Waste Ventures is working to create a sustainable economy for trash collectors in India.
The Beat Waste Startup Challenge, sponsored by the Adventure Ecology and Sculpt the Future Foundation, offered $25,000 in prizes to innovative businesses dedicated to reducing waste.
Now, after careful deliberation by judges including Paul Hawken, TreeHugger Founder Graham Hill, Adam Lowry, Blake Mycoskie, David de Rothschild, and others, the winners have been announced.Waste Ventures, a company that empowers waste pickers in India to create a livable economy based on trash collection, won the $25,000 grand prize.
Dirt Hugger, a company that builds community composting systems, was selected as the runner up.
David de Rothschild explained:
I have always viewed the Plastiki as more than just an expedition but rather as a metaphor for change and to that end the Beat Waste Startup Challenge has acted as the quantifier of this. The competition not only generated and exposed a raft of real world solutions but acted as a decisive statement that the list of solutions for a "Planet 2.0" way of living clearly outweighs the list of "Planet 1.0" problems. Alongside the Myoo Create team and our stellar judging panel, I was honored and humbled to announce Waste Ventures as the overall winner and Dirt Hugger as runner up. I am excited to see both of these ventures grow into global game changers whilst furthering the Plastiki's mission to beat waste.
Parag Gupta, founder of Waste Ventures, commented:
I am both elated and humbled in placing first in the Beat Waste Startup Challenge. The rigorous crowd-sourcing and subsequent selection by a prestigious group of judges is estament to our efforts to uplift waste pickers while reducing garbage in emerging countries through the markets.
Over the coming months, Myoo Create plans to host a series of other challenges for organizations striving to change the way the world works.
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