Online course in Business & Management

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.

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 4 hours
  • Learn Free
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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 the link between upcycling and the Sustainable Development Goals, and learn about successful international case study examples.

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

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What topics will you cover?

  • Concept of upcycling 
  • Upcycling approaches 
  • Environment and the Sustainable Development Goals 
  • How to set up an upcycling business 
  • Business ideas for upcycling 
  • How to get funding and marketise your products

When would you like to start?

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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?

Sara Calvo

Sara Calvo

Dr Sara Calvo is an educator, trainer and a certified social enterprise advisor that has provided consultancy services for a wide range of organisations in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Andres Morales

Andres Morales

Andres is the co-founder of Minca Ventures Ltd, a Social Enterprise consultant, Video-ethnographer, filmmaker and Researcher and Lecturer at UNIR.

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Who developed the course?

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 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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