Program and Competition key dates

September 9

Applications open!

October 18

Team Applications closed at 11:59pm

October 21

Program Kickoff Orientation webinar

October 26

Leif Hansen

Founder and Principal at Spark Interaction

Week One Webinar

Your Zero Waste Innovation Idea and Innovation Culture

Leif is an internationally recognized group facilitator, speaker & coach.

His workshops have been featured on a variety of media including NBC’s Today Show, PBS Online & the LA Times.

His passion is helping people to creatively express their most authentic selves in ways that make this world a more caring, inspiring, and fun place to live.

November 2

Jimmy Jia

Founder at The Jia Group, Venture Partner at Pi Labs

Michael Waggoner

CEO at Corumat Inc.

Week Two Webinar

Business vitals 1: Market Fit and Basic Financials

Jimmy helps investors assess climate impacts on performance, valuation, and pricing in their portfolio. He also helps executive team align energy resource strategies from environmental social governance (ESG) reporting to operational execution. He is the author of the Corporate Energy Strategist’s Handbook, a toolkit for corporations to turn random acts of greenness into a metrics driven strategy.

He teaches MBAs courses in Strategy, Sustainable Energy, and Climate Change at the Presidio Graduate School and George Washington University.

Michael entrepreneur that enjoys taking products to markets, from concept to sale. He is a co-author on 2 patents on exhaust diffusers, and 3 on microcellular plastics.

November 9

April Atwood, PhD

Marketing Lecturer at Seattle University

Week Three Webinar

Business vitals 2: Crafting your Story

April teaches courses in consumer behavior, marketing principles, marketing and social issues, and sustainability. She is on the board of directors for Water for Humans, has been published in Advances in Consumer Research, Marketing Theory and Applications, and Innovative Marketing, and currently working on writing cases on sustainable marketing and business practice on such diverse enterprises as Guayaki, Lipton, and Fair Trade Sports.

November 16

Srirup Kumar

Community Engagement Officer, Operations & Partnerships at Impact Bioenergy

Week Four Webinar (7pm)

Business vitals 3: Presenting your Story

Srirup is focused on cooperation and partnerships converting food "waste" into organic plant food and renewable energy for the circular economy.

He co-founded Vashon Bioenergy Farm, LLC, North America's first community-based digester that produces organic renewable natural gas to substitute for fossil fuels in transportation and grid energy.

He is an inclusive systems thinker who leads Impact Bioenergy in the areas of as-a-service development, education, marketing and sales, and the Community Supported Biocycling ® (CSB) program.

November 23

Week Five 1-Page Summary & Video Presentation Deadline (12pm)

1-Page Summary and 5-min Team Video Pitches DUE!

November 30

Finalist Teams - Video Presentation Competition!
and the Zero Waste Innovation Summit (9am-3pm)