Upcoming Events


[Re]Verse Pitch Presents: Circular Economy Night


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

6-8 pm

Atlassian- 303 Colorado St. #1600

Get inspired, connected, and ready for the third annual [Re]Verse Pitch Competition at our fall kick-off event.

What do a husband and wife entrepreneur team building houses in Huntsville, TX, and a Fortune 500 company have in common? A dedication to the circular economy.

This event will feature a joint keynote address from two ends of the business spectrum:

Dan Phillips, CEO, The Phoenix Commotion


Stephen M. Roberts, Global Sustainability Marketing Manger, Dell

Before and after listening to these world-class speakers, you will have time to network with [Re]Verse Pitch mentors, past participants, and staff. We will also provide an overview of the [Re]Verse Pitch Competition and staff will be on hand to answer questions.

Light refreshments will be served. Parking in the City Hall garage, a short two blocks from the venue, will be validated.

Admission is FREE but your RSVP is requested


Dan Phillips

Dan Phillips is a designer and builder working in Huntsville, Texas. Dan and his wife Marsha work with unskilled workers to build recycled housing from free, salvaged, and recycled materials. Their company is currently moving toward a commercial market for clients who have a taste for recycling and social entrepreneurship. Associated with the construction industry for over twenty years, he is now concentrating on using one social problem to solve another through their low-income housing initiative: The Phoenix Commotion.

In the spring of 2012 Dan lectured at the 9th International Convention on Architecture in Budapest; in 2014 he was the keynote speaker at the Zero Waste International Association annual conference, hosted by Zero Waste Canada on Vancouver Island; and in 2015 he spoke at the 14th International Architect Encounter in Canova, Italy.

Stephen M. Roberts


As the Global Sustainability Marketing Manager at Dell, Stephen Roberts drives the promotion of “all things green and good” at Dell. His focus is on the intersection of sustainability and technology, with a special emphasis on the circular economy and net positive efforts.

Before joining Dell in 2011, Stephen spent 13 years with the advertising and public relations firm EnviroMedia here in Austin, where he helped start America Recycles Day, managed parts of the Don’t Mess with Texas campaign, and worked on countless other public health and environmental efforts. 

Stephen holds a Master’s Degree in Latin American History, which continues to prove very useful during trivia games.

Past Events

Final Competition

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

6:00-8:30 pm

Atlassian- 303 Colorado St #1600

At the final event, the [Re]Verse Pitch finalists compete for the Innovation Prize. Join us to find out who will be receiving Innovation Prizes to start a new social enterprise!

This event is free and open to the public, but your RSVP is requested.

Parking will be available at the City Hall garage. Light refreshments will be served.


Opening Pitch Event

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

6:00-8:00 PM

Atlassian- 303 Colorado St #1600

View the video recording of the opening event here.

During the opening pitch event, you will hear from businesses and institutions consistently generating or collecting by-product, surplus or otherwise underutilized materials streams in Austin, Texas that could be put to higher and better use in new social enterprises. Come to learn more about these products, meet the material generators, and network with other [Re]Verse Pitch participants.

The opening pitch event is presented as part of SXSWEco, the global conference on social, economic, and environmental change. Badges are not required for admission.

This event is free and open to the public, but your RSVP is requested. If you're planning to compete for an Innovation Prize, you are required to attend this event to move on in the competition.

Parking will be available at the City Hall garage.