2014 GC&E Business Plan Competition


All early stage, pre-revenue green and sustainable chemistry-related companies are welcome to apply.

This is your chance to showcase your solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges like:

  • Dependence on critical elements in chemical processes
  • Transforming renewable or waste feedstocks into valuable chemicals
  • Reducing hazardous chemical inputs in products and processes
  • Minimizing energy use and emissions

If you or your company would like to sponsor the next wave of innovation that will drive the green chemistry market, which according to Pike Research is projected to reach nearly $100B by 2020, contact Savannah Sullivan [s_sullivan(at)acs(dot)org].

In addition to the conference support offerings, business plan sponsorship benefits include:

  • Sponsor logo and description included in the event program
  • Special recognition with company name and logo included in event signage, registration packet, and on BPC website
  • Special recognition during opening remarks of the event and throughout the conference
  • Inclusion of company promotional items in participant and judge registration bags
  • Special recognition in emails to over 14,000 subscribers to the ACS Green Chemistry Institute email newsletter
  • Complimentary passes to the event
  • Tickets to exclusive receptions (quantity based on level of sponsorship)
  • Access to winning company’s update reports

Round One

Contestants submit an executive summary of no more than 10-15 PowerPoint slides, including any graphs and or charts. No attachments beyond this limit will be considered; longer submissions will be disqualified. Optional: contestants may also submit a company pitch through a 2-3 minute YouTube video.

All contestants must apply by April 25, 2014 at 5:00 PM EDT (GMT -4).

The top five contestants are selected by a panel of judges. If you are selected to be a semi-finalist, you will be notified by May 9, 2014. All semi-finalists will be given a free subscription to Business Plan Pro and free registration to a “Writing a Business Plan” webinar led by Dan Daly of Alabama Innovation and Mentoring of Entrepreneurs Center.

Click here for details on how to apply!

Round Two

The semi-finalists will be asked to submit a comprehensive plan (maximum of 20 pages, including all supplemental materials) and will be called to present it on June 18, 2014 at the 18th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference, in the Washington D.C. area.

● Each team will have a total of 20 minutes to present their business plan and answer questions from the judges.  The business plan presentation cannot exceed 12 minutes with the remaining 8 minutes reserved for questions.  If the business plan pitch lasts less than 12 minutes, the remaining time may also be used for questioning. Time limits will be strictly enforced.

● A team, once it has finished its presentation, may observe the presentation and Q&A session for subsequent teams.  Teams may not observe presentations until after they have made their presentation.

The top two plans will be selected by the judging panel and the Grand Prize and Honorable Mention winners will be announced at the conference. They will each receive a large monetary prize awarded in the form of a grant (amount to be determined).


Dan Daly—Director of Alabama Innovation and Mentoring of Entrepreneurs Center
Michael Lefenfeld—President & CTO of SiGNa Chemistry, Inc.
Rui Resendes—Executive Director of Green Centre Canada

Note: All semi-finalists who will compete in the final round are expected to register for and attend the Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference on June 18th. ACS GCI does not cover travel or attendance costs.
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