Call for Start-Ups

The SUM Symposium has a special consideration for Start-Ups involved in the field of Urban Mining and Circular Economy. In this regard, we are extremely excited to announce the opening of a specific call for Start-Ups ideas & projects to be presented in pitching sessions organized during the symposium.

Projects should deal with one or more of the following topics:

  • Recycling and reuse of materials
  • Innovative separate collection systems
  • Food waste prevention and reduction
  • E-waste management
  • Waste management and circular economy
  • Waste recycling and social change
  • Takeback programs (refund, service sharing, leasing concepts, etc)
  • Technologies for materials recovery
  • Recirculation pathways and markets
  • Education and social aspects (Communication campaigns)
  • Water and wastewater reuse programs
  • Waste disposal fee, bans and fines

A Start-Up corner will be also set up to alllow the selected Start-Ups to advertise their ideas and projects in a dedicated area to an unrivalled, highly-targeted audience. In the prestigious context of the SUM Symposium, the pitching sessions and the presence in the Start-Up corner will represent a great opportunity to:

  • present business proposition to companies, public administrations and private investors
  • come into contact with the world-leading experts in the field of waste management
  • meet new technological partners
  • launch new services
  • find potential investors

Proposals must be submitted as a PDF file by email to and must comply with the template available for download. Additional presentation materials can be attached.
Proposals must clearly describe the idea, the aim of the project and the potential beneficiaries.
For further information please contact the Organizing Secretariat at