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Circular Economy Programs & Services

A Circular Economy Leader

Innovation Guelph is proud to serve as a hub where businesses and community converge, collaborate, and cross-pollinate. Our mentorship, business support services, programming, and events have helped over 1,200 businesses of all sizes for the last decade.

Since 2019, supporting circular businesses has been one of our focus areas, and we have played a pivotal role in helping Guelph-Wellington’s circular food economy grow and thrive.

Through our research and programming in the circular economy space, we have built an extensive network of leading regional and international experts. Wherever you are in your circular journey, we will connect you to the ideas and people that will take your business to the next level.

Our Network and Partners

Think-tanks and Consultancies: 

Anthesis Provision 

The Global Center of Indigenomics (British Columbia) 

Educational Institutions: 

Arrell Food Institute, University of Guelph  

School of Business, Conestoga College 

The Exeter Centre for Circular Economy (UK) 

Ivey School of Business, Western University 

Accelerators: 

Circular Valley (Germany) 

Closed Loop Partners (USA) 

Fetola (South Africa) 

Foresight (British Columbia) 

COIL Business Network: 

Business Centre Guelph-Wellington 

Guelph Chamber of Commerce 

John F. Wood Centre, University of Guelph 

Launch It Minto 

Circular Accelerator

Activate Circular Accelerator helps scalable businesses rethink waste and reach new markets through circular knowledge and practices.

The second cohort of this program runs from April 4 – July 29, 2022. 

Applications will be accepted until March 11, 2022.

Who you are

  • Entrepreneur with a passion for circular innovation 

  • Business with a demonstrated track record of growth 

  • Annual revenue of $200,000 

  • Registered business in Canada and operational within southern Ontario 

What you get

  • Funding and financing of up to $30,000 

  • Hands-on executive-level mentorship 

  • Leading-edge circular economy training 

  • Link to Canada’s leading agri-innovation hub 

  • Support to scale your business 

Meet our Activate Businesses

Hear from Dihan Chandra (Spent Goods), Nicole Leighton (the SEED) and Jamie Draves (Quinta Quinoa Local Superfoods Inc) as they share their experience with the Activate Accelerator program.

Quinta Local Superfoods Inc.

Jamie Draves | Guelph/Eramosa

Superfood company implementing circular economy principles by growing and supplying 100% Canadian High Nutrient Quinoa to stores, and communities in need, while reducing emissions and implementing sustainable packaging alternatives.

Abokichi Inc.

Fumi Tsukamoto | Hamilton

A Japanese inspired food brand that develops innovative and unique products using upcycled ingredients.

Spent Goods

Dihan Chandra | Toronto

Food waste solutions provider that enables Canadian businesses to transform spent barley from craft breweries into delicious foods that can then be sold in grocery stores, markets, schools, and restaurants.

Escarpment Labs

Richard Preiss | Guelph

A  beer yeast producer that manufactures liquid beer yeasts and helps craft brewers make better beer. Our COIL Activate project centers on integrating circularity into the core of our business, transforming waste into new foods such as vinegar, soy sauce, and mushrooms.

AG Business & Crop Inc.

Felix Weber | Palmerston

Supplies innovative tools for precision agriculture and educates farmers across Canada on how to improve environmental sustainability and crop productivity when growing nutritious food.  

The SEED

Nicole Leighton | Guelph

As a project of the Guelph Community Health Centre, the SEED aims to ensure that everyone in Guelph-Wellington has access to nutritious food. The SEED’s Good Food Warehouse intercepts good food that might otherwise be wasted and redirects it where it is most needed.

Heartwood Farm & Cidery

Matt Steinman | Erin

A  family-owned regenerative farm and cidery offering immersive onsite experiences and craft beverages, including a new line of non-alcoholic beverages.

The Conscious Kitchen

Simone Weinstein & Celeste Lopreiato | Holland Centre

As a solution to the waste that is produced by the meal kit industry, The Conscious Kitchen provides convenient, ready-to-eat meals that are plant-based and zero-waste.

SunTech Greenhouses Ltd.

Devon Allin | Manotick

A hydroponic greenhouse that grows high-end tomatoes and cucumbers and is using food waste reduction technologies to save produce that would otherwise be wasted. 

Circular Pre-Accelerator

Applications are now closed for Cohort 2 (spring 2022)

Evolve Circular Pre-Accelerator helps early-stage business identify and act on opportunities to grow their business and support our local circular economy.

The next cohort of this program runs from May 2 – September 2 2022. 

Applications will be accepted until April 18, 2022.

Who you are

  • Starting a new food and environment business that contributes to the circular economy
  • Pivoting an existing food and environment business to a more circular/sustainable business model
  • Operational within southern Ontario

What you get

  • Funding and financing of up to $7,500
  • Hands-on mentorship
  • Leading circular training
  • Link to Canada’s leading agri-innovation hub

A.R. Enviromental Solutions Inc.

A.R. Environmental Solutions converts food waste into ethanol, ethanol-derived products (sanitizers and cleaning agents), and nutrient-rich organic fertilizer as a by-product.

Circulr

Circulr is working to create an accessible circular economy system for consumer packaged goods. By recapturing jars and other durable packaging destined for landfills, we’re helping keep more resources in circulation and preventing unnecessary emissions from new packaging manufacturing.

Beck’s Broth

Beck’s Broth has reinvented hot chocolate by formulating it from bone broth, organic cacao, and local honey. This project will support Beck’s Broth to expand into the Farmers Market and retail space while supporting efforts to stay environmentally friendly.

B12Give

Be One to Give is a B2B delivery app for surplus food lost or wasted in businesses along the supply chain. Our primary objective is to redistribute 100% of avoidable food waste across Canada by 2030.

Winterhill Farm and Garden

Winterhill is installing a new electrical service, which will allow us to convert an unheated greenhouse into a plant nursery. A plant nursery will allow us to produce plants more consistently and produce more delicious and nutritious food for our local community which saves all the emissions of transporting that food in from other parts of the world.

Further information coming soon