Fall Accelerator Class (2015) 

Think Beyond Plastic™ advances businesses with measurable impact on plastic pollution and strong commercial potential. 


The 8-week 2015 Accelerator Class (August 17 - October 15) features a broad spectrum of speakers and mentors:

CEOs, serial entrepreneurs, major brands, investors, VCs, policy-makers, marketing and communication experts, legal experts, NGOs, scientists and entrepreneurs from


Aligned Venture CapitalAs You Saw, Aveda, Chico Bag, Christie Communications, Comar Law, USAID - Development Innovation Ventures, Ecovative DesignEquilibrium CapitalLOHASMichigan State University, Silicon Valley Bank, Replenish, NSF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), UPSTREAM, and others. 


The following businesses have been invited to participate:


AmbercycleUtilizing engineered microbes to convert waste plastics into high value chemicals, currently derived from petroleum


AquaDuck: Smart-phone enabled integrated network of water refill stations thatconnect to the municipal supply, with cooling and purification occurring at the point of service


Bioserie: World’s first dishwasher safe and USDA certified 100% biobased bioplastic baby toys, made from renewable resources


Black Lodge Design Lab: Sustainably-derived, biodegradable, price-competitive alternatives to Polystyrene


Dropps® A leading unit dose household products company conveniently delivering superior cleaning with a minimal plastic footprint


Earth Nurture:  Additives for conventional plastics that makes them biodegradable in landfills and in compost facilities


Fishbone Design: Eco and consumer-friendly beverage packaging that eliminates plastic, lowers cost and provides marketing impact


Grow Plastics: Patent-pending process to expand bioplastics into a sandwich-core structure, for superior products using half the material. All resulting products are compostable and recyclable, using only starch-based plastics without plasticizers in the process.


The Green Garmento: reusable bags replacing single-use plastic bags used by dry-cleaners and measurably reducing plastic pollution


Mango MaterialsMango Materials uses affordable and plentiful methane gas as a feedstock to manufacture biodegradable plastics.


MemaMixisMetaMixis specializes in the rapid discovery of enzymes and pathways for the production of bio-based materials and chemicals


Renew 3DRemoves plastic from waste streams and converts it into high-quality 3D printer filament to create a sustainable solution for 3D printing.


Thread International: Thread takes plastic waste from the poorest places in the world and transforms it into dignified jobs and useful stuff people love.


Weed RecedeaAll-in-one weed barrier soil-degradable mulch bags that will eliminate 2 Billion plastic bags from entering the environment.


To be considered for acceleration services, please enter the Innovation Competition or send us this Commercialization Plan Summary.