October 5th, 2010, posted by Shore Crew Tags: Campaigns, Challenges, Design, Myoo Create, Recycling, Waste

Myoo Create, an environmental and social innovation platform, has announced the winner of The Beat Waste Startup Challenge! The challenge, which was inspired by the Plastiki expeditions mission to beat waste, set out to discover early stage ventures with innovative and scalable solutions to the problem of eliminating waste, making the dream of a zero-waste future a reality.

After a live webinar featuring an impressive panel of judges including David de Rothschild, Paul Hawken, Graham Hill, Adam Lowry, Zem Joaquin, Lynelle Cameron, Blake Mycoskie, and Premal Shah, the winner Waste Ventures were awarded the winning prize of $15,000.

Waste Ventures creates and invests in garbage management companies in India that are owned and operated by waste pickers – creating a powerful environmental and social benefit. Waste Ventures raises the income of waste pickers six-fold, and the company believes it has the potential to decrease garbage in developing country cities by 80%, cutting greenhouse gas emissions, and create much needed bio-fertilizer for farming. Watch the Waste Ventures video submission to find out more…

Runners-up, and recipients of the $7,500 second prize, were Dirt Hugger, a composting company that creates sustainable economies by collecting, processing, and utilizing valuable organic nutrients locally, offering a low-cost and environmentally responsible waste management alternative for rural communities. Dirt Hugger has plans to franchise its model so that it can be replicated in small communities across the USA and beyond.

The other finalists included; RecycleMatch, an online service connecting companies that have waste with companies that can actually use those materials as resources; and Rentalic, an online rental marketplace enabling person-to-person renting among friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors.

To find out more about Myoo Create and the challenges they run click here.

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