[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.

Congratulations to Our 2019 Finalists & Winners

Seed Stage




By: Anjali Sridharan

Repurposing polycarbonate plastic die-cut sheets from HID Global into eyewear

Recipient of the 2019 People’s Choice Award



By: Krishna Halaharvi and Nautasha Gupta

Repurposing polycarbonate plastic die-cut sheets from HID Global into a polymer binding solution for asphalt

Growth Stage



3D Printing From Trash

By: re:3D

Repurposing polycarbonate plastic die-cut sheets from HID Global into 3D printed furniture, art, and other items


Nap :) kinz

By: K&T Manufacturing

Repurposing polyester napkins from JOSCO Products into children’s pillows

Texas Oncology

Every month, this local cancer clinic needs to re-home 50 - 100 Styrofoam coolers and their included freeze packs. The freeze packs are non-toxic, biodegradable, and reusable.

JOSCO Products

JOSCO is pitching 2000+ lbs per month of VISA-type napkins with a high polyester content. Their Eco-Rags business cannot use the material, so it is currently accumulating in their warehouse in need of a non-landfill solution!

The Austin Winery

This winery has 10-15 tons of white and red wine grape skins every year that they are hoping to find a better use for than composting! They are simply grape solids (skins, stems, and seeds), some residual alcohol, and yeast - nothing else added.

See Austin Winery’s Pitch Video

HID Global

This security card manufacturer creates 5,800 lbs per month of Poly-carbonate skeletons from dye-cut I.D. cards. All of the material is currently being sent to landfill, and HID Global is looking for a more sustainable solution.

Travis County Surplus

Each month, Travis County Surplus receives an average of 50 chairs from departments within the agency. They currently have a backlog of over 800 chairs, and are in need of a sustainable diversion solution.


Are you…

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.