What is the Circular Business Academy

The Circular Business Academy (CBA) stands for a comprehensive programme of professional education and training formats that help practitioners, entrepreneurs, experts and their organisations understand the opportunities and risks of the circular economy as well as the design tranformation processes in their respective organisations.

The CBA equips you with the necessary tools to cope with the implementation challenges and accompanies you on your circular business transformation journey.

The cornerstones of our training approach are:

  • Knowledge:
Learn about the economic, societal and environmental benefits of circular models   
  • Skills:
Acquire a complete practitioners’ toolkit for quick and efficient circular transition
  • Competences:
Develop a step-by-step approach of transformation towards a circular business
  • Coaching:
Receive guidance and support for your circular transition

Formats of the Circular Business Academy

Opportunity days

Full track CBA

Seminars & Workshops

For Startups



The Circular Triangle

A multi-layer systemic transition:

A journey through technological discontinuities, emerging regulatory issues, shift in fiscal (taxation), supply-side policies, targeted public investments and other incentives

Values and societal dynamics:

Stakeholder relationships; citize actions, aggregate consumer preferencies; industry relations and the future of work

Corporate transformation:

A circular business model (re)design; cross-industry value chains and cooperation; innovation management; acqusition of new competencies

Circularity Assessment Score - CAS

Engaged companies will receive an initial CBA Circularity Assessment Score* and a possibility to continue monitoring their progress.

Circularity Assessment Score (CAS) is based on an in-company business review and a questionnaire survey.
The survey enables to define the typology of the business transformation (profile gap), the type of the circular business model being pursued and the challenges ahead of the company.

*Circularity Assessment Score (CAS) is intellectual property of Gm.

International CBA Faculty

Lectures and project work is conducted by selected speakers and advisors with early experience including members of the faculty, guest speakers and testimonials of best practices

mag. Jurij Giacomelli

Founder of Giacomelli media

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Circular economy business models design and transformation

dr. Slaven Mičković

Senior risk manager

‏‏‎ ‎Risk assessment and mitigating in transiting towards circular business models

Christiaan Kraaijenhagen, MSc

Entrepreneur & Innovation Strategist at Innoboost

Implementing the circular transformation

Christoph Püntmann, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Founder, Managing Director HiBrook

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Financial expert and advisor

Mag. Karin Huber-Heim

Senior expert on social responsibility and stakeholder management

Sustainable development in the circular economy

dr. Massimo Sbarbaro


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Historian of medieval economic history, culture through IT

dr. Dragica Marinič

Head coordinator of SRIP CE Networks

A network for transforming business models from linear into circular

Mirjana D. Perko

Chair of Incon d.o.o.

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Investor, senior financial executive investing in circular frontrunners

mag. Mateja Mešl

Director of the Paper and Pulp Institute

Best practice: invasive plants biomass regeneration into paper production

Our Expert Practitioners

We foster a network of selected experts of circular transformation processes and change management that will help you on your transformation journey, regardless of which sector you come from.

In alphabetical order: Andrej Baričič, Mitja Čok, Mirjana Dimc Perko, Petra Grmek Green, Katja Hleb, Damir Ibrahimagic Kopinic, Borut Kolmanič, Janez Križan, Niko Kumar, Mojca Markizeti, Dorijan Maršič, Bojana Omersel Weeks, Majda Potokar, Tadeja Prosen, Martina Puc, Tomaž Schara, Bart Stegeman, Jasna Suhadolc, Polona Tratnik, Franc Matjaž Zupančič, Vesna Lavtižar, Christoph Püntmann, Werner Kössler and others. 

For whom?

The course is intended for professionals who are interested and involved in a transition to a circular economy, either directly in their organisations, or with their partners upstream (suppliers) or downstream (buyers) the value chain.
Participants may assume a number of roles in the transformation process: executives and general managers, consultants, researchers, technology experts, communication professionals, product and project managers and policy-makers.
Typical participants in the Circular Business Academy include senior representatives of company clusters from the industries that are advancing in a circular transition, and other stakeholders who are involved in strategic innovation and development partnerships and collaboration programmes.

Why choose CBA?

  • Learn from and exchange knowledge and skills directly with leading experts and practitioners of the circular economy

  • New growth opportunities of the circular economy

  • Circular portfolio analysis and circular self-assessment

  • Complete practitioners‘ toolkit for a circular business model transformation

  • Practical guidelines and hands-on assistance towards a circular transformation

  • Identification and acquisition of new competencies for business model transformation

  • Understanding the nature of financing and options for circular models

  • Individual mentoring to support the process of implementation

  • Certificate of “Circular Transformation Manager”


Welcome to join the change!


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