About


The Switchers is a community of inspiring
green entrepreneurs and changemakers in the Mediterranean region.

It is also a place where entrepreneurs that share a common passion for the environment can meet.
Switchers are green and circular businesses implementing eco-innovative solutions that contribute to sustainable and fair consumption and production models. They are active in a variety of fields, such as sustainable farming, green construction, sustainable textiles and cosmetics, eco-tourism, renewable energy, or waste management.

The platform theswitchers.eu tells their stories of sustainable transformation and change. We aim to shine a light on these changemakers and contribute to a more differentiated picture of the Mediterranean region.

As members of this community, Switchers benefit from a number of resources within our network, such as:

  • Increased public visibility. You will be able to share your story with stakeholders, investors, grant applications and on social media.
  • Benefit from peer-to-peer support and knowledge exchange by joining our interactive Switchers group.
  • Receive updates about funding and training opportunities.
  • Get invitations to speak at international networking events.

We are currently reviewing and expanding the Switchers Support Programme to include the following services:

  • Support for the creation, incubation and acceleration of green and circular business models. The programme will transfer methodologies and toolkits for eco-design, green business development and social and environmental impact monitoring. These will be available at the Switchers Support Programme web-platform and through our local partners.
  • Support on access to finance by providing capacity-building, facilitating match-making with investors and launching new editions of the Switchers Fund Award.
  • Support on access to market by creating links with retailers and increasing the demand of green products and services.
  • Support on media outreach, by increasing visibility of circular businesses to a global audience.
  • Creation of the Switchers Policy Watch through which engage Mediterranean policy makers in enabling and supporting the development of the green entrepreneurship ecosystem.

A web-portal to the Switchers Support Programme is being created as a unique getaway for users to get in touch with the Programme and its tools and services.

 


The Switchers platform has been developed by the Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC).
The platform started within the framework of the EU-funded SwitchMed programme (2012-2018), an initiative that supports and connects stakeholders to scale up eco and social innovations in the Mediterranean. Since 2019, the Switchers has become an independent initiative, leading to the creation of the Switchers Support Programme (see description above).
SCP/RAC is a centre for international cooperation with Mediterranean countries on development and innovation in the production sector and civil society, based on more sustainable consumption and production models. Our aim is to provide green entrepreneurs with tools and connections to supporting partners for their eco and social innovations, to achieve productive, circular and sharing economies in the Mediterranean. The Centre develops its activity under the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) for the protection and development of the Mediterranean basin, an organisation belonging to the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment).
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