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2016 Innovation Competition

Welcome Competition Applicants!

Plastic pollution is changing the planet in a way that jeopardizes human security and well-being. The plastic pollution trend we are contributing to differs alarmingly from any other pollution trends. It is driven by the unintended uses of a material that is long-lasting, toxic and intentionally cheap. The effects of plastic pollution are being felt across the globe – in our oceans, our rivers, our air and the food chain. Plastic pollution can be found in almost every one of us. 

We no longer have the luxury of treating plastic pollution as a future problem that can be mitigated by end-of-life actions. It is urgent and massive. It is here now. 

Plastic pollution is an untapped innovation and investment opportunity. 

We are looking for disruptive innovation in materials, manufacturing, product design or recycling that measurably reduce plastic pollution and its global economic, environmental and public health impacts.

Of special interest are innovations such as: 

  • solutions to the microbead and microplastic problem;
  • natural bio-polymer plastic alternatives;
  • non-toxic alternatives to plastic chemical additives

​Successful participants will have a well-articulated business idea,  a solid value proposition and sustainable business practices.

Applications may be entered in more than one categories. 

All applications must lead to solutions at scale.


All winners will be enrolled in the 2016 Accelerator Program and are eligible to receive various sponsored cash awards.

Most Innovative Business

Awarded to a business with existing revenues, strong infrastructure and positive environmental impact.

Most Innovative Business Idea

Awarded to an exciting idea, technology or emerging business without existing revenues, with demonstrated innovation leadership.

Most Innovative Emerging Business

Awarded to an emerging business with strong environmental promise and a solid business infrastructure, which may be pre- or post-revenue.

Only complete applications will be eligible to win.

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