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Circular Solutions Labs

Innovative Solutions Driving Circular Value

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Our acclerator program leverages a powerful community of entrepreneurs, advisors, ESG/CSR experts, researchers, investors, scientists, and educators who will provide strategic advice and resources to empower founders in the development of innovative solutions for businesses and society. 

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Circular Solutions Lab

Innovative Solutions Driving Sustained Value

Circular Solutions Labs Venture Accelerator

(Supplemental Coursework for SUMA PS5470)

  • Open to all master’s students enrolled in Circular Economy for Sustainability Professionals for Fall 2021

  • Students must opt in for the additional coursework up until one week after the course begins (9/28 withdrawal date from supplemental accelerator program)

  • The focus of the program will be to accelerate ideas that can benefit sustainable corporations. Unlike traditional academic incubators, NYC Green Labs will work with investors to run an accelerator more akin to a venture capital model.


The Circular Solutions Labs Venture Accelerator focuses on the experience of early-stage founders as they decide on (1) initial product market fit or (2) go to market strategies. The aim of the supplemental program is to create viable solutions for innovative companies who exemplify sustainability.

  • Students will develop their own product formats / delivery systems, measurement tools, executions plans, and other strategic input over the course of the supplemental accelerator program

  • Explore methods and approaches early-stage founders adopt in their attempt to find the right product market fit and gain early customer traction. The course will cover five foundational sections (see below). Additional information will be provided as appropriate to add to the learning experience.

    • Product development

    • Go-to-market strategies

    • Market research techniques

    • Target customer analysis

    • ESG assessment and sustainable measures


Sustainability & Impact Innovation

Fall 2022 Sustainability & Impact Accelerator Program



Best in Class Venture Accelerator Program Structure 


Access to Leading Sustainability, ESG, and CSR Experts


Supportive Financial & Education Resources


Insightful Network, Consumer & Peer Feedback 
  • Semester-Long Accelerator Program

  • Supplemental for SUMA PS5470

  • Sustainability & Impact Focused

  • Helpful Support Structure

  • Opportunity to Impact Sustainable Startup

  • Assigned Group Mentor

  • Periodic Speaker Events

  • Supportive Research & Dialogue

  • Product development

  • Go-to-market strategies 

  • Market research techniques 

  • Target customer analysis

  • ESG assessment & sustainable measures

  • Structured Feedback Process

    • User Feedback

    • Peer Feedback

    • Expert Feedback

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Program FAQs

What is the deadline for the application?

The application is currently open and will remain open until 9/30/2022

What is the application process?

Written application is submitted and reviewed with Professor Azoulay and Staff

What is the nature of the work students will engage in throughout the program?

Each semester, 1-2 private ESG/Sustainability Related Startups will present product innovation guidance and needs and students will form groups to address. 

How long does the accelerator program last?

The program will begin 2 weeks after the semester begins and will last the entire semester. 

How many students can be in one group?

2-4 students per group is recommended although there is no actual limit.