We are proud to present the 7 Winners and 41 Finalists of the 2016 SXSW Eco Startup Showcase competition presented by Austin Energy and Austin Technology Incubator. This group of diverse and talented entrepreneurs are making an impact in the areas of Energy, Water, Food + Ag, IoT + Software, Social Impact and Reuse + Recycling. The companies represented across these six Startup Showcase categories demonstrate the power of innovation to change the way we use the resources so crucial to life. The Startup Showcase Judges, a group of experienced investors and industry experts, selected the Winners based on the companies' pitches at the conference.


Click on a category to view 2016 Winners + Finalists:

Energy
Water
Food + Agriculture
IoT + Software
Reuse + Recycling
Social Impact



Audience Choice Award

The first annual Startup Showcase Audience Choice Award was based on audience voting from all six categories.

Grow Bioplastics — Winner

Knoxville, TN
Waste-based biodegradable plastics for sustainable ag

Grow Bioplastics is designing and delivering biodegradable plastic products made from lignin, a paper and biofuel waste product, replacing oil-based plastics in agriculture.

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Energy Category

The Energy category featured eight startups offering solutions in storage, building efficiency, transportation, solar, wind, smart grid and more.

SkyCool Systems — Winner (tie)

San Francisco, CA
Cooling efficiency by harnessing the cold of space

Breakthrough tech harnesses the cold of outer space to improve efficiency of cooling and refrigeration systems as much as 40%, 24 hours a day.


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XStream — Winner (tie)

San Francisco, CA
Transportation efficiency via aerodynamics & IoT

Increasing efficiency of $800 billion freight industry through improved aerodynamics and IoT offerings on trucks and trains, reducing fuel use and emissions.


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Solstice Initiative

Boston, MA
Solar for every American

Solstice radically expands access to clean energy by providing community-based solar power to any American that cannot install a rooftop array.




Aquanta

McLean, VA
Smart control for water heaters

A “Nest” for water heaters, providing low cost and easily retrofittable smart control of water heater energy usage.

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Louisiana Technical Instruments

Covington, LA
Pneumatic controllers to reduce methane emissions

An early stage start-up, focused on reducing methane emissions from pneumatic controllers.


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NETENERGY

Chicago, IL
Thermal energy storage for commercial buildings

A thermal energy storage company that saves building owners and utilities money by offsetting peak air conditioning usage through storing energy at night.


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T-REX

New York City, NY
Empowering efficient finance for renewables

A B2B fintech platform allows for sophisticated risk analysis and valuation of renewables assets, making the financing process more efficient and transparent.


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Windlift

Raleigh, NC
Airborne wind energy systems

Windlift is developing Airborne Wind Energy Systems for off-shore electricity generation and military mobile electric hybrid power systems.




Alternate

SLIPSTREAM WIND | Kosse, TX
Vertical axis wind turbines


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Water Category

The Water category featured eight startups offering innovations in wastewater treatment for cities and energy companies, irrigation, purification, nutrient recovery and more.


Nutrient Recovery and Upcycling — Winner

Madison, WI
Sustainable fertilizers from wastewater

NRU technologies recover valuable resources from wastewater to lower operational costs for treatment plants and create sustainable high-grade fertilizers.





Crystal Clear Technologies, Inc.

Portland, OR
Reclaiming clean water the way nature intended

Low cost water treatment technology to remove chemical contaminants from industrial waste water, by mimicking nature's own solutions.


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Pure Watercraft, Inc.

Seattle, WA
High performance boating, clean and quiet

Reinventing boating by applying modern electric vehicle technology to boats, enabling a dramatically better experience for the boater and others.


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Sprinkl.io LLC

Dallas, TX
Residential and commercial irrigation, improved

Next-generation connected irrigation and conservation technology for residential and commercial markets.


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Sourcewater

Houston, TX
The water exchange for the energy ecosystem

An online marketplace helping energy companies cut primary cost, while ensuring a reliable supply chain and reducing environmental and community impact.





Viroment USA

Woodbury, MN
Radically cutting the cost of sludge handling

Viroment’s proprietary technology lowers waste water sludge disposal costs – while reducing environmental impact and creating reusable byproducts.






WAVVE

Houston, TX
Clean water via shrimp shells

WAVVE Stream Inc. produces a cost effective and sustainable gel, made of shrimp shells, for the removal of heavy metals and chemicals in water.






Proper Pipe Inc.

Boston, MA
A proper seal every time

Detect leaks in HDPE pipe joints before they become a problem.




ALTERNATE

NAGARE WATER | New York, NY
The purest water on Earth

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Food + Agriculture

The Food + Agriculture category featured eight startups offering innovations in herd management, algae cultivation, water conservation, waste reduction, supply chain and more.

SabrTech Inc. — Winner

Nova Scotia, Canada
Solving complex global challenges with algae

Developer of The RiverBox™ algae cultivation platform technology, enabling commercial production of algae worldwide, for a variety of applications from food to fuel.


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Grow Bioplastics — Audience Choice Winner

Knoxville, TN
Waste-based biodegradable plastics for sustainable ag

We dream, design and deliver biodegradable plastic products made from lignin, a paper and biofuel waste product, with a focus on replacing oil-based plastics in ag.

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Bitwater Farms

CA + NC
Helping farmers grow with on-farm insect habitats

Bitwater Farms provides technologies and services to farmers who need to increase their on-farm supply of sustainable protein.


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Cerplus

San Francisco, CA
A B2B marketplace for surplus produce

An online B2B marketplace that connects surplus produce from local farms to food businesses — ranging from restaurants to juice and smoothie companies.


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Farm from a Box

San Francisco, CA
Community farming reinvented

Farm from a Box is a complete off-grid toolkit for sustainable, tech-powered agriculture.


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WoodsCamp

Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada
Get paid to grow your forest

WoodsCamp procures timber via social networks and the web, unlocking sustainable forestry from non-industrial private land while building wealth for rural communities.


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Land Life Company

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Planting trees in degraded soils

Created the COCOON planting technology, to sustainably plant trees without irrigation in the driest and most challenging areas on earth.



Prospect Bio

Palo Alto, CA
Engineered cells that can measure almost anything

Prospect Bio builds biosensors - cells capable of measuring a vast range of compounds. Biosensors are inexpensive, accurate, and incredibly scalable.


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Alternate

CORNUCOPIA GROUP | Los Angeles, CA
From waste to abundance


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IoT + Software Category

Startups offering digital innovations in health, water, transportation, city management, CSR and more.

Eko Devices Inc — Winner

San Francisco, CA
Welcome to stethoscope intelligence

Eko has built a platform of non-invasive cardiovascular monitoring devices, clinical software, and decision support algorithms to improve the delivery of cardiac care.


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Cityflag

San Antonio, TX
Connecting people & government through a social app

The app that allows you to interact with your local government while earning rewards, strengthening communities and empowering local businesses.





Inhale

Los Altos, CA
Making air quality visible, personal and cleaner

We make air quality visible, accessible, and understandable. Everyone deserves to know what is going inside their bodies. Air is no different.






Neopenda

Chicago, IL
Monitoring vitals to give newborns a healthy tomorrow

Neopenda is a global health tech startup striving to engineer healthcare solutions that give newborns in low-resource settings the healthy lives they deserve.


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Lattis

lattis.io
San Francisco, CA

Flexible and responsive bike share

Flexible and responsive bike share systems through smart bicycle locks that never need recharging and software providing powerful analytics

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Senseware, Inc.

McLean, VA
Wireless monitoring and optimization for smart buildings

Backed by low-cost, secure, and quickly-deployable wireless sensor platform technology, Senseware is a real-time platform for providing data from any physical environment


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Sutro

San Francisco, CA
Continuous water monitoring with sensors and cloud analytics

Sutro's solution for managing water quality includes a patent-pending sensor. Just drop the device into water to receive water quality information and management instructions.


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ECO-OS Inc.

South Padre Island, TX
A cloud-based toolset for sustainability programs

ECO-OS empowers sustainability programs by easing reporting tasks and increasing new business context, using cloud computing, competitive benchmarking and big data analytics.

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ALTERNATES

ENACT SYSTEMS INC. | San Ramon, CA
The distributed solar cloud

POLYCEED | Tucson, AZ
Cloud-controlled smart windows for home IoT

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Reuse + Recycling

     presented by Austin Recycling and Economic Development Program

The Reuse + Recycling category featured pitches from eight startups offering innovations in land remediation, food waste, smarter sorting and industrial waste.

Vartega Carbon Fiber Recycling — Winner

Denver, CO
Carbon fiber: treasure, not trash

Vartega is a recycler of strong and lightweight carbon fiber used in the aerospace, automotive, wind energy and sporting goods industries


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Agri-Tech Producers, LLC (ATP)

agri-techproducers.com
Columbia, SC

Remediating land and water, while making bio-products

Innovatively planting and processing bio-crops to lower remediation and bio-product costs.



Alkemy Environmental

Boston, MA
Concrete aggregates made from waste

A cleantech company that holds patented technology for recycling industrial waste streams into environmentally friendly concrete aggregate.


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Bureo Inc

Redondo Beach, CA
Quality goods made from recycled fishing nets

Preventing ocean plastic pollution by designing and manufacture products made through Net Positiva, Bureo’s program to recycle discarded fishing nets.


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CleanRobotics

Pittsburgh, PA
A B2B IoT robotic trash can

TrashBot™ is a smart trash can that automatically sorts recyclables from non-recyclable materials, while tracking consumption usage by location.



Industrial/Organic

New York, NY
Harvesting the table for the farm

A centralized solution for organic waste management. Modular, scalable facilities that make useful end products from waste quickly, with low odor and emissions.



OPTIMYS

Dallas, TX
Sensors for real time insight into waste production

Providing real-time insight into waste production and recycling through a proprietary software platform integrated with a secure network of wireless sensors.


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Smarter Sorting

Austin, TX
Enabling new reuse markets that save cities money

Collects and connects data on Household Hazardous Waste streams, creating a smarter, cheaper way to sort HHW that diverts it from burning and into reuse.


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Regrained

San Francisco, CA
Eat beer

ReGrained harvests grain from urban craft breweries and upcycles it to create delicious, nutritious and sustainable food.

Regrained

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Alternate

AMBIS | Troy, NY
Redefining clean air through design innovation


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Social Impact

     presented by Timshel

The Social Impact category featured pitches from eight startups offering innovations in water purification, health, recycling and renewable energy for the betterment of society.


The Tycycler — Winner

Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa
Non-motorized tire recycler for informal waste workers.

The Tycycler is the first non-motorized waste tire recycling device and is helping informal workers to operate sustainably, safely and efficiently.


WATCH PITCH VIDEO >>




Ascendant Dx

ascendantdx.com
Springdale, AR

Early breast cancer detection using tears

Commercializing disruptive diagnostic tech aiding diagnosis and treatment for cancers of women and autoimmune diseases of children.


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Biorealize

Philadelphia, PA
Design, test, culture biology: everyone everywhere

Research on food security, pollution and healthcare should be #1 priority for all nations. With our tools they can be tackled by everyone everywhere.


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DayOne Response, Inc.

San Francisco, CA
Make clean drinking water in minutes

Providing clean drinking water through the DayOne Waterbag, a 10-liter water treatment backpack that is deployed in 20+ countries via NGOs and retail.


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Little Sun GmbH

littlesun.com
Berlin, Germany

The power of the sun for everyone

Little Sun creates solar products that are connecting the world through sharing the sustainable energy of the sun.






Miraculum, Inc.

Austin, TX
Fireproofing the world, safely

Patented non-toxic, certified, highly effective, eco-friendly fire safety products for solid and liquid fires to include textile, structure fires and the wildfire industries.


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TheraB Medical

therabmedical.com
Lansing, MI

The wearable, care-oriented jaundice treatment

The mission is to change the approach of jaundice therapy for more effective hospital staff, happier babies, and satisfied parents.


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Wecyclers

wecyclers.com
Lagos, Nigeria

Capturing value from waste

Wecyclers gives low-income communities in developing countries a chance to capture value from waste and cleanup their neighborhoods through incentive based recycling.






ALTERNATES

ACRE DESIGNS | Palo Alto, CA
Beautifully efficient homes

SEVAMOB | Atlanta, GA
Fundamentally transforming primary healthcare


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Startup Showcase Founding Partners


The Startup Showcase is produced in collaboration with our Founding Partners, Austin Energy and Austin Technology Clean Energy Incubator.

Austin EnergyAustin Technology Incubator



Startup Showcase 2016 Category Sponsors


Austin recycling and Economic Development Program timshel National Science Foundation