4th Annual GC3 Technology Showcase

The 10 Semi-Finalists Have Been Selected!

The deadline for submissions was February 1, 2019; find out which companies are the semi-finalists!


The GC3 Startup Network conducted a competitive process to find startups who will present their sustainable chemistry materials, products, and/or manufacturing technologies to investors, major brands and manufacturers at the GC3 Startup Network’s 4th Annual Technology Showcase on May 7, 2019. The Technology Showcase immediately precedes the 14th Annual GC3 Innovators Roundtable (May 7 – 9, 2019) hosted this year by Procter & Gamble, North America Fabric Care in Cincinnati, OH.

Ten startups have been selected as semi-finalists to participate in the May 7 pitch competition; three of the semi-finalists will be chosen to pitch their solutions to a panel of investors and technology scouts on the main stage at the GC3 Innovators Roundtable on May 8, to an audience of approximately 200 individuals representing 125 GC3 member companies and other organizations.

Representing Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, the 10 semi-finalist startups offer an array of technologies and chemistries for industries such as cosmetics and personal care products, building products, apparel and textiles, cleaning products, electronics, adhesives and coatings, bioplastics, pharmaceutical, and energy. The semi-finalists are as follows:


Sustainable Chemistry Technology Needs from Large Strategics

The GC3 member companies listed below contributed specific chemistry technology areas for which they are actively seeking more sustainable solutions.  Submissions are not limited to these categories, but preference may be given.

Apple   HP Inc.    Lowe's     Patagonia
 BASF Corporation   Johnson & Johnson    Levi Strauss & Co.    Sherwin-Williams
Beiersdorf AG     Kingfisher PLC   New Balance    Steelcase
Best Buy   L'Oréal USA   Procter & Gamble   Target


Technology Areas*

Adhesives      Fabric Finishes     Pigments       Recyclable Latex
Battery Technologies     Flame Retardants     Plasticizers     Recycling Technologies
Coating Technologies     Fungicides     Polyurethanes      Solvents
Corrosion Inhibitors     Monomers/Polymers     Raw materials for formulated consumer products 
(including personal care and household products)    

*For a detailed description of the needs identified within each category, click the button below.

technology needs button

Who will be there?

Attendees will include:

  • Chemical suppliers, brands, retailers, and others interested in green chemistries, materials, products, and manufacturing processes (See the list of GC3 members as a reference.)
  • Individuals in product development, R&D, open innovation, technology scouting, corporate ventures, and related functions
  • Leaders in corporate Sustainability and Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS)
  • Angel and venture funds 

Why should you apply?

Up to 10 semi-finalists will:

  • Participate in the pitch competition at the GC3 Technology Showcase on May 7, 2019 in Cincinnati, OH in front of investors and major companies seeking sustainable chemistry solutions.
  • Receive one complimentary registration to both the GC3 Technology Showcase on May 7, 2019 and the Annual Innovators Roundtable on May 7 - 9, 2019.
  • Receive a one-year company membership in the GC3 Startup Network, which provides access to education, networking, and mentoring to help startups build business relationships to bring their solutions to market.

Three finalists will receive all the semi-finalist benefits above, plus:

  • Pitch their green chemistry solutions on the main stage at the GC3 Innovators Roundtable on May 8, 2019 with an audience of over 200 like-minded investors and company representatives seeking more sustainable chemistry solutions.

Why should you attend?

  • Build relationships with large companies and other innovative start-ups working to develop green and sustainable chemistry solutions
  • Optimize time investment by connecting at one event with experts up and down the supply chain in sectors ranging from apparel to building products to electronics to personal care products and more
  • Find new partnership and investment opportunities
  • Learn what the market is seeking -- performance specifications, test protocols, etc. to take your technology or product to the next level

For more information, contact Julie Manley.


About the GC3 Startup Network

The GC3 Startup Network was launched in 2016 to support the growth of green and bio-based chemistry startups and accelerate the market adoption of innovative green chemistry technologies. With 25 startup members, the Network has become a unique and vibrant forum for green & bio-based chemistry startups to connect to our larger GC3 member chemical suppliers, brands, retailers, and investors and for these startups to connect with each other.