Denver, Colo - August 24, 2016 - Vartega Carbon Fiber Recycling has been selected to pitch as a Finalist in the Reuse + Recycling category of the 2016 SXSW Eco Startup Showcase. Andrew Maxey, Vartega President, will present on the impact of using recycled carbon fiber to lightweight vehicles to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. SXSW Eco, a conference that celebrates the power of design, technology and business to drive global change, takes place October 10-12 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX.
What: 2016 SXSW Eco Startup Showcase: Reuse + Recycling
When: Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 11:30 am - 12:30 am
Where: Austin Convention Center Room 9BC, 531 E 4th St, Austin, TX
Website: http://sxsweco.com/2016-startup-showcase-finalists#Reuse + Recycling
For more information on the 2016 SXSW Eco and the other presenting companies, visit http://sxsweco.com/news/2016/announcing-startup-showcase-finalists.
The Startup Showcase, now in its fifth year, is a pitch competition spotlighting innovative early stage companies in the areas of: Energy, Food + Agriculture, Internet of Things + Software, Social Impact, Reuse + Recycling and Water.
Forty-six Finalists, 8 per category, were selected out of a pool of over 240 applicants from around the world to present at the conference. The Finalists will deliver their best elevator pitch in front of a live audience and panel of judges from top VC firms and corporations,, ranging from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers to Target.
In the past four years, participating companies have gone on to raise over $70M, acquire global brands as clients, and develop other significant business relationships. The 2015 class of Startup Showcase Finalists has already raised over $12M in funding since last October.
SXSW Eco creates a space for business leaders, investors, innovators and designers to advance solutions that drive economic, environmental and social change. The conference will feature collaborative events to facilitate direct connections, as well as focused panel sessions and exciting competitions that will introduce attendees to transformative technologies, policies, products and ideas. Keynotes include Bill Nye, Kate Brandt, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., William McDonough and Sarah Richardson. The SXSW Eco 2016 schedule is now live and can be viewed at sxsweco.com/schedule. To attend SXSW Eco, you can find pertinent registration information at sxsweco.com/attend.
About Vartega Carbon Fiber Recycling
Vartega Carbon Fiber Recycling LLC is a recycler of advanced materials – specifically strong and lightweight carbon fiber – used in the aerospace, automotive, wind energy, and sporting goods industries. Founded in July 2014, Vartega has developed patent pending recycling technology to address the 15,000 metric tons of carbon fiber waste that is being landfilled and incinerated every year. Vartega’s technology uses a low energy chemistry-based process to free carbon fiber filaments for use in carbon fiber nonwoven fabrics, yarns, thermoplastic pellets, and 3D printing filaments. Materials utilizing Vartega’s low-cost recycled carbon fiber can be used to lightweight automobiles resulting in improved fuel economy and reduced emissions. For more information, visit www.vartega.com.