BLOCK – NextCycle Colorado, a program designed to stimulate recycled or reclaimed content manufacturing solutions in Colorado, will host a pitch competition on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at eTown Hall in Boulder, Colorado. During the competition, companies looking to connect with private investors will pitch innovative ideas ranging from diverting plastic waste into new raw materials, to creative uses for compost and scrap tires.
The contest is the culmination of NextCycle Colorado programming, which pursues creative ideas to improve recycling and composting end markets — businesses that make new products from recycled materials. This year’s event will feature nine teams who have spent the past four months receiving mentorship from industry leaders, subject matter experts and technical support from Resource Recycling Systems.
“It’s an exciting time for recycling in Colorado as we implement progressive efforts that have the potential to really move the needle and improve recycling rates statewide,” said Jill. Hunsaker Ryan, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health. and Environment. “NextCycle has helped foster important innovations from local businesses, and I look forward to the creative solutions these latest teams bring to Colorado.”
“By investing time and resources in teams, NextCycle Colorado is building stronger recycling businesses for the state,” said Kendra Appelman-Eastvedt, recycling grants supervisor at CDPHE. “These businesses will create new jobs, products and services, and most importantly, continue the momentum toward our goal of recycling more in Colorado.”
The NextCycle program selects new and expanding companies and organizations through a competitive application process, and delivers value by connecting teams with the resources and expertise needed to reach a point where they are ready to receive investments and implement their ideas. NextCycle teams have received over $1.5 million in Resource recycling Economic opportunity grants from the CDPHE program since the inception of the program in 2018.
The teams that will be featured in the 2022 pitch competition include:
- An early-stage team of National Renewable Energy Laboratory scientists Kevin Sullivan and Mikhail Konev who are developing new technology to convert plastic waste into usable raw materials for manufacturing.
- Colorado Earth, based in Golden, is a local manufacturer of sustainable building materials made from scrap and waste from quarries and other recycled materials.
- Compost Queen has a hyperlocal composting operation in Fort Collins. They partner with area farms to compost residential food waste through transportation and processing, and also provide educational services to the community.
- Delta Brick and Climate Company, located in Montrose, uses Paonia River sediments and recycled glass to make green building materials for Colorado’s growing population.
- Docupots creates 100% recyclable and compostable seedling pots from post-consumer recycled paper in Sterling.
- Elements Mountain Compost is a rural composting operation in Salida. They divert and process organic materials for residents and businesses.
- RepEATer is a Boulder-based reusable container supplier that partners with restaurants and food delivery services to reduce waste and costs.
- Hudson-based T2GR (Tires To Green Recycling) turns scrap tires into rubber for sports fields, molding and other uses.
- Trash Panda develops innovative products in Aurora with 100% recycled plastics in the growing sport of disc golf.
“Colorado NextCycle supports businesses and organizations at every level,” said Juri Freeman, general manager at Resource Recycling Systems. “The state has immense entrepreneurial talent, and the pitch competition is an opportunity to elevate teams and take their businesses to the next level.”
Supporting NextCycle’s efforts is a new law approved earlier this month that will create Colorado’s first Circular Economy Development Center, which aims to empower Colorado businesses to create products using materials that Coloradans recycle. The center will help CDPHE achieve its commitment to increase the amount of resident recycling across the state.
The Colorado NextCycle pitch competition is free and open to the public. Investors, funders, business and community leaders, media and anyone interested are invited to attend.
Please visit Colorado NextCycle Pitch Contest for more information or to register.
For more information on Colorado NextCycle programming, please visit the Colorado NextCycle website or email [email protected].
Colorado NextCycle funding is provided through the Resource recycling Economic opportunity program. Technical support and program management are provided by Resource recycling systems.