Disrupters: transforming business with circular solutions




From blockchain to nappies, this panel of leading businesses will share how they are making ‘circular’ businesses work today, and discuss what they need to break down the barriers keeping their businesses from being ‘the norm’. Even the most personal solutions have systemic implications.

Mathew Creese, is chief scientist and head of R&D at Eenee designs. Eenee have developed completely compostable nappies for children and adults. The world-first patented nappy systems are the only products on the market suitable for commercial composting, and were recently promoted by the World Economic Forum as one of five disruptive technologies driving the circular economy under their international arm gCycle.

Phillip White, Founder of BlockCycle, spent a year in Coca-Cola facilities in Europe, the US and Indonesia with a mission to come up with a way to tackle Coke’s biggest global challenges in sustainability. His solution was BlockCycle – a platform powered by blockchain that matches problem data from big business to solution data from entrepreneurs, industry, research & educational institutes and disrupters. His service is in pilot trials with Coke and their partners now, and set for launch for other companies in 2018.

Andrew Sellick, Head of Environmental Sustainability at Australia Post, will share how Australia's oldest continually operating organisation is bringing together clients and stakeholders to collaborate, and the role it is playing to promote circular economy approaches as it implements its future-focussed strategy.

Phillip Vafiadis, Chairman of Titomic and Founding Executive Chairman of Tonsley-based accelerator Innovyz, and serial entrepreneur, will share his experience and insight on what it takes to disrupt traditional industries, and how new initiatives in circular economy can get to scale.

Abigail Forsyth, co-founder and managing director of Australian icon KeepCup, will share her experience in getting to scale and managing growth, changing consumer behaviour and ignoring those that described the prototype as the ‘stupidest idea ever’.