[Re]Verse Pitch Competition

An Event Series in Austin, Texas for Social Entrepreneurs Where We Pitch To You

February -April 2019

Entrepreneurs are used to pitching their business idea to investors, partners, and anyone they might share an elevator ride with. In this competition, the tables turn.

The [Re]Verse Pitch Competition helps turn valuable raw materials that are currently leaving local businesses, non-profits, and institutions as waste into the raw materials for new or expanding social enterprises.

Do you have a waste stream with unrealized potential? Become a Material Supplier, and [Re]Verse Pitch will connect you with entrepreneurs who work with mentors & advisors to develop the best business ideas that repurpose your material. The best ideas receive cash and in-kind support to get started.


Are you…

A business owner with unwanted scrap, surplus or byproduct materials currently going to waste?

An entrepreneur interested in starting a business that has a positive social impact? A non-profit professional intrapraneur interested in a creative way to diversify your revenue and/or offering direct job training to their clients?

An experienced creative, technical or business professional interested in mentoring others?

A service provider that works with start-ups or small businesses?

Get in touch!



For-profit and non-profit enterprises across the country are demonstrating the value can be created from waste. Get inspired by these local, national, and global reuse and remanufacturing enterprises:

Pentatonic: Smartphone glass, plastic bottles, and more into furniture

Looptworks: Post-Consumer Textiles into New Clothing and Accessories

Bureo Skateboards: Fishing Nets Into Skateboards

The Austin Rubber Company: Tires into shoes

The Empowerment Plan: Automotive insulation into coats that transform into sleeping bags at night.

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, Oregon: Candles into skateboard wax, window glass into gifts, dog beds from industrial scrap, and more.