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


Go Circular! The excellent results of the two previous U-START calls have paved the way for launching the next call on circular economy together with EIT RawMaterials. Startups can apply from the 02nd of May to the 22nd of June.

Our sixth U-START campaign is organized in partnership with EIT RawMaterials, the largest and strongest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. Together, we aim at developping cooperation with early stage startups with sustainable business ideas in circular economy.

 This time our focus is on sustainable ideas in the following key topics:

  1. Recycling of composite materials with focus on metal / plastic composites and other difficult waste streams
  2. WEEE (waste of electrical and electronic equipment) recycling
  3. Recycling of batteries and catalysts
  4. Novel ecodesign concepts to increase industrial use of recycled products

For further information and the answer on how to apply, please click here.

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

6. Call U-START Roboter
6th campaign is running until the 22nd of June
See our former energy campaign with InnoEnergy from 2017

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