September 2018

Tuesday, 4 September 2018 - Tuesday, 25 September 2018 - Thursday, 11 October 2018


CIRCO Workshop Track – Mattresses

About 30-40% of the used and collected mattresses in the Netherlands is recycled. The remaining 60-70% is burned. The government wants the industry to work on this waste problem and has the objective of getting the recycling percentage at 90% in 2030. This requires cooperation in the chain and new solutions for the circular design of the mattress, including the application of circular business models.

CIRCO invites mattress and bed manufacturers, suppliers of (raw materials for) mattress materials, large retailers, collectors and recyclers to work on future-proof mattresses based on the principles of the circular economy.


The Track consists of three workshops of a day. During the first day (initiate), you will dive into the philosophy of the circular economy. In the second session (ideate), we will work on circular design strategies and business models: the collected insights will be processed into potential circular products and services. Finally, in the third workshop (implement) you will prepare for the realization, starting with identifying the best concept from the previous workshop. We will discuss the technical and commercial feasibility, consequences for the operational management and the circular impact.

De Track is led by CIRCO-trainers Ingeborg Gort-Duurkoop (Partners for Innovation) and Stella van Himbergen (DDiD).

Practical information

Participants: 10 companies can participate, with two people of each company: someone who is involved at strategic level (business development/marketing/sales) and a second participant who is involved in product design and/or development.

Costs: participation costs €500,- excl. VAT per company. The regular price is €2000,- excl. VAT. The reduced tariff is provided by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.

Data & time: 4 and 25 September and 11 October, 09.00 – 17.30.

For more information, contact Ingeborg Gort-Duurkoop or visit the CIRCO website.

October 2018

Thursday, 4 October 2018

RDM Onderzeebootloods, Rotterdam Zuid

Innovation Expo 2018

Global challenges, Dutch solutions

On 4 October, the Innovation Expo 2018 will be held in the RDM Onderzeebootloods (former submarine construction hall) in Rotterdam. In one big living lab, you will experience the latest trends and innovations concerning the safety, liveability and accessibility of our country. Partners for Innovation is exhibitor at the Innovation Expo.

During the expo, you will see Dutch solutions for major social challenges in the areas of circular economy, energy, water, mobility, built-up environment, health, food and key technologies. The business community, knowledge institutes, social organisations and governmentals meet up and show their innovations to a broad national and international audience. Partners for Innovation participates in the subject ‘circular economy’.

All Dutch and international participants are jointy dedicated to accelerating innovations. The expo is organized on behalf of five ministries.

Read more about the expo, the program or register on the website of the Innovation Expo 2018.