STAND Up!
© Marco Badiani
Sustainable Textile Action for Networking and Development of circular economy business ventures in the Mediterranean.

About the project

There is a pressing need for transition to an environmentally and socially responsible circular model in the textile sector, a traditional key industry in the Mediterranean with an undoubtful cross-border nature. The very word “textile” seems Mediterranean like: clothes cross the sea basin from textile manufacturing to clothing production and from consumption to re-use and recycle. The solution to accelerate this transition is innovative entrepreneurship, which, in addition to its positive environmental benefits, will generate employment in the region. This transformation is the underlying idea behind STAND UP! which intends to support textile entrepreneurs and eco-innovative ventures in 5 countries and help them seize the business opportunities that the green evolution will generate. To achieve this ambitious goal, the project will undertake many actions in training, financial grants, market stimulation, technology transfer, IPR protection, etc. As a result, the SMEs of the textile and clothing sector will be more competitive and, at aggregate level, the value chain will be strengthened, and new Mediterranean cross-border linkages established.

Key information

STAND Up!
Sustainable Textile Action for Networking and Development of circular economy business ventures in the Mediterranean.
A.1 Business and SMEs development
A.1.1 Start-ups and recently established enterprises
Spain, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, Italy

Financial data

3.7 million
Total budget
3.3 million
EU contribution
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10
Project co-financing

Highlights

Project in numbers

7
Partners
5
Countries
11
Technical outputs

Project duration

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Objective

To enhance scalable, replicable and inclusive circular economy ventures in the Mediterranean by developing an ecosystem of business support, innovation, and technology transfer that will lead to sustainable job creation for youth and women

What will be improved?

STAND Up! will lead to an increase in the income of existing green SMEs as well as to the creation of new sustainable textile enterprises. This will generate a natural demand for new jobs that will be met by high skilled people. Concretely, 400 ideation-stage ventures will be supported to help them generate employment opportunities and 20 early and growth stage ventures will be assisted in maintaining stable employment and create, at least, two new direct jobs each. Besides this direct and indirect impact, the stimulation of innovation and sector aggregation will minimize negative environmental impact along the garment lifecycle and facilitate the region's transition towards sustainable consumption and production in the textile and clothing industry. All in all, the project will mark a significant step change in each region's ability to harness the power of eco-innovation and entrepreneurship in the textile (Italy and Spain) and clothing (Lebanon, Tunisia and Egypt) sectors.

Who will benefit?

  • Eco-innovative textile and clothing entrepreneurs and enterprises
  • Sector aggregators
  • Local authorities
  • Academic and research institutions
  • Local, national and regional public sector organizations
  • Relevant intellectual property agencies
     

Expected achievements

  • 400 ideation stage entrepreneurs trained (at least 50% women and young people)
  • Soft-landing voucher scheme of up to €9,000 granted to 50 early and growth stage entrepreneurs
  • 1 online Open Innovation platform developed
  • Eco-innovation voucher scheme granted to 20 entrepreneurs to fund technology, product and service innovations
  • 3 national policy papers on sustainable textile and clothing national roadmaps drafted
  • Prizes worth €50,000 awarded for solutions to textile manufacturing and clothing industry
  • 70 practitioners and policy-makers engaged in a Virtual Community of Practice for Intellectual Property
  • Trademark and patenting vouchers scheme granted to 40 ventures 

 

Contribution to policy-making

Policy-making is very much integrated in STAND Up! thanks to a dedicated set of activities. From one side, the project will work with stakeholders to develop national policy recommendations and sustainable textile and clothing roadmaps for Lebanon, Egypt and Tunisia, and, from the other side, it will work with public authorities and intellectual property agencies to facilitate improved IPR to ventures. The commitment of decision-makers to use the project's strategic roadmaps and keep on improving IPR will maintain the shift towards a thriving green startup ecosystem, and better skilled to transition the textile and clothing sectors to an inclusive circular economy.

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STAND Up!: Zerow, a digital platform to connect best practices on circular economy in the fashion and textile industry

The start-up aims to raise awareness in Italy on sustainable practices and pieces of clothes made out of leftovers by networking companies a…

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STAND Up!: Fashion entrepreneurs join the EcoSwitch Festival, the first annual event for green enterprises in Lebanon

The event involved over 150 participants in different networking sessions. Waste Studio, a start-up that received our support, took the floo…

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STAND Up!: Clipclappers, a brand of interactive and sustainable clothing for children

Meet an Italian start-up that focuses on sustainability and design, selected by the Prato Textile Museum for the incubation phase.

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STAND Up!: Bäloop, a start-up revalorizing post-consumer textile and medical waste in Spain

A total of six female entrepreneurs have been selected for the incubation phase which is being conducted by TEXFOR.

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STAND Up!: Meet the 4 circular fashion start-ups to move on to the incubation phase in Egypt

The four green initiatives have been selected by a professional jury to scale towards sustainable production in the textile and clothing industry.

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STAND Up!: Sisters for the World, a new generation of healthy, environmental and affordable menstrual pads

Meet one of the four early and growth-stage ventures supported in Lebanon to provide fair employment opportunities.

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STAND Up!: 6 circular start-ups selected for the incubation phase in Tunisia

The selected circular fashion and textile ventures will be supported by experienced mentors to improve their sustainable businesses.

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STAND Up! joins the 19th European Week of Regions and Cities

The European Week of Regions and Cities is Europe’s biggest annual event on regional policy.

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STAND Up!: More than 40 start-ups sharing ideas at the first face-to-face networking event in Spain

Fashion and textile green ventures exchanged their experiences and good practices in sustainable business models at Tecnocampus.

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STAND Up!: LvPxAlsama, an upcycling service transforming clothes with hand-embroidery in Lebanon

Out of the 11 ideas that joint the pitching event, this project is among the four finalists selected for the incubation phase in Lebanon.

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STAND Up!: Meet the 4 green circular start-ups selected for the incubation phase in Italy

The selected ventures have been chosen by a board of fashion and sustainable experts coordinated by the Prato Textile Museum.

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STAND Up!: Four circular fashion start-ups selected for the incubation phase in Spain

Bäloop, Zer Era, Made in Kölors and Deleitewear will benefit from 7 months of mentoring.

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STAND Up!: 4 circular fashion start-ups selected to scale in Lebanon

Berytech organized a pitching event for 11 start-ups, from which 4 were selected for the incubation phase.

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STAND Up!: We’re looking for a Project Manager in Spain!

The Regional Activity Center for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC) opens a position to cover a maternity leave. Job applicants may apply by the 13th of September.

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STAND Up!: Call for mentors in the textile and fashion sector for the incubation phase in Tunisia

CITET will select two local mentors to offer incubation sessions to 4 selected eco-innovative entrepreneurs. Deadline for applications is se…

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STAND Up!: Fibres obtained from olive trees, the Zaituna's solution for the textile supply chain in Italy

Founded by the young product designer Bianca Turbanti, the project connects sustainability, artisanal know-how and social connection.

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STAND Up!: Natural dyeing fabrics, a sustainable technique used in Tunisia by Ettantoura

The project, founded by Omar Chelbi, is one out of the 47 projects in the textile and fashion industry supported along the training sessions.

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STAND Up!: Innovative training to mentors for next incubation phase delivered

The Trainings of Trainers (ToT) has been organised within the framework of the STAND Up! Growing Innovation Programme.

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Tunisia: STAND Up! launches a call for experts for the development of an Intellectual Property Rights report

CETTEX opens a call until the 27th of August 2021 at 1:00 p.m. for the development of this report.

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Tunisia: STAND Up! is looking for a financial assistant!

The International Center for Environmental Technologies of Tunis (CITET) launches a call for applications to select a financial assistant for the project. The call will be open until 2nd of August 2021.

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Lebanon: STAND Up! organizes a virtual showcasing and pitching webinar!

Meet and support the 12 innovative ventures in the textile and fashion sector that went through intensive capacity building in the STAND Up! Growing Innovation Program.

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STAND Up!: Organic materials turned into sustainable clothes, a brand-new revolution coming up in Lebanon

Lebamoz and Naked are two early-stage ideas that have benefited from Berytech’s trainings with the aim of setting up their green business mo…

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Egypt: STAND Up! is looking for an external auditor

SEKEM Development Foundation launches a call for tenders with a total budget of 13.2000€ VAT included. Deadline for applications is July the 15th at 17pm.

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STAND Up!: Meet the 34 projects in the fashion and clothing industry selected in Egypt

Green entrepreneurs and sustainable ventures will be engaged to achieve social inclusion and new job opportunities for women and young people.

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STAND Up!: call for business mentors launched in Italy

Italian partner, Prato Textile Museum Foundation, has launched a call for mentors to deliver incubation to start-ups. The deadline for applicants is June 28, 2021.

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Spain: STAND Up! opens a new call for mentors

The Confederación Española de la Indústria Téxtil (TEXFOR) has launched a call open until the 21st of June 2021.

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Spain: STAND Up! launches a call for experts for the development of an Intellectual Property Rights report

The Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production opens a call until the next 9th of June to develop a report related …

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STAND UP!: 47 projects in the fashion and clothing industry selected in Tunisia

Women and young entrepreneurs will be implementing their circular and sustainable ideas to become green business ventures.

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STAND Up!: Meet the 40 fashion entrepreneurs selected in Spain

Woman represent almost 70% of selected participants, mostly young people under 35. Selected innovators go from second-hand initiatives to sustainable clothing made out of recycled materials.

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Lebanon: STAND Up! kicks off training sessions for 22 green projects in the fashion industry

Berytech has started the capacity building phase which aims to turn circular ideas in the textile sector into successful green businesses. The training sessions will run from …

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STAND Up!: 22 projects in the fashion and clothing industry selected in Lebanon

A total of 131 applications went through selection by expert jury members from the Berytech team, from which 22 entrepreneurs finally join the Growing Innovation Program.

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STAND Up!: Meet the 40 fashion entrepreneurs selected in Italy

Upcycling and eco-design ideas in the clothing and textile sector will receive intensive training to turn them into successful green businesses.

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STAND Up!: Successful training on green business model development set up the lines to scale textile and fashion ideas

The STAND Up! project provided to its partners the first online Training of Trainers (ToT) focused on Green Business Model Development.

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TheSwitchers.org, an innovative and free tool to boost sustainable entrepreneurship for STANDUp!’s start-ups

The digital platform enables interactions among the key players of the green and circular business ecosystem.

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STAND Up!: Tunisian partner CITET has launched a call for tenders looking for external auditor

The Tunis International Center for Environmental Technologies is looking an external audit service within the framework of the implementatio…

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Tunisia: STAND Up! opens a call for trainers to support textile entrepreneurs

The Tunis International Center for Environmental Technologies is looking for experts in green entrepreneurship to support 40 entrepreneurs in the fashion industry.

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STAND Up! launches an online event for trainers specialised on sustainable business model development

The training for trainers will be held in four different sessions during the month of April following SCP/RAC’s methodology.

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Italy: call for tenders under the STAND Up! project

Italian partner Prato Textile Museum Foundation has opened a call to select an external expert to deliver high-level training for textile and clothing green entrepreneurs.

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STAND Up!: Buy and sell your clothes from home in Tunisia

Dabchy.com is an app that offers a door-to-door delivery system with a powerful community-driven by the same passion for fashion and sustainability.

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Lebanon: call for tenders under the STAND Up! project

Lebanese partner Berytech is looking for independent trainers or training agencies to deliver a green training program for entrepreneurs in the textile and fashion industry.

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STAND Up!: deadline for applications on circular fashion and textile entrepreneurship extended!

All five partner countries have agreed on extending the deadline for the #STANDUpAccelerator call until March the 31st.

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STAND Up!: Now available the complete video of the #STANDUpAccelerator webinar!

Find all the presentations delivered during the web conference and direct link to see the whole online event held on March the 4th.

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STAND Up!: new web conference to focus on offered support services to circular businesses

A streamed online event illustrating the opportunities provided by the “Call for green entrepreneurs” and showcasing successful circular business ventures and trends will take…

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STAND Up!: call for innovators to access eco-innovative business projects support program

The beneficiaries will access the first stage of advanced business support program to grow their sustainable ideas into a textile or fashion green business models.