Austin startups to pitch sustainable company concepts

Illustration of a plant shaped like a cog being watered by a watering can
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Aged bullet-proof vests could furnish the up coming technology of drinking water bottles.

Driving the information: As portion of a metropolis energy to steer waste away from landfills, 8 Austin startups will pitch their “circular” small business — people that are focused on reuse, zero squander or sustainability — to a panel of judges and buyers for a opportunity to acquire $5,000.

Why it issues: Round companies assistance around $1 billion in community economic action and more than 6,300 jobs, according to the Austin Recycling & Reuse‐Related Economic system Impression report from 2020.

Of be aware: The metropolis is attempting to get to a zero squander intention by 2040, or lower the amount of trash despatched to landfills by 90%. The diversion fee in 2021 was 42%.

Specifics: The winner of the competitors will acquire prize income and a chance to link with opportunity buyers. This is a glance at the startups vying for the prize:

  • Born Again Kreations will develop insulated water bottle holders with fabric from Austin Creative Reuse and bulletproof vests from Travis County.
  • Floral Sea is a conceptual vogue house and style and design studio targeted on range and inclusivity in elegance, design and style and society.
  • GROARTS programs to make a box for growing microgreens at property utilizing plastic boxes and plastic inserts from the Austin Local community College Bioscience Incubator and EQO.
  • Heron rents and provides merchandise that you will not use ample to purchase, which include carpet cleaners and air mattresses.
  • Not Nice turns aluminum cans into jewellery.
  • Reclaim.Repurpose.Reimagine results in packaging for luxury products applying cloth samples from Austin Imaginative Reuse and bulletproof vests from Travis County.
  • Revision Merchandise ideas to make residence items with fabric samples from Austin Innovative Reuse.
  • Use2 is an incubator, which aims to increase substance goods’ lifespans and market them to business owners.

What they are saying: Jaclyn Heiser and Declan O’Reilly of GROARTS explained the event would give their microgreens startup an chance to get in front of possible buyers.

  • Established in 2021, GROARTS, or Improve Agriculture Exploration and Systems, reuses “pipette suggestion boxes” from ACC. The bins are roughly 75% of lab-produced squander and often sorted as healthcare waste and improperly stop up in the landfill, according to Heiser.
  • “There are so a lot of squander streams out there, and a great deal of matters that get thrown absent from unique industries are quite precious supplies,” Heiser explained to Axios.

What is upcoming: The competition’s pitch event runs tonight from 5:30-8pm at The Cathedral. The occasion is absolutely free and open to the general public.


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