On May 18, 2017 the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, together with the Prince of Wale’s International Sustainability Unit, announced the launch of the New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize worth U.S. $2 million. The Innovation Prize calls for innovators, designers, scientists, and entrepreneurs to redesign packaging to help prevent plastics entering the ocean and keeping its value in the economy. The Prize consists of two parallel challenges: 1) The $1 million Circular Design Challenge seeking solutions for delivering products to people without generating plastic waste, and 2) the $1 million Circular Materials Challenge looking for ways to make all plastic packaging recyclable.
Innovators entering the challenges will compete for up to U.S. $2,000,000 in grants and visibility of their solutions to businesses, the innovator community, and the public. Challenge winners will enter a 12-month accelerator program offering access to industry experts, commercial guidance, feedback on user and scalability requirements, advice on performance expectations, and access to innovation labs for testing and development. The first winners will be announced later in 2017.
The Innovation Prize will be launched at an event on May 18, 2017, 06:30 pm GMT, in London, UK. The event will be live-streamed via facebook.
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