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Workshop on Finnish Circular Economy Innovation with Impact on Africa
Workshop on Finnish Circular Economy Innovation with Impact on Africa

United Nations Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL) is pleased to invite you to participate in the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) workshop on harvesting successful case studies of Finnish circular economy innovation with transformational impacts for deployment and domestication in developing countries of Africa.

The AI workshop will focus on our identified sectors, including circular electronics, circular textiles, circular packaging, circular pulp and paper and circular economy of food systems. The AI Workshop will create a platform to showcase high-impact innovations in circular economy in the Finnish ecosystem.

The workshop will include a keynote address, plenary and break-out session. Some African Circular Economy Network members will physically attend the break-out sessions while some members will be connected virtually to identify opportunities and challenges for deploying these high-impact innovations with modifications to developing markets of Africa.

The AI workshop will be followed with the identification of challenges in circular economy in developing markets of Africa through “Call for proposals” to be launched across circular economy innovation value chain for innovation at readiness level 7 to 9 through the African Circular Economy Alliance, African Circular Economy Network, UN Agencies and Finnish Embassies among others. Proposals will be evaluated, and winners will be selected by Panel of Judges.

The winners in each innovation value chain category will be provided with tailor-made support. The winning innovations will be linked to harvested Finnish innovations with transformational impacts in the circular economy ecosystem. Winning innovations will be accelerated towards bankability and scaling up through global tech incubators and accelerators in Finland, United States and Europe. UNTIL Finland Circular Economy will work with these winning innovations to become bankable, grow into companies with proof of concepts, reach financial close and become scalable.

We would be very honored to have you as a participant at one of the break-out sessions for this AI workshop planning to attract 75 top Finnish companies. We will also be grateful if you can recommend and extend the AI workshop invitation to Finnish companies with innovation at readiness level 7 to 9 in the sectors highlighted.

You can find the background literature and agenda for the workshop here:

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Secretary General

"The advances of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, including those brought on by a combination of computing power, robotics, big data and artificial intelligence, are generating revolutions in health care, transport and manufacturing.  
I am convinced that these new capacities can help us to lift millions of people out of poverty, achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and enable developing countries to leap‑frog into a better future."

23 March 2018, New York