The end goal of the circular economy is to get to the point where all the waste product of a company is re-integrated back into processes. But that’s easier said than done. The redesign of a manufacturing process can take years to implement. We propose an innovate solution where a company's waste is used to encourage entrepreneurship in their local community!
What it does
Cluster is a platform that seeks to build communities around circular economics. We do this by connecting manufacturers that produce waste streams with entrepreneurs that can use that waste to start a company, or augment their operations. The use of free or low-cost materials can be a huge relief to a new company dealing with other large expenses. We also provide logistical and scheduling tools to make the transfer of materials easy.
How we built it
Idea generation, market research and validation, prototyping in figma.
Challenges we ran into
The short time frame!
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Planning a solution that meets 2 key needs.
What we learned
A lot about the logistical challenges that typically come with circular economics, such as the high carbon cost of transporting materials. We also studied the pain points faced by large manufactures that might prevent them from wanted to give their materials to other business owners. Cluster is our strategy of addressing these challenges.
What's next for Cluster