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ACS GCI Selects 5 Semi-Finalists for Business Plan Competition—Cast Your Vote Today!

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Do you want to make a difference in the world? Do you want to make an impact on issues like climate change, reliance on fossil fuels, continuing contamination of air, land and water, unsafe chemicals in consumer products, and conflict minerals use?

All of these pressing global issues are impacted by chemistry, and green chemistry holds the key for addressing these critical environmental, health, cost, and security concerns.

Everyone has a stake in this decision, and YOU can make a difference NOW! By voting for the next wave of innovation that will provide REAL solutions to these REAL problems through your support of the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute’s® 2014 Green Chemistry & Engineering Business Plan Competition, greener products will be one step closer to the market place. It is the only competition of its kind exclusively dedicated to green chemistry and engineering and provides the chance for sustainability-oriented entrepreneurs to move their greener innovations closer to a commercial reality.

This is your chance to help accelerate solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges like:

• Dependence on endangered elements in chemical processes

• Displacing petrochemicals by transforming renewable or waste feedstocks into valuable chemicals

• Reducing hazardous chemical inputs in products and processes

• Minimizing energy use and emissions

Click here to cast your vote for the "Change the World with Green Chemistry" campaign!

You can help choose the winner if you sign up by June 13, 2014. You will be contacted after you select your level with the voting ballot. All proceeds go to the Grand Prize Winner of the competition.

Meet the 5 semi-finalist teams--follow the links to hear their first round pitches!

  • Cell-Free Bioinnovations: high energy density sugar-powered biobatteries for portable, biodegradable, and refillable gadgets
  • Circa Group: decreasing dependence on oil & gas by bringing a new waste cellulose-based solvent to market
  • HydroCoat w/ Horizon Partners Ventures LLC: novel renewable-resourced, biodegradable hard seed coating and soil additives
  • SioTeX: transforming an industry by replacing fumed silica with a low-cost and ecofriendly solution
  • U.S. Bioplastics: cost competitive biobased plastic packaging from sugarcane waste

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The final round of the competition will take place on June 18 at the ACS GCI Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference. Visit the conference website to learn more and register for this exciting event!

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