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Our Funds and Investment Portfolio
Circulate Capital manages two active funds: Circulate Capital Ocean Fund and Circulate Capital Disrupt.
The Circulate Capital Ocean Fund (CCOF I) provides both debt and equity financing to waste management, recycling, and circular economy start-ups and SMEs in India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. CCOF helps solutions to scale and replicate by connecting them to the supply chains of the world’s leading companies.
Circulate Capital Disrupt is a companion venture and private equity fund to CCOF that invests globally in disruptive technologies at the nexus of climate tech and circular plastics. These include innovative materials, alternative delivery models, advanced recycling technologies and deep technologies that apply big data and artificial intelligence to expand circular supply chains.
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Our Investment Model
A majority of the plastic waste entering the ocean is originating from countries in Asia which lack waste management and recycling infrastructure to capture plastic before it reaches the ocean. Research shows that a 45% reduction in plastic leakage is possible by improving waste management infrastructure in just five countries in Asia.
We invest in companies that prevent plastic pollution and advance the circular economy in South and Southeast Asia and in targeted innovations that build circular supply chains globally, offering strong potential for impact and returns. Our goal is to prove the investment case and catalyze significant capital into the solutions.
Circulate Capital established the world’s first investment fund dedicated to preventing ocean plastic: the Circulate Capital Ocean Fund (CCOF I). It is a new, blended financing mechanism, bringing together the public and private sectors to invest for maximum impact. CCOF's investors are leading global corporations including PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Dow, Danone, Chanel, Unilever, The Coca-Cola Company, CP Chem and Mondelez International. It is also backed by the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation in partnership with USAID, which provides a 50% guarantee of CCOF’s loans, up to $35 million USD, further de-risking investments.
Backed by private investors, Circulate Capital Disrupt is a companion venture and private equity fund to CCOF that invests in disruptive technologies at the nexus of climate-tech and plastics, recycling and the circular economy.
In addition, CCD will participate in select, high growth investment opportunities across the waste management and recycling value chain in South and Southeast Asia alongside CCOF that prevent plastic pollution by the tons and have a climate impact.
What We Look For
Our purpose is to enable financing to businesses which are transforming the waste management and recycling systems in South and Southeast Asia by scaling collection and sorting, upcycling and digitization across the plastic waste value chain.
We’re also investing in upstream innovations, including innovative materials, alternative delivery models, advanced recycling and deep technologies that apply big data and artificial intelligence to build global circular supply chains.
We are particularly interested in projects that offer:
Opportunities to implement more efficient collection and aggregation, and/or to apply more professional management, within the existing infrastructure, including the informal sector (e.g., ‘waste or rag pickers’), for plastics and other commodities within the waste stream.
Opportunities to galvanize underutilized assets that may contribute to more efficient collection, sorting, and recycling or end use of plastics and other commodities within the waste stream.
Technologies, materials, applications and projects that contribute to either transforming the plastic waste management value chain or to building global circular supply chains.
For more detail on the investment criteria and proposals, click here to download the full Request for Proposal.