What is it?

Circular South is an experimental program that helps students identify circular economy opportunities and business ideas, while simultaneously verifying their potential on the market.

Who is it for?

Participation is open to all university students and alumni from Southern Italy. Participants do not need to come up with ideas, as participants are judged by their motivation and skills. 

How does it work?

Every two weeks multidisciplinary teams are presented with a new challenge of the circular economy.

1° Challenge

TG30 – Circular Economy

  • Monday, February 21st: Circular Economy lecture
  • Thursday, February 24th: State of the planet. Land and sea, generations at risk
  • Friday, March 4th: Project presentation

2° Challenge

Lean Canvas – Upcycling

  • Monday, March 7th: Upcycling lecture
  • Friday, March 11th: Business Model lecture
  • Friday, March 18th: Project presentation

3° Challenge

Pitch – Industrial Symbiosis

  • Monday, March 21st: Industrial Symbiosis lecture
  • Friday, March 25th: Pitch lecture
  • Friday, April 1st: project presentation
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All meetings start at 17:00 and end at 18:30. On Monday after the lecture, we will stay online for a digital aperitif until 20:00

Why participate?


Ideation, 6 talks from key players of the circular economy and design innovative solutions.


Students and alumni from all universities in Southern Italy with whom to collaborate and  fulfill ideas to create real change.


50 entrepreneurs, investors, circular economy professionals interested in finding new talent and innovation.


1,000 euro for each challenge.

About Us

dock3 - The Startup Lab

Dock3 is the accelerator program for open-innovation startups promoted by Roma Tre University, recognized by the MiSe as a state-of-the-art model for university-level education in entrepreneurship. Dock3 has been active in entrepreneurial training for over a decade.

CONAI - Consorzio Nazionale Imballaggi

Conai is the tool where packaging producers and consumers ensure that the recycling and reuse laws are achieved. Conai has been active for over 20 years and has over 1 million Italian member companies.

under the patronage of

Local Partners

email: info@dock3.it

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