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Circular Economy Innovation Competition

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The Circular Economy Innovation Competition was an opportunity to present innovative ideas, technologies, and startups in the circular economy and waste space and compete for $20,000 in an in-person pitch event on April 19th, 2023.

About The Circular Economy Innovation Competition

Introducing the Western Placer Waste Management Authority: Circular Economy Innovation Competition – an opportunity for innovators and entrepreneurs to showcase their innovations, technologies, and businesses while receiving mentorship, and the opportunity to win prize money.

This is to rally innovators, researchers, or entrepreneurs looking to or already working to turn waste into repurposed value.

The winners of $20,000!

Congratulations to AgGen (Amir Salehzadeh and Rosh Ho) for taking home the 1st place - $20,000 prize at our Inaugural Circular Economy Innovation Competition powered by Western Placer Waste Management Authority!

Amir Salehzdeh & Rosh Ho pitching AgGen

Judges looking at the fierce flies for composting

Our Finalists

  • AgGen - Amir Salehzadeh and Rosh Ho
  • Ouros Industries - Jae Allen
  • Upcycle Food Waste - Stephen Weststeyn
  • WasteKnot - Morgan Murphey

Our Judges

Thank you to our great judges: Nikki Sims, Scott Alvord, Cheryl Beninga, Ryan Todd, and Bill Halldin for your thoughtful questions and deliberations!

Judges for the WPWMA 2023 Circular Economy Pitch Competition

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