Circular Transformation of Polish Enterprises, a nationwide competition under the patronage of Kozminski University


In October 2024, Kozminski University will become a stage for young talents from all over Poland, who will participate in the finals of the national competition for developing an industrial symbiosis strategy. The competition, initiated by the Institute of Innovation and Responsible Development, aims to support innovation and ecological awareness among students. Finalists, whose projects pass the initial selection, will present their work before a jury composed of industry and academic experts during a special session.

The task for participants is to present a strategy that would enable industrial symbiosis in Poland, utilizing waste or by-products from some enterprises as resources for others. Proposals must include current market analyses, potential legislative challenges, as well as implementation and marketing strategies. The project should also demonstrate how the proposed solutions can bring the economic, social, and environmental benefits.

Organized in partnership with numerous Polish universities, including Kozminski University, the competition attracts students from various fields, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. Our University supports the competition not only as the venue for the finals but also through the involvement of its specialists, academic staff, and event organization.

Besides educational and developmental aspects, the competition offers attractive financial prizes for the top three teams. Winners will also have the opportunity to present their projects at the most important conference on sustainable development – the European Sustainability Congress. This event, drawing the attention of key specialists in the field of sustainable development, provides an excellent platform for young innovators to bring their ideas to life.

As part of the preparations for the competition, participants had the opportunity to learn about international cases of industrial symbiosis, such as the system in Kalundborg, Denmark, or initiatives in Kawasaki, Japan. These examples illustrate how effective and thoughtful resource management can bring tangible benefits both for the environment and the local economy. The competition organizers hope that the project will contribute to the development of similar initiatives in Poland, which would be a step towards transforming the country into a circular economy.

More information about the competition and its stages can be found HERE.

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