Make It Circular Challenge

Deadline: 11 January 2023

Open to: ambitious, design-led initiatives and start-ups that reduce carbon emissions

Benefits: award package designed to bring projects to the next level, €10.000 to invest in the project, valuable press and publicity


What Design Can Do is launching the Make It Circular Challenge in partnership with the IKEA Foundation. This global design competition focuses on building a circular society in order to combat climate change and tackle the devastating effects of waste and pollution.

Designers, creative entrepreneurs and startups from around the world are invited to submit ideas and innovations that radically rethink our way of life: from what we eat and wear to why we buy and how we build. Using the power of design, we can make a circular future more accessible for all.

For our societies to become fully circular, we need to change the way we design: from quick fixes to long-term solutions, from exploiting nature to collaborating with nature, from creating new materials to using what we already have. These approaches reflect the three fundamental aspects of circular design. We invite you to focus on one design approach when making your submission. But, do not discard the other two, because they must all exist in harmony to create truly circular and fair solutions.
Take the opportunity to reflect on the following approaches and embed them into your creative process:


The Make it Circular Challenge is all about designing circular ways of living that help us tackle the root of the climate crisis. We are looking for ambitious, design-led initiatives and start-ups that reduce carbon emissions by cutting waste and rewriting the relationship between people, the planet and all the species who call it home.


The winners of the Make it Circular Challenge will take home an award package designed to bring their projects to the next level. They will gain access to a six-month-long development programme which has been co-created by experts from the global Impact Hub network. Winning teams will also receive €10.000 each to invest in their project, as well as valuable press and publicity through WDCD’s channels and those of our partners.


For more information, visit the official website.