Think Beyond Plastic™ advances businesses with measurable impact on plastic pollution and strong commercial potential.
The 8-week 2015 Accelerator Class (August 17 - Octbober 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 Capital, As You Saw, Aveda, Chico Bag, Christie Communications, Comar Law, Development Innovation Ventures at USAID, Ecovative Design, Equilibrium Capital, LOHAS, Michigan State University, Silicon Valley Bank, Replenish, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) at NSF, UPSTREAM, and others.
The following businesses have been invited to participate:
Ambercycle: Utilizing 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 Materials: Mango Materials uses affordable and plentiful methane gas as a feedstock to manufacture biodegradable plastics.
MemaMixis: MetaMixis specializes in the rapid discovery of enzymes and pathways for the production of bio-based materials and chemicals
Renew 3D: Removes 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 Recede: aAll-in-one weed barrier soil-degradable mulch bags that will eliminate 2 Billion plastic bags from entering the environment.