The Circular Economy Challenge


Young Enterprise Scotland is a registered charity which inspires and educates young people from all backgrounds through a range of enterprise and entrepreneurship programmes. Last year they launched the Circular Economy (CE) Challenge, a six-week programme working with primary schools throughout the Glasgow area to introduce young people to the circular economy.

What is included in the programme?

After a visit to Young Enterprise Scotland’s site at Rouken Glen Park where they have initiatives including bike recycling, organic food growing and beekeeping, the children were tasked with creating a circular product or service where nothing is wasted and everything has a value. Pupils also had the opportunity to hear from the programme ambassadors – representatives from businesses leading the transition to the circular economy.

Pitching to the experts

Not only did pupils have the opportunity to create their own business, they also pitched their ideas to a panel of experts and winners were chosen from the 19 participating schools.

3 young entrepreneurs also showcased their circular products at the Circular Economy Hotspot Scotland, an international conference attended by 400 delegates as well as the First Minister of Scotland.

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