Ten environmental and social-impact entrepreneurs will compete for top honors at global startup competition
Submitted by: Sustainable Brands
Posted: Apr 17, 2014 – 09:00 AM EST
SAN FRANCISCO, Apr. 17 /CSRwire/ - Sustainable Brands® recently announced 10 semi-finalists selected to compete during the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO) startup competition at SB’14 San Diego June 2-5th. Presented by Target and co-sponsored by PRé Sustainability, this competition attracts world-changing entrepreneurial teams who are working hard to leverage the power of business and brands to solve pressing environmental and social concerns.
The 2014 SBIO semi-finalists include:
The distinguished panel of judges includes KoAnn Skrzyniarz, founder of Sustainable Brands, Andrew Winston, well-known author and founder of The Big Pivot and Winston Eco-Strategies, and senior executives from Target, Fenton Communications, PRé Sustainability, and YouNoodle, the technology provider. Semi-finalists receive a full conference pass to SB’14 San Diego where they will have the chance to pitch their business plans to a group of social and sustainable investors, executives from leading companies, top brand consultancies and nearly 2,500 business and brand leaders attending the conference and Activation Hub. The winner will receive cash and in-kind prizes, consultancy time with PRé Sustainability experts, and exposure to members of the global Sustainable Brands community.
“The Innovation Open aims to catalyze the progress of moving businesses towards a more flourishing future through innovation,” says Ben Pawsey, Executive Producer at Sustainable Brands. “These entrepreneurs venture beyond innovation and seek to disrupt, and the Sustainable Brands community embraces that passion. The ideas that will come from these contenders will spark conversations to drive environmental and social impact.”
Business plan pitches will run back-to-back beginning Tuesday, June 3rd. Four finalists will then be selected to present on the main stage the following day, which will be broadcast worldwide through the conference live stream.
This year’s competition also features the Target Consumer Products prize. The consumer product startup that wins this prize will receive a $1,000 Target gift card and strategic consultation from Target’s sustainability and merchandizing teams to strengthen their business case and model.
Further information about SB’14 San Diego, including the Innovation Open and the Activation Hub, can be found at www.SB14sd.com.
About Sustainable Brands
Sustainable Brands® is the premier global community of brand innovators who are shaping the future of commerce worldwide. Since 2006, our mission has been to inspire, engage and equip today’s business and brand leaders to prosper for the near and long term by leading the way to a better future. Digitally published news articles and issues-focused conversation topics, internationally known conferences and regional events, a robust e-learning library and peer-to-peer membership groups all facilitate community learning and engagement throughout the year. Sustainable Brands is hosted by Sustainable Brands Worldwide, a division of Sustainable Life Media headquartered in San Francisco, CA.
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