From our member Rediscovery Centre:

The Circular Economy Academy is a free mentoring and support programme that assists social enterprises and community organisations in any part of Ireland to move their activities towards sustainability and embrace the circular economy.

Circular Economy Model

The circular economy is an economic system aimed at minimising waste at all stages of the economic cycle and making the most of our resources by keeping them in circulation for longer. This approach maximises the value of resources and is in contrast to the traditional linear economy, which has a ‘take, make, dispose’ model of production.

The circular economy model is a perfect fit for Irish social enterprises and community organisations looking to establish a new project or expand operations whilst supporting climate action and environmental protection. It enables products to stay in circulation for longer through reuse, repair and innovation and prevents the creation of waste.

Business Support Service

The Academy provides business support services built on the Rediscovery Centre’s vast knowledge of social enterprise development and design thinking concepts. The service includes advice for start-up, circular business planning, development, funding, diversification, and training. The academy also supports organisations to replicate the Rediscovery Centre’s successful paint, furniture, fashion and furniture reuse initiatives.

Each service is tailored made to suit the needs of the participating organisation. The Circular Economy Academy also offers incubation and regional clinics. They will take place in Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Cork. The first clinic will take place in the Rediscovery Centre in Dublin on the 20th of July. You can book a place here.

If you are interested in participating in the Academy or would like to learn more about the services offered, please get in touch with us at

The aim of the Circular Economy Academy is to facilitate Ireland’s transition to the Circular Economy through Collaboration, Inspiration & Education. 

The Academy will enable a network of circular economy businesses delivering services nationwide, maximising material reuse and preventing waste production. All Academy participants take part in an Annual Circular Economy showcase which takes place in July each year in Dublin.

The Circular Economy Academy is delivered in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Waste Prevention Programme. The National Waste Prevention Programme is a Government of Ireland initiative, funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment.

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