Rural regions have a unique opportunity to engage in sustainable entrepreneurship due to the availability of land, water, and other natural resources. Sustainable entrepreneurship is about addressing environmental problems as business opportunities. Thus, the circular economy is a powerful approach for sustainable entrepreneurship since it provides business strategies on how to close linear take-make-waste and unsustainable resource flows. Rural regions play an important role in the transition towards a circular economy since they engage with resource-based economic activities such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and energy production. However, entrepreneurship in rural regions is characterized by limited resources and underdeveloped infrastructure.
The overall aim of this project is to develop knowledge on how entrepreneurial ecosystems in rural regions can support new ventures with circular ambitions. Specifically, we will:
- co-develop a framework of tools and approaches for entrepreneurial ecosystems actors to support new ventures with circular ambitions,
- integrate the framework into existing support tools and approaches of entrepreneurial ecosystem actors,
- identify and disseminate good practices regarding how to support new ventures with circular ambitions in rural regions.