Circular Austin Showcase brings together investors and entrepreneurs for a pitch event supporting the circular economy

The City of Austin’s Circular Austin Showcase connects circular economy businesses and entrepreneurs with potential investors in the region. Circular economy businesses provide sustainable solutions to their customers and practice zero waste within the organization. During this event, these entrepreneurs and business owners will pitch their circular economy business ideas and meet with investors to start and/or grow their businesses.

The City of Austin is proud to support our local circular businesses by hosting an event that helps Austin reduce waste, create a cleaner environment and grow the local circular economy.

"Circular Austin Showcase: Connect. Pitch. Impact. "

Showcase Prize

Circular economy businesses will pitch to judges for a chance to win $5,000 in prize money.

Connect

Event attendees can meet with investors and business owners to learn more about local efforts and opportunities.

Pitch

A pitch event hosting a diverse group of people from investor and business communities to support and inspire growth in the circular economy. Select circular economy businesses will pitch to judges for a chance to win $5,000 in prize money.

Impact

The showcase will inspire and educate the investment community on the social, environmental and economic benefits of circular economy businesses.

Application and eligibility

Applications close on May 31, 2022.
Space is limited. Apply to participate.

Businesses and social enterprises must be located in the City of Austin, and meet these additional requirements: 

  • must be focused on the circular economy, zero waste or sustainability. 
  • cannot have raised more than $500,000 in funding. 
  • must have an annual revenue under $250,000. 

Applications will be reviewed in early June. Scoring is based on business viability, fundability, circular economy/zero-waste impact, economic impact and local job creation, and pitch delivery.


Event information

August 30, 2022, 5:30–8 p.m.
The Cathedral | 2403 E 16th St., Austin, TX 78702

The event is free and open to the public. Learn more and register to attend.


2021 winner

Locoal won the 2021 Circular Showcase from a field of 10 businesses; including four companies that participated as Reverse Pitch Innovation Fellows. Locoal received a $3,000 cash prize for their idea to repurpose spent grain to create ‘wattle socks’ to prevent soil erosion. Watch the event recording.

2021 finalists: 

  • Black Lives Veggies – repurpose plastic waste to create garden boxes 
  • DV Designs* – repurpose spent grain to create beverage coasters 
  • Locoal* – repurpose spent grain to create ‘wattle socks,’ which help prevent soil erosion 
  • Lola’s Classic Babies* – repurpose unwanted fabric decorator samples to create baby bow ties 
  • Pink Sugar LLC – reduce food waste by reusing cake and cupcake by-products; creating new products  
  • Royal Jelly Bee Co. – create an apiary using locally sourced livestock and recycled woodware 
  • Reuseful Earth* – repurpose large plastic sacks to create container gardens 
  • Review Technology – a mobile app that allows a user to tell if an item is recyclable or compostable 
  • Re-Mat – reduce landfilled materials by opening a mattress recycling facility 
  • Terra Golf – reuse textile waste to create golf club covers

*2021 Reverse Pitch Innovation Fellows 


The City of Austin supports businesses and entrepreneurs in the circular economy sector through a partnership between the Circular Economy Program and Economic Development Department.