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// CBP Webinar Series

Entrepreneurship is a cornerstone of the Circular Economy story in Africa. A broadly accepted view globally is that Circular Economy business models are disruptive, so it is more likely for newcomers than industry incumbents to stimulate this disruption. In the African context however, entrepreneurial programming is also driven by concerns about youth skills development and employment: of 18 countries in the world with official unemployment rates above 20%, 13 are in Africa.

Faith in new ideas and a sense of urgency to change the status quo has in short facilitated the development of a range of Circular Economy-oriented entrepreneurship programmes at universities and incubators across Africa.  The purpose of this workshop series is to explore what we have learned from the nascent CE entrepreneurship research and educational programming in Africa and to consolidate this learning to collectively improve access to resources, funding and advocacy for Circular Economy entrepreneurs working in Africa.

Join the CBP Webinar Series once every two months for a 2 hour workshop, where experts in the space share their experiences, knowledge, issues/problems faced or facing, solution engagement and advise as it relates with the series’ theme.

Emilia Clarke
Webinar 1 - Chasing Unicorns: Conflicts of scale and development in African CE business models.
Thursday, December 8th, 2022, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. WAT
Through a venture capital lens, investment in circular economy business models should be limited to entrepreneurial projects that have capacity to scale. However, many entrepreneurial projects that can be classified as circular may not ever be in a position to scale. Should projects that are unlikely to scale be abandoned? If not, what are the optimal ways to finance uncertain or unscalable projects?