Develop a 'social and circular' business model for re-using and recycling electronic 'waste'


Second-hand organization De Beurs (Oldenzaal) and garbage-collection company Twente Milieu want to develop a business case to collect, sort, recycle and re-use electronic products, such as computers, washing machines and small electronic equipment. De Beurs employs people who have difficulties to participate in regular working processes. How can De Beurs develop a break-even business case, contributing to social employment and a circular economy?


How to design a ‘circular business model’ in the context of social entrepreneurship? What are the specific characteristics of such business model and how to address these?

How do principles of social entrepreneurship apply to this business case?


  • Literature review, interviews and examining ‘best practices’
  • Number of students: 1 (understand Dutch)

If you are looking for a (master)thesis in a High Tech Human Touch environment this could be the right job for you.

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