Rethink, React, Remodel:

Circular Economy Challenge

About the Challenge

The Circular Economy Challenge was created to empower post-secondary students to create a closed economy within their institution.Students will participate in design thinking programming & training sessions, create a partnership with an on-campus department, develop a solution and present their idea to receive support to go towards implementation.

The Challenge

Everything that is technically possible is not ethically acceptable. Develop a digital solution for your campus that increases sustainability and/or creates a circular economy, emphasizing the importance of digital ethics in your solution.

  • Identify an opportunity to reduce/reuse/recycle on your campus
  • Develop a project or business solution to this challenge
  • Identify and engage potential on-campus partners
  • Attend virtual training sessions to support the development of your idea
  • Submit a 90-second video pitch for your idea by November 22, 2022

Top 5 submissions will pitch live on December 2, 2022, for over $8,000 in prize money


The Process

Attend the Sobey School of Business 4th Annual Responsible Leadership Event and Circular Economy Challenge Kick Off Event.

Develop a solution with the help of training materials and coaching sessions.

Submit a 90-second video pitch to enter the competition, individually or as a team (up to 4 members).

The top 5 teams will compete in the finals to win up to $8,000.


  • Individual or a team representative must be enrolled at a post-secondary institution in Canada.
  • Submissions can be individual or as part of a team (up to 4 members).
  • All submissions must include an intent to partner with a department on their campus.


Resources that will help you through the Circular Economy Challenge can be found in these tabs. If you have difficulty accessing any of these links, or have any questions, please email circulareconomy@smu.ca.

For full details on the competition, here is the Student Package.

Training video for Pefecting your Pitch can be found here.

Training video for Project Management can be found here.

Training video for Managing Partnerships can be found here.

Get access to the kick off session that will provide you with Creative Design Methodology here.

Get access to the Design Kit to help you along the development of your project here.

may, 2023

Final Presentations








Contact Us

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This