NextCycle Michigan to award more than $50K dollars to environmental businesses and initiatives

NextCycle Contact: Kimberly Velasquez Gutierrez, NextCycle, Michigan Communications Specialist, [email protected], 346-314-3301

24 teams from the accelerator program participate in Showcase to demonstrate positive impact through innovation and partnerships

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is proud to present the NextCycle Michigan Showcase at the Michigan Recycling Coalition’s Fall Into Recycling educational workshop, October 6-7 at Michigan State University’s Management Education Center, 811 W to announce. Square Lake Road, Troy.

As an EGLE initiative, NextCycle Michigan prepared 24 presentation teams for implementation and funding. At the showcase, the teams will demonstrate the potential of their innovative ideas to judges, public decision-makers and private investors in four pitch categories: Beyond Recycling, Community-based Solutions, Shovel-Ready and Turning the Wheel of Innovations. EGLE Director Liesl Clark will provide over $50,000 in prize money from NextCycle sponsors to further support team initiatives, accelerate the circular economy and promote climate health in Michigan.

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NextCycle Michigan is an accelerator with a mission to foster partnerships and develop investment-ready project plans to keep waste out of landfills and increase demand for reclaimed materials by Michigan manufacturers. It has brought new business to the economy while emphasizing solutions that are fair and positive for the environment.

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“We are very excited about the return of the NextCycle Showcase at the MRC Fall Into Recycling event,” said EGLE Recycling Market Development Specialist Matt Flechter. “With the help of mentors and personal advice from recycling, business and industry experts, the teams are ready to share their business plans and projects. We are thrilled with the growth the teams have achieved and look forward to the partnerships that will result from this showcase.”

The teams have been preparing for this event for five months and are eager to show what they have achieved. “We appreciate the investment that NextCycle Michigan has made in our project,” said a NextCycle team. “During programming, we learn how to better position our business model and refine our pitch, and we feel ready to present at the showcase.”

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Project biographies of the 24 NextCycle teams can be found on the Showcase website. Visit the event website for more information on the NextCycle Michigan Showcase and MRC Fall Into Recycling program or to purchase tickets.

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