On May 29, 2014, the City of Austin hosted the first-of-its-kind Recycling Innovations Investment Forum at Austin City Hall in partnership with the Texas Entrepreneur Network. The forum brought recycling manufacturing companies together with investors to help them start-up, expand, or relocate to Austin. As a Zero Waste community, Austin is aggressively pulling recyclable materials from the waste stream and driving local markets where innovative local companies use these recycled materials to make new, value-added products.
Ten companies, including two existing Austin companies, two local start-ups, three national firms, one international company, and two local non-profits, pitched their ventures to 23 investors and an audience of nearly 100 spectators. Find out more about each company below:
EcoGrid Energy – an Austin-based start-up recycling scrap tires into crumbed rubber for a variety of markets. View their presentation here.
EcoStrate – an Arlington, TX-based company that recycles post-consumer plastics into signs and flooring materials looking to expand. View their presentation here.
FillAbox – an Arkansas-based company expansion proposing collection programs that convert waste to carbon credits View their presentation here.