The Think Beyond Plastic™ Innovation Forum facilitates and advances disruptive innovation with focus on plastic pollution. It formulates, hatches and incubates ideas. Of particular interest are recycling innovations that result in increased collection rates and reducing complexity of material handling, material innovations that result in new materials or repurpose of existing materials towards new uses; manufacturing innovations, that reduce production costs and increase scalability; and design innovations that focus on reducing plastic pollution and exposure to the toxic impacts of plastic compounds. The Forum directs innovation towards hot spots of plastic pollution, where consumption is the highest and market failures result in lowest collection: disposable plastic, plastic medical waste, ocean plastic, with market focus on food services, food packaging, retail, personal care products, construction and transportation, etc.
The Forum produces Focused Innovation projects and an annual Entrepreneur Business Competition.
2014- 2015 Business Competition
The Annual Business Competition invites entrepreneurs to compete with solutions and businesses that measurably reduce plastic pollution. The businesses can be at any stage, including seed funding. The products may be services, applications, materials etc.
The 2014-2015 Competition is open, learn more and enter now.
We seek innovation projects and ideas that challenge existing value networks and have a demonstrated potential to measurably reduce plastic pollution.
In this pre-Accelerator phase, our team will explore commercialization for innovative ideas. We will research viable business models and business strategies; we will evaluate feasibility and sustainability; and we will deliver a recommendation for the engineering approach. Upon exit, the innovation project is ready to develop business plan and funding.
The Forum seeks to inspire the creation of ideas that address plastic pollution. These ideas are bold and forward thinking, and have the potential to create new market and value networks. The Innovation Forum pursues the displacement of existing technologies and conventional plastic products, and the creation of completely new products and technologies. Most importantly, not replacing one material with another, but stirring innovation and creativity; rethink, and redesign of entire systems.
The Think Beyond Plastic™ Innovation Forum is in affiliation with Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE) a non-profit public charity exmpt from federal income tax under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.