Announcing a Startup Competition for the 3rd Annual Green & Bio-Based Chemistry Technology Showcase & Networking Event May 8, 2018 at the GC3 Innovators Roundtable, at Eastman Chemical, Kingsport, TN 

The Application Process is Now Closed

(The deadline was Feburary 16, 2018. Winners were notified in March. See the list of winners here.)


The GC3 is seeking 10 startups to present their technologies to large companies (“strategics”) in many sectors across the value chain that are seeking new green chemicals and materials for their products; new green products and manufacturing technologies; joint development, licensing, investment and other partnership opportunities.  

The GC3’s 3rd Annual Green & Bio-Based Chemistry Technology Showcase & Networking Event will be held on May 8, 2018, on the first day of GC3’s Innovators Roundtable at Eastman Chemical Co. in Kingsport, TN. 

Up to ten innovative companies will have the opportunity to present their technology and company on the main stage and be invited to network with large companies.

Technology Needs from Large Strategics

The GC3 member companies listed below will attend the Technology Showcase Event and have submitted specific, green chemical, material and/or product technologies for which they are actively seeking new green chemistry solutions.  Submissions are not limited to these categories, but preference will be given.

Apple    Johnson & Johnson   Procter & Gamble Company
 BASF Corporation    Kingfisher plc    Patagonia
 Beiersdorf AG    L'Oréal USA     Sherwin Williams
 Best Buy Company, Inc.   Levi Strauss & Co.   Steelcase
Eastman Chemical Company   New Balance   Target


Technology Areas*

    Adhesives   Fabric Finishes  Monomers/Polymers   Recyclable Latex 
    Coating Technologies  Flame Retardants  Plasticizers  Recycling Technologies 
    Corrosion Inhibitors  Fungicides  Polyurethanes  Solvents
    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
  • Individuals in product development, R&D, open innovation, technology scouting, corporate ventures, and related functions
  • Leaders in Corporate Sustainability and EH&S
  • Angel and venture funds 

Why should you attend?

  • Present your technology and company to a targeted audience with interest in your company’s technologies and areas of expertise
  • Build relationships with large companies and other innovative start-ups working to develop green and sustainable chemistry solutions
  • 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 Green Chemistry

Green chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances. Green chemistry applies across the life cycle of a chemical product, including its design, manufacture and use and includes 12 fundamental principles. Green chemistry is a critical element of sustainable chemistry, which seeks to reduce the environmental impact of processes and products, optimize the use of finite resources, minimize waste, and meet social needs. Sustainable chemistry is a key element of a broader business strategy for sustainability.

About the GC3

The Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3) is a unique and vibrant cross sectoral, business-to-business network of companies and other organizations working collaboratively to advance green chemistry across sectors and supply chains.  The GC3 was started in 2005 and is based at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  There are currently 120 members in the GC3, including leading large and small chemical manufacturers, consumer product companies/brands in many sectors, retailers; NGOs; consultants and government agencies.  Members participate in collaborative projects and convene at annual Innovators Roundtable.

About the GC3 Startup Network

The GC3 Green & Bio-Based Chemistry Startup Network 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.