TheSwitchers.org, an innovative and free tool to boost sustainable entrepreneurship for STANDUp!’s start-ups
The Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC), hosted by the Waste Agency of Catalonia, has launched TheSwitchers.org platform. This brand-new tool is online and completely free to use. It was developed within the framework of the EU-funded SwitchMed programme to boost sustainable entrepreneurship and it is being used in the Growing Innovation Programme trainings organised by STAND Up!. Thus, the platform will help entrepreneurs to scale and enhance business model ideas into successful green start-ups in the textile and fashion industry in Spain, Tunisia, Italy, Lebanon and Egypt, partner countries under the ENI CBC MED Programme.
The platform enables interactions among entrepreneurs, business providers, mentors and financial institutions willing to develop novel business models in the field of Green and Circular Economy. Through its Toolbox, which is a section of the platform, TheSwitchers.org provides its users with a unique set of methodologies and tools for sustainable business development that were designed and digitalized by SCP/RAC in order to make them accessible to the wider audience.
In addition to this, TheSwitchers.org hosts the SwitchersFund, the platform providing and facilitating direct funding and business support services to green entrepreneurs in the Mediterranean region as well as the Switchers Community website, the virtual place where entrepreneurs who share a common passion for the environment can meet. In the months to come, it will display a fourth section, the Policy Hub, which will enable the users to learn about enabling policies for sustainable businesses in the Mediterranean.
The platform is funded by the European Union, via SwitchMed, the ENI CBC Med Programme under GIMED's project, and the UNEP/MAP Mediterranean Trust Fund. A webinar dedicated to the presentation of this new platform and putting special emphasis on the Toolbox will be held on the 28th of April. Experts will make a demonstration of its different tools while participants will have the opportunity to directly interact asking their questions. For more information you can go to the Facebook’s event page and get registered here.