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