and learning outcomes from the course. It comes as a printed certificate as well as a digital version which you can add to your LinkedIn profile. To qualify, you must have marked at least 90% of the steps in the course complete.

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Upcycling: From Green Ideas to Starting a Business

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