Plastics Circular Economy Pitchfest & UKCPN Update

Posted on: 08/03/2019

Read our latest update on the UK Circular Plastics Network and Pitchfest 2019

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Plastics Circular Economy Pitchfest 2019

Exclusively for members of the UK Circular Plastics Network (UKCPN), KTN’s Access to Funding and Finance Team and UKCPN, are running an Investment Readiness Programme for companies working in the field of plastics circular economy. Pitchfest, taking place from 28th March to 1st May 2019, is¬†¬†a pitching competition presenting a unique opportunity to raise the profile of the plastics circular economy in front of a national audience of investors.

At the end of the programme, companies will be able to better prepare an investor pitch and be more confident in delivery of their ‘story’. Companies that are successful on the selection day will pitch to a national audience of investors.

For more information including full summary of the programme please click here.

Application deadline: 27th March 2019

Apply now for Pitchfest here.

*Remember you have to be a member of UKCPN first to register for Pitchfest 2019. It’s free and takes less than a minute to register Рyou can do so here.

UK Circular Plastics Network Update

UKCPN is sponsoring PVC 2020, a PVC Conference in Edinburgh in April 2020, organised by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. The event will deliver a comprehensive and varied programme of international speakers, high-quality papers and exceptional networking opportunities.

Programme Lead, Dr. Sally Beken will be speaking at SCI-RSC Plastics, from Cradle to Grave and Resurrection on Wednesday 19th June in London. This will provide a great opportunity to hear about the network and the benefits of membership. The overall event brings together key sectors with the aim of focussing on assessing challenges and opportunities for researchers, industry and government.

UKCPN will be exhibiting at Materials Research Exchange 2020, taking place 18th – 20th February 2020 in London. Another great opportunity to hear about UKCPN, the overall event will provide a platform to develop the commercial success of UK-generated materials innovation by showcasing ground-breaking new materials and their manufacturing processes to industry. Register today here.

The brand new UKCPN website will be launching on Monday 11th March; in the meantime you can visit the programme page to keep up to date with the latest news.

Funding Opportunities in Plastics

[NEW]: 2019 European Social Innovation Competition: Three €50,000 prizes for the most innovative projects designed to reduce plastic waste

Ocean Plastic Solutions Investment Accelerator: Reducing Plastic Pollution -¬†¬†¬£1 million grant funding from¬†Innovate UK¬†and ¬£1 million private investment from¬†Sky Ocean Ventures to tackle the environmental crisis of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.

Upcoming Events in Plastics

Thu 28 Mar – Wed 1 May – Plastics Circular Economy Pitchfest 2019, Birmingham & London

Wed 3rd Apr – Thu 11th Apr: Plastics Recycling Show, Amsterdam

Wed 22nd May – Sat 25th May: Plastpol Kielce, Poland

Tue 11th Jun – Wed 12th Jun: Plastics Design & Moulding, Manchester

Wed 19th Jun: SCI – Plastics from Cradle to Grave, London

Mon 20 – Thu 23 April 2020 – PVC 2020 (Sponsored by UKCPN), Edinburgh

Recent Plastics News

UKCPN signs up as Engagement Partner of the UK Plastics Pact

Watch how two PRIF-funded research projects aim to reduce the impact of plastics

Plan Plastic: The Million Pound Challenge & The Alliance to End Plastic Waste

UKCPN & Ocean Plastic Solutions Investment Accelerator

Food scraps could be turned into environmentally friendly plastic packaging

£8 million PRIF-funded research projects to reduce the impact of plastics on the planet


Benefits of UKCPN Membership

Aside from being able to register for Pitchfest 2019, being a member of UKCPN brings several benefits. Membership of the UK Circular Plastics Network is free and will allow you free attendance at any of the scheduled events in the Network up until December 2020 (subject to availability). Be the first to hear about funding opportunities within the plastics sphere. UKCPN is an activity supported by UK Research and Innovation, and forms part of the Plastics Research Innovation Fund (PRIF), which is engaging Britain’s best scientists and innovators to help move the country towards more circular economic and sustainable approaches to plastics.

UKCPN will facilitate the following:

  • Eliminating the volume of plastic waste arising from within the UK.
  • Raising awareness and sharing best practice to improve the rate of UK plastic recycling.
  • Sharing best practice to reduce levels of confusion amongst citizens and highlighting user-centred design.
  • Showcasing innovation that is focused on reducing the amount of plastic ending up in the environment.

Therefore if you haven’t already, do sign up now. You can do so here.

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