Our 2020 Report
The Innovation Center is designed to grow and strengthen the innovation eco-system by meeting the needs of the key stakeholders - innovators, investors and industry, through its Innovation Hub and Regional User facilities for design, testing, characterization and prototyping.
The Center selects entrepreneurs and innovators with demonstrated commercial potential and helps with a path to commercialization. It provides services to industry seeking innovation and discovery; and to investors interested in opportunities with proven transformative potential.
ANNUAL INNOVATION CHALLENGE
The Annual Innovation Challenge is a core program raising global innovation and entrepreneurship with focus on high priority innovation areas.
Since 2012, the annual Think Beyond Plastic Innovation Challenge has mobilized the innovator community for a large scale response to plastic pollution with focus on innovation for circular materials, circular packaging and product design and creative communications.
The 2020 Innovation Challenge is sponsored by Driscoll and is focused on innovations reducing the use of field plastics in agriculture.
MESOAMERICAN REEF PROJECT
Plastic pollution presents a growing, significant and urgent threat to the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) fragile marine eco-systems, and to public health.
Traditional approaches that focus on managing waste through recycling and incineration have proven inadequate to the massive challenge of plastic pollution, driven by growth of consumption and tourism. The problem is especially visible in small islands with limited municipal infrastructure and economic resources.
Projects are under way on the Bay Islands of Honduras and other areas of the Mesoamerican Reef communities.