|[April 17, 2014]
Sustainable Brands® Announces 2014 Innovation Open Semi-finalists
SAN FRANCISCO --(Business Wire)--
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 (News - Alert) and
co-sponsored by PR� 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
The 2014 SBIO semi-finalists include:
Akwamag - water softening technology that prevents scaling at
low cost while stopping water waste, eliminating salt contamination,
and alleviating the maintenance hassles associates with salt-based
Amazi - a location-based app to locate water from filters,
fountains and faucets to fill reusable bottles.
CREW - a distribution system that can leverage to tens of
thousands of social enterprises, green businesses and appropriate
technologies, while empowering millions of people to be part of the
solution and creating "distributed capitalism."
FoodLoop - platform for a sustainable and optimized supply
chain with an app where retailers can automatically market
high-quality fresh food at discounted-pricing, as the best-before
dates draw closer in near real-time. Consumers will receive argain
offers pushed directly on their smartphones.
Okeanos - next-generation, ultra-efficient desalination
microtechnology to address our planet's chronic and increasingly
alarming fresh water shortages.
Servergy - the CleanTech Server® reduces global
datacenters' server energies, cooling, space, weight, water and carbon
footprints by up to 90% or more.
SupplyShift- enables companies with large supply chains to
understand their supply chain sustainability and social
responsibility, reduce risk, build shared value with their suppliers,
and incentivize supplier improvement.
Sustainably Fresh Systems - freezing, air freight and plastic
packaging with preservative-free, FDA-approved, Controlled-Atmosphere
technology that enables customers to deliver and sell fresher fish,
meats and meals safely, at lower-cost and more sustainably.
World Panel - developed a portable and expandable solar panel
that charges phones and other devices as fast as a wall plug. The
products are developed in Africa specifically for African communities.
Raffle For Good - an online fundraising platform for
organizations to raise money through an interactive, skill-based
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, PR� 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 PR�
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
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
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
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
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
Life Media headquartered in San Francisco, CA (News - Alert).
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