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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


Accelerators, Incubators Think-Tanks and consultancies

Circular Valley

Closed Loop Partners


Provision Coalition


Academic Partners

Univesity of Guelph Arrell Food Institute

University of Exeter Centre for Ciruclar Economy

Western University Ivey School of Business

Conestoga College

Local Experts


Business Centre Guelph-Wellington

Guelph Chambers of Commerce

Innovation Guelph

LaunchIt Minto

University of Guelph John F. Wood Centre

Subject Matter Experts

Biomimicry Frontiers

Maison Verte

Ontario Co-operative Assn.

Circular Accelerator

Activate Circular Accelerator helps scalable businesses reach new markets through circular knowledge and practices. This program runs from October 18, 2021 – February 25, 2022.

Applications will be accepted until September 19, 2021.

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
  • World-class circular training
  • Link to Canada’s leading agri-innovation hub
  • National and international connections

For further information sign up for an information session or download our one-pager!

Meet our Activate Businesses

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.  


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

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

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 $5,000
  • Hands-on mentorship
  • World-class circular training
  • Link to Canada’s leading agri-innovation hub
  • National and international connections

Further information coming soon

Circular Economy 101

Our CE 101 training gets interested businesses up to speed on the latest in circular economy practices. You will learn:

  • What is the circular economy?
  • What environmental, social and economic impacts do circular economies and businesses deliver?
  • How are circular practices and business models being applied in various sectors around the world?

Who you are


  • Entrepreneur or business owner looking to start your business’ circular transformation
  • Operational within southern Ontario

What you get

  • World-class circular training
  • Link to Canada’s leading agri-innovation hub
  • National and international connections
  • Collect stamps for your circular achievements to build your reputation as a circular business 

For further information sign up for the Digital Passport for a complimentary consultation on where to begin your circular journey.