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Green & Bio-Based Chemistry Startup Network

Creating an innovation ecosystem for green and bio-based chemistry technologies

The GC3 Startup Network is working to accelerate the development and market pull of green chemistry technologies. The GC3 has created a forum for green & bio-based chemistry startups to connect to larger GC3 member chemical suppliers, brands, retailers, and investors for partnerships and investments; and larger GC3 members are tapping into the startup network to identify new technologies and up-and-coming companies.Startups in our network

The Strategic Connections Program

The GC3 Startup Network Strategic Connections Program leverages the broad and deep expertise of the GC3 community – startups and large companies – to provide timely, strategic advice and support for members of our Startup Network. We have selected a pool of experts who have a wide variety of relevant expertise and have agreed to assist our startups with directional advice and support on a variety of business and technical topics. Read more here.

Details on the GC3 Startup Network

A key strategy for advancing green chemistry in industry, as identified in the GC3’s Agenda to Mainstream Green Chemistry, is supporting the development and adoption of chemicals, materials, manufacturing processes and products that adhere to one or more of the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry. Startups are an important driver of innovation; however, many lack the connections to the strategic partners that they need for product evaluation, co-development, licensing, and investment.  The GC3 is uniquely positioned to connect startups with companies and other resources throughout the value chain and in many industry sectors.

Strategic Approach:

  • Leverage the diversity of the GC3 membership to connect innovative green chemistry startups with established chemical suppliers, brands, retailers, and investors who can serve as strategic partners to accelerate their development and growth
  • Increase the visibility of startup companies and create opportunities for suppliers, brands, retailers and investors to discover new ingredients and materials for their products and find new partnership and investment opportunities
  • Identify financial and other strategic resources for green and bio-based start-ups
  • Advance the discussion on how best to accelerate green chemistry innovation and the growth of innovative startups

Join the Startup Network

As a member of the Startup Network, your company will be profiled on our member webpage and invited to participate in meetings, networking events, webinars, and social media campaigns. You will also become a member of the GC3 and receive full member benefits. Contact us to learn more

For more information on how your company can participate in or otherwise support this network, contact Julie Manley.

Upcoming Webinars for the GC3 Startup Network

3-Part Patent Webinar Series for the GC3 Startup Network

In this three-part webinar series, you will learn key considerations and strategies for developing and maintaining a global patent portfolio (Jan 31 at 12 PM EST), protecting your issued patents from challenges at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) (February 27 at 12 PM EST), and enforcing your patent rights in federal district courts and the International Trade Commission (ITC) (March 28 at 12 PM EDT).  During each webinar, patent attorneys from Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP will give a short presentation and then answer questions submitted before and during the webinar.  Register for each part of the series separately.  

Part 1: Developing Your Patent Portfolio

Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Adriana L. Burgy, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

Tom Irving, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

In part one of this webinar series, you will learn key considerations and strategies for developing and maintaining a global patent portfolio.  We will discuss when and where to file patent applications, how many applications you should file, how much information you can share with investors without forfeiting your patent rights, and other ways that inventors and companies have inadvertently forfeited their patent rights.  We will also discuss questions you should be asking your attorney during the preparation and prosecution process. Register

Part 2: Protecting Your Patents from Post-Grant Challenges

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Mark Feldstein, Ph.D., Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

Michael Flibbert, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

In part two of this webinar series, you will learn key considerations and strategies for protecting your patents from challenges at the USPTO.  We will discuss inter partes review (IPR) and other post-grant review proceedings, and how your competitors can use them to challenge your issued patents.  We will discuss steps you should take to prepare for an attack on your patents, key strategies for avoiding institution of an IPR, and how you can use these proceedings to challenge your competitors’ patents.  We will also discuss whether and how to introduce evidence of secondary considerations of nonobviousness, best practices on motions to amend, and questions you should be asking your attorney during the process. Register.

Part 3: Enforcing Your Patents

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Eric Fues, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

Denise Main, Ph.D., Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

In part three of this webinar series, you will learn you will learn key considerations and strategies for enforcing your patent rights in federal district courts and the ITC.  We will discuss steps you should take before suing a competitor for patent infringement, how to identify companies that are infringing your patents, strategies for selecting which patent claims to assert, and how your competitor can challenge your patents in response.  We will also discuss questions you should be asking your attorney during the litigation process. Register.

 

Past Events

GC3 Networking Event @ Greenbuild

November 7, 2017 in Boston, MA

Over 100 people -- GC3 members and affiliates -- joined us for an invitation-only event for Greenbuild in downtown Boston, on November 7 at 7:30 pm. We showcased six green and bio-based chemistry startups and small companies with technologies relevant to the building sector.

Read about the startups.

2017 Green & Bio-Based Chemistry Technology Showcase & Networking Event

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April 24, 2017 in Grand Rapids, MI

Ten startups and small companies presented their green & bio-based chemistry technologies and solutions. Five invited speakers from larger companies presented on strategic technology needs for their comapny and industry sector. Over 40 large chemical companies, brands, retailers, and investors were represented this half-day event. 

View the program and participants.

 

Workshop on Leveraging Partnerships to Accelerate Green & Bio-Based Chemistry Innovation

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February 1, 2017 in San Francisco, CA
Hosted by Levi Strauss & Co

Twenty six startups, 20 large companies and investors, over 80 people total participated in a one-day workshop and networking event in San Francisco focused on partnering and investing.

View the program and participants

Read the article in GreenBiz about the event

Green & Bio-Based Chemistry Startup Event

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May 23, 2016 in Burlington, VT 

Hosted by Seventh Generation

Ten green & bio-based chemistry startup companies presented and networked with over 40 chemical companies, brands, retailers, and investors.

View the program and participants.

 

Archived Webinars

Innovation Spotlight: Greener Flame Retardants

Webinar: Thursday, March 2 at 11:00 a.m. ET

Amit Paul, Managing Director, Paxymer AB
Jan-Pleun Lens, Vice President, Research and Applications, FRX Polymers

Paxymer and FRX Polymers have developed innovative flame retardants with unique performance and green chemistry benefits. Read more.

This is the first in a GC3 Startup Network webinar series which will highlight Startup Network member companies.

View Slides (pdf)  •  Watch Recording