Eleven environmental and social-impact entrepreneurs will contend for top honors at global startup competition
Submitted by Sustainable Brands
Sustainable Brands® recently announced 11 semi-finalists to compete at the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO) startup competition presented by Target. The competition, culminating at SB’15 San Diego, June 1-4th, attracts world-changing entrepreneurial teams with unique ideas to solving some of the world’s pressing environmental and social concerns.
The 2015 SBIO semi-finalists include:
Presented by Target and co-sponsored by Sprint and Sicasoft, SBIO features a distinguished panel of judges including: KoAnn Skrzyniarz, founder of Sustainable Brands; Wood Turner, VP of Equilibrium Capital; Entrepreneur Neil Grimmer, Plum Organics; Thomas Odenwald, Sr. Vice President, SAP; Mary Jo Cook of Fair Trade USA, plus Fenton Communications, Sicasoft, Sprint, YouNoodle and select Target representatives. Semi-finalists receive a full conference pass to SB’15 San Diego where they will 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 Fenton, 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 - 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 2nd. 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 SBIO’15 ‘Target Award’. The consumer product or service 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 the winner’s business model.
Further information about SB’15 San Diego, including the Innovation Open and the Activation Hub, can be found at www.SB15sd.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.
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 innovators 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 engagement throughout the year.
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