Winner of the 18th edition of the Columbus Trophy announced


Circ Energy took the win this year

After a long run, with more than 40 candidates competing, the winner of the Columbus Trophy was announced on Monday, October 11 during BBB Maastricht. Selected participants have gone through several rounds. The 9 remaining finalists who presented themselves to the expert jury over a 2-month period had to wait until October 11 for the exciting result. The winners were announced by Wim Dupont (chairman of the Columbus Trophy) and Charles van Goch (initiator). René Schers, co-founder of Circ Energy, took the win this year. He left Tim Christophe van Schommel of Tafel in 2nd place. Job Hoefs and Renee Notermans of Yellowstone won 3rd place.


Last year, the Columbus Trophy, like many events, could not continue in its original form. This year an “Digital Selling Summit” was organised with the theme 'Offline needs online'. Last year's finalists were unable to participate in 2020, so they were offered a place on the podium during the 2021 celebration. This means twice as many innovations were celebrated in 2021! BBB Maastricht has chosen appropriate theme #horecastaystrong and all candidates have definitely shown a lot of resilience over the past COVID year.

Circ Energy

Circ Energy helps companies reach their sustainable ambitions by turning unconsumed food into sustainable BioGas and BioWater. Its BioTransformer was designed for this, a smart and affordable power plant that converts your leftover food into sustainable energy and plant food that can be used in local gardens and landscaping. René Schers also shared that “The short payback period makes it an interesting sustainable investment. One that your guests will certainly appreciate.”

Columbus Trophy

The Columbus Trophy is a cash prize contest for young entrepreneurs who develop innovative and unique ideas within the catering industry. Participants come up with a unique catering concept that can be partly brought to life using this incentive prize.

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