U-START - Startup program by Veolia

Veolia Germany initiated the U-START program in order to foster the cooperation with innovative startups in the fields of circular economy, climate protection and resource efficiency, and to reduce the time to enter the market with new concepts for a better world.

Veolia is dedicated to help your startup growing, giving you the opportunity to engage directly in a co-innovation partnership with the company. Depending on your individual needs and level of maturity we provide you different up-scaling opportunities: prototyping, testing facilities for your proof of concept, co-creation projects, access to our distribution channels etc.

  • From idea to success story

    From idea to success story

  • U-START - an initiative by Veolia Germany

    U-START - an initiative by Veolia Germany

  • Networking with our innovative startups

    Networking with our innovative startups


Veolia is happy to announce the second round of a circular economy startup call in partnership with EIT RawMaterials

Our forth U-START campaign is organized in partnership with EIT RawMaterials, worldwide strongest consortium in the field of raw materials. It addresses startups proposing innovative and sustainable business ideas in the field of circular economy. These new concepts could be not only geographically located at “end of pipe” (on existing waste sorting and treatment sites), but also within micro-loops in the urban and industrial environment, or decentrally on the sites of origin of the waste streams.
Cooperation is proposed for startups with innovative concepts in the following fields:

  • Recycling of composites materials, with focus on metal/plastics composites
  • WEEE (Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment) recycling, with focus on recycling of precious metals and rare earth elements
  • PV-panel recycling
  • Battery recycling
  • Catalyst recycling
  • Ecodesign concepts for improved recycling


Why should you work with Veolia?

Five good #reasons to join the U-START program:

#globalplayer: Team up with the world leader in energy and resource efficiency services for municipalities & industries.

#collaboration: Develop your project in a co-creation mode with our experts.

#testing: Test your solution on one of our > 200 industrial sites in Germany.

#scaleup: Deploy your solution on the German market with our commercial teams.

#market: Accelerate access to global market through Veolia network.


Our campaigns

Recycling neu
Call ends on the 8th of September
Energie neu
Winners will be announced soon


What is U-START about?


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