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2014 Green Chemistry and Engineering Business Plan Competition

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As part of this year’s Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, the ACS Green Chemistry Institute® is holding the only business plan competition exclusively devoted to green and sustainable chemistry and engineering.

Early stage, pre-revenue companies who are reimagining chemistry and innovating for a sustainable future, are encouraged to apply with a short Executive Summary of their green business idea. The judges will be looking for possible solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges like our dependence on critical elements in chemical processes, transforming renewable or waste feedstocks into valuable chemicals, reducing hazardous chemical inputs in products and processes, and minimizing energy use and emissions.

Participants will gain the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of entrepreneurship throughout the entire competition, which is being led by an expert organizing committee:

  • Dr. Dan Daly—Director of Alabama Innovation & Mentoring of Entrepreneurs Center
  • Dr. Michael Lefenfeld—President & CTO of SiGNa Chemistry, Inc.
  • Dr. Rui Resendes—Executive Director of Green Centre Canada

Semi-finalists who are accepted to compete, will develop a full business plan with help from a free subscription to Business Plan Pro and a How-To Webinar led by Dr. Dan Daly. In addition to the chance to win tens of thousands of dollars in prize money, the competition provides access to intellectual property law experts, and early stage investors who are involved in green and sustainable chemistry.

Don’t miss this opportunity to receive business plan training and high-end constructive comments, and to make valuable business connections. And of course, win BIG money.

Applications are due April 25, 2014 5:00 p.m. EDT (GMT -4)


All semi-finalists are expected to submit a full business plan for Round Two judging, which will take place on-site at the Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference in the Washington, DC area on June 18, 2014.

The 2012 competition, sponsored by Preferred Sands, Cabot, Stream, K & L Gates, and SiGNa Chemistry Inc., awarded Sue Wang with Ancatt Inc. a $40,000 cash prize for their business plan ‘The Next Generation of Anti-Corrosion Coating Technologies’. AnCatt Inc. discovered and is developing a unique environmentally compatible high performance anti-corrosion coating platform technology utilizing novel conductive polymer nanodispersion (CPND) as anti-corrosion pigments instead of traditional toxic heavy-metal pigments such as chromate, lead, cadmium.  SafeLiCell, represented by University of Maryland undergraduate Mian Khalid, was presented with a $10,000 cash prize for their plan Safe and Powerful Battery Solutions. SafeLiCell has developed a novel, patent-pending battery electrolyte material, called Lithium Flex, that provides for a lighter, safer, and flexible lithium based energy source.

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