LOOP finds the best partners from across the globe to create world-changing ventures. We serve each partner individually, tailoring our support to their specific goals. Some need new partners, others are looking to boost their venture development, while others might need funding and new contacts.
Below are some examples or our current venture activities - we would love to see you on the list!
Children's outwear manufacturer Reima has ventured out for an As-a-service model this spring! Our kids need sturdy overalls, hats and gloves for their outdoor adventures, but buying the right items is time consuming and expensive. Re-selling or re-cycling the used garments is another big chore.
What if we could offer a model where you get just the right fit and purpose for your child and do not have to worry about the second life of the clothing? Pilot is ongoing, visit https://www.reima.com/fi/play to learn more!
Sustainable milk production and circular economy are both very important to Valio, who has been a LOOP partner since early 2018. Within LOOP, Valio is investigating circular solutions across a variety of themes. These include new types of snacks from various sustainable raw materials, fibre-based alternatives for plastic packaging as well as solutions for the whole dairy chain.
Kesko has scored highly on the "100 most sustainable companies in the world" list by Corporate Knights. in 2018, Kesko made it onto the list at rank 31, named the most sustainable trading sector company in the world. The critical goals for Kesko and its stakeholders are Responsible Consumption and Production, Decent Work and Economic Growth and Climate Action. In LOOP Kesko is building a service model for sustainable products to make it easier - and also more economical - for customers to choose products that are good for the people and the planet.
Unilever is committed to have only reusable, recyclable or compostable plastic packaging by 2025. In addition to this, the weight of packaging in Unilever products will be decreased by a third by 2020 and the amount of recycled plastic used in packaging increased to a minimum of 25% by 2025.
Due to these commitments Unilever is looking for new ways to collect plastic and find new business models to help Unilever achieve its goals. In LOOP, Unilever is teaming up with Kesko, Paperinkeräys and Orthex for the first pilot.
After decades of teaching Finland how to recycle paper and collecting other waste to be properly recycled, Paperinkeräys is looking to find new ways to support the circular economy. In the LOOP Venture with Kesko, Unilever and Orthex Paperinkeräys will resolve the issue of both delivering the ordered products and taking them back to Orthex for reuse.
Orthex Group has a long history in creating high quality plastic products, also from recycled plastic mass. In the LOOP Venture with Kesko, Unilever and Paperinkeräys Orhex will take the used plastic packages of our Washing Cycle products and turn them into new plastic products from buckets to container boxes and plant pots.
Lahti University of Applied sciences fosters a campus with hundreds of students, event visitors and partners daily, providing each with healthy food. The problem is, on a daily basis it is hard to predict how much food is consumed daily. LAMK is teaming up with growth company Foller creating an application to collect, learn & predict customer data.
As the biggest public research organization in the Nordics, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has an outstanding track record in developing ideas that deliver real impact. Paptic, Spinnova and Infinited Fibre Company are all examples of ventures that have been spun off from VTT.
In LOOP, VTT sees a great opportunity for different organisations to work together and find those solutions with the most impact in the circular economy.
Do you have a venture that is a great opportunity but just needs that initial push to gain momentum?
Would you like to find like-minded partners to build your new growth area?
Are you looking to partner up with other industry players to create a whole new end-to-end solution?
Or are you simply interested in "staying in the LOOP" of the Circular Economy?
These are all valid reasons to be a partner in LOOP. Our partner packages vary from low commitment to "all-in". Contact us to see what is the best model for you!
Bring your circular venture to market in three simple steps:
1 Scan: Find Partners
We scan the market for potential partners both from the corporate world and amongst growth companies. We start by defining your scope and goals – your challenge. We spend six to eight weeks finding the best partners and skills for your venture.
2 Build: Venture Development
With the best people gathered at the table, it’s time to build. With minimum effort and time investment, the venture’s business potential, roadmap and setting are analysed and validated. If you’re already part of an ongoing venture, by reviewing your measurable goals we check the direction you’re heading in and, if needed, cycle back to the first phase. By this point we’ve typically been working together for around two to three months.
3 Act: Bring to Market
Now it’s time to bring your venture to market. Here we finalise CLV calculations, set price points and determine optimal market positioning to launch the business. Once the first customers arrive, the real work begins! Up next: “build – measure – learn” until impact!
Join us whenever your idea is ready and we’ll create a concrete roadmap for your company’s needs.
If both the Circular Economy and growth business are on your agenda, LOOP is the place to be. Our ecosystem grows daily and we welcome new partners from around the world and from all industries! You’re free to join LOOP even without a set goal in mind – contact us to get involved and learn more about our ongoing venture opportunities.
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