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Onboard Laboratory

The Accelerator Program For Tomorrow’s Recyclers

Plastic Odyssey’s ambition is to connect all the actors of change in order to share good ideas, multiply local initiatives around the world, and accelerate the transition to a plastic-free world.

Support Entrepreneurs who innovate for the benefit of the Environment.

A Unique Acceleration Program

Develop the Plastic Recycling
Solutions of Tomorrow

The Recycling Projects Accelerator

ONBOARD LABORATORY is a unique accelerator programme for entrepreneurs who want to launch a social initiatives in plastic recycling. It includes technical support, but also several training sessions on social entrepreneurship.

The aim of this support is to develop the plastic recycling solutions of tomorrow.

The programme is based on an international network of technical experts and allows each entrepreneur to prototype their objects directly on board thanks to the recycling workshop. This 200 m2 space is composed of 9 plastic recycling machines including a washing tank, a shredder, a compactor, an extruder, a press and a plate furnace. The entire recycling chain is available to entrepreneurs so that they can carry out their recycling projects under real conditions.

Some key figures

More than 30 calls for applications

A few months before each stopover, local entrepreneurs can apply to win a unique incubation.

Between 2 to 6 projects selected per stopover

A total of 60+ accelerated projects in 30 countries around the world.
Discover the first laureates of session #1 in France.

2 weeks of acceleration on board

Program: embarking on the Plastic Odyssey ship, prototyping recycled plastic objects, advice from technical and business experts.

Boarding the Plastic Odyssey vessel

Several months before each port of call, local projects submit their project proposals to a call for applications launched by Plastic Odyssey The selected project leaders embark for two weeks on board the ship and benefit from a unique incubation program consisting of a technical part, thanks to the onboard workshop and Plastic Odyssey’s engineers who are at their disposal to prototype their solutions, and a project management part with social business experts who offer training sessions to move from the idea to the operational launch of the project.

Launch of the programme

ONBOARD LABORATORY Session #1 – Dunkerque, France.

The first promotion of entrepreneurs is exceptionally composed of 6 selected projects:

Discover the laureates

Planches de skateboard en plastique recyclé

by Jason Knight, Industrial Designer & Artist

Lingots en plastique recyclé

by Alban Desbarax and David Le Gall

Bac de récupération de matières

By Nicolas Legendre, Industrial Designer

Conchyl’Innov, recyclage de matériaux ostréicoles

By Charlotte Rhone, Shellfish farming

Purple alternative surface, dalles de revêtement alternative

By Pierre Quinonero and Sébastien Molas

Plasti-cycle, le vélo en plastique recyclé

by Sribouavong Daovone, Circular Economy Consultant

Entrepreneurial support for the winners of this first session was provided by the Crédit Agricole Group, via its Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation and several of its Regional Banks.

ONBOARD LABORATORY Session #2 – Beirut, Lebanon

Discover and participate to our onboard laboratory program for recycling solutions during our stopover in Lebanon

Registration closed.

ONBOARD LABORATORY Session #4 – Alexandria, Egypt

Discover and participate to our onboard laboratory program for recycling solutions during our stopover in Egypt

Registration closed.

ONBOARD LABORATORY Session #4 – Tunisia

Discover and participate to our onboard laboratory program for recycling solutions during our stopover in Tunisia

Registration closed.

ONBOARD LABORATORY Session #5 – Morocco

Discover and participate to our onboard laboratory program for recycling solutions during our stopover in Morocco

Registration opened.

ONBOARD LABORATORY Session #6 – Senegal

Discover and participate to our onboard laboratory program for recycling solutions during our stopover in Senegal

Registration opened.

ONBOARD LABORATORY Session #8 – Guinea

Discover and participate to our onboard laboratory program for recycling solutions during our stopover in Guinea

Registration opened.

ONBOARD LABORATORY Session #9 – Cape Verde

Discover and participate to our onboard laboratory program for recycling solutions during our stopover in Cape Verde

Registration opened.