City of Austin to host pitch event spotlighting local, circular businesses – AustinTexas.gov

by | Aug 29, 2022 | Business

WhatJoin Austin Resource Recovery, the Austin Young Chamber and the Economic Development Department for the City of Austin’s Circular Austin Showcase. This is a pitch event for local ‘circular’ businesses, focused on reuse, zero waste, and/or sustainability.  
The Circular Austin Showcase is an opportunity for circular businesses to reach potential investors, attract new audiences and showcase their business models to like-minded individuals and business owners. According to the 2020 Austin Recycling Economic Impact Study, circular businesses support over $1 billion in local economic activity and over 6,300 jobs while helping Austin reduce waste to reach its zero waste goal by 2040. 
Who
The event is hosted by Austin Resource Recovery, the Austin Young Chamber and the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
Eight businesses will participate in the showcase to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win $5,000 in prize money and connect with potential investors. The companies pitching are: 

Born Again Kreations* – plans to create insulated water bottle holders using decorator fabric samples and cuts of high-quality fleece from Austin Creative Reuse and bulletproof vests from Travis County.

FLORAL SEA – is a conceptual fashion house and design studio that was launched in response to the lack of diversity and inclusivity of Black-Latinx beauty, style, and culture in today’s sustainable fashion scene. 

GROARTS* – plans to create the GROBOX which is a simple hydroponic setup for growing microgreens at home using plastic boxes and plastic inserts from ACC Bioscience Incubator and EQO.

Heron – rents and delivers anything you don’t use enough to buy. Everything from carpet cleaners to knee scooters to projectors to air mattresses delivered right to your doorstep.

Not Nice – turns the vibrant graphics on aluminum cans into unique jewelry and accessories, creating simple, lightweight earrings from punched and sanded aluminum and incorporating other upcycled materials to create wallets, beer tasting journals, and pendant jewelry.

Reclaim.Repurpose.Reimagine.* – plans to create packaging for luxury goods using decorator fabric samples from Austin Creative Reuse and bulletproof vests from Travis County.

REVISION GOODS* – plans to create durable home goods using decorator fabric samples from Austin Creative Reuse.

USE2 – is a grassroots incubator committed to demonstrating the economics of innovative resale processes driven by extending material lifespans and circularity. In a USE2 scenario, donated material goods are immediately sorted, aggregated and sold to entrepreneurs.
*Winners of the City’s 2022 [Re]verse Pitch Competition 
When
Tuesday, August 30, 2022, 5:30 – 8 p.m. 
Where 
The Cathedral | 2403 E 16th St., Austin, TX 78702
This event is free and open to the public; registration is required.
Attendees will have a chance to hear company pitches, join networking sessions and learn about Austin’s circular economy. Register to attend the August 30 Circular Austin Showcase.  
For more information, visit AustinTexas.gov/CircularShowcase.

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