The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) today announced a partnership with Plug and Play to create an accelerator program focused on the plastics value chain to identify startups with different innovations to address plastic waste in the environment. Plug and Play is a global innovation platform that specializes in creating industry-specific accelerator programs. This initiative, to be called the End Plastic Waste Innovation Platform, will focus on identifying solutions to lower the impact of plastic waste in the environment. Plug and Play will run two programs a year in three hub locations: Silicon Valley, Paris, and Singapore. The Alliance will work with its partners to select focus areas for each batch. From there, Plug and Play will source specific startups working on solutions in those areas. The programs will run for 12 weeks and accept 10 startups each. Each program will end with a Demo Day where Plug and Play and AEPW members have the opportunity invest in participants. The accelerator will engage Alliance members throughout the entire plastics value chain on infrastructure, education and engagement, innovation, and clean up efforts to keep plastic waste out of the environment.
The partnership is aligned with Plug and Play’s broader sustainability initiative. Applications are open for the first program, which will run from February through May 2020. Startups interested in this initiative are encouraged to apply: https://www.plugandplaytechcenter.com/end-plastic-waste/