Thursday, November 4, 2021

Local Businesses Invited to Apply for City of Austin’s [Re]Verse Pitch Competition


Businesses with surplus material can apply to participate in annual competition hosted this spring
The City of Austin is accepting applications from local businesses and institutions to participate in the seventh annual [Re]Verse Pitch Competition, a program that aims to reduce waste in Austin.

The [Re]Verse Pitch Competition is seeking businesses with surplus material or by-product waste, such as packaging materials, food, textiles, and wood (find other examples from previous years), to apply to be a material supplier. Businesses accepted as suppliers will pitch their material to competing innovators and entrepreneurs in January 2022. These entrepreneurs will receive mentorship and support as they create new products or business ventures using the materials.

Austin businesses can cut their disposal costs, create new partnerships among the business community, have a positive social and economic impact in Austin, and establish new systems for waste reduction.

Apply to become a material supplier at the [Re]Verse Pitch Competition. The deadline to apply is December 10, 2021. 

The [Re]Verse Pitch Competition is also seeking volunteer mentors and advisors; volunteer opportunities can be found here. For more information, visit reversepitch.org.

The [Re]Verse Pitch Competition is a collaboration between the City of Austin and the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce, with additional support from a wide variety of community partners. 

 
About the Circular Economy Program
The City of Austin Circular Economy Program's mission is to provide individuals with the knowledge and ability to extend the life of their everyday items, to provide circular economy businesses with economic development support that enables them to create good jobs, especially for underrepresented populations, and to foster a resilient zero waste ecosystem in Central Texas. The program is a partnership between Austin Resource Recovery and the Economic Development Department.

About Austin Resource Recovery
Austin Resource Recovery provides a wide range of services designed to transform waste into resources while keeping our community clean. Services include curbside collection of recycling, trash, yard trimmings and large brush and bulk items; street sweeping; dead animal collection; household hazardous waste disposal and recycling; and outreach and education. Austin Resource Recovery offers free, voluntary and confidential consulting services to help Austin businesses reduce waste and comply with the City's recycling ordinances. In December 2011, the Austin City Council approved the Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan, which is the City's road map to Zero Waste. The City of Austin is committed to reducing the amount of waste sent to area landfills by 90 percent by 2040. Learn more at austinrecycles.com.
 
About the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce
The Austin Young Chamber promotes the general economic interests of the Central Texas business community through initiatives and efforts designed to build and strengthen our young professional workforce. Connect with the Austin Young Chamber on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn, or check out upcoming programs at austinyc.org.

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