What is XLabs?
XLabs is a circular economy lab for up to 25 businesses, working alongside circular experts, scientists, technologists and creative minds. XLabs creates the space to accelerate your innovation and shape extraordinary ideas for your business.
This is it.
A series of collaborative workshops at the necessary intersection of sustainability, technology and science. Together, we will help you unlock pathways towards a more regenerative future in Auckland – a circular economy worth up to $8.8 billion^.
XLabs 2020 –
Launching on the 27th February, XLabs will be held across five one-day workshops on consecutive Fridays from 28th February, with a final pitch event to potential funders on the 31st March.
Held at Hatchbox, GridAKL’s innovation lab on level 4, 12 Madden St, Auckland Central.
The XLabs method
Circular by Design methodology will be at the heart of XLabs.
It is a method developed by Circularity to help businesses apply circular economy principles to accelerate their innovation towards a more resilient future using six simple steps.
These methods will help redesign new business models, products and services created in XLabs to generate new value for people and planet.
At XLabs you will:
- Learn how to apply this proprietary Circular by Design methodology to future-proof your capability, empower problem-solving, start activating change and unlock future value.
- Co-create tangible solutions to your challenge with the input of XLab’s leading experts and cross-industry collaboration.
- Ideate, prototype and test your circular innovations in a design sprint style, and then have the opportunity to pitch your ideas to potential funders.
"What's excited me about XLabs is the ability to move through a complex business problem, to better understand it and shape up a solution we need to work towards as a business – with support and speed."
JEMMA WHITEN, ECOSTORE
"It's really exciting to see how we could potentially collaborate, the connections we can make between different areas and people, to see these different minds come together at XLabs."
ELEANOR DWYER, STUDENT
"Many Auckland businesses will be going through this process of working out how they can create a more circular system and that's really exciting for Auckland's future."
BRITTANY LITTLE, ECOSTORE
Source: ^‘The Circular Opportunity for Auckland and how business can realise it’, by the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) with economic analysis by Sapere Research Group, and
*ATEED Insights report Circular Economy A New Dynamic for Auckland Business.