Technology is widely understood as an enabler of circular business models. Software helps us to know more about materials, their pedigree, quality, and location, improves logistics and can also facilitate changes in concepts of ownership while hardware has the potential to create second-life opportunities for used materials. Local design and production of hardware solutions furthermore enables entrepreneurs to develop targeted solutions for the local market. However, technology-based circular economy entrepreneurship in Africa has yet to take off in a meaningful way.
This workshop focuses on what technology-based innovation programmes have learned about the needs of tech innovators and product users and discusses how innovation programming can be developed further to address these needs.