City of Austin

2020 [RE]verse Pitch Competition

2020 [RE]verse Pitch Competition

Austin, TX event series to turn valuable raw materials leaving businesses & non-profits as waste into foundations of new social enterprises.

Challenge Overview

The [RE]verse Pitch Competition, through a series of events and innovation prizes, inspires social entrepreneurs in Austin, Texas to help solve local zero waste challenges. 

Please note: This challenge is only open to individuals and businesses in Austin, TX who attended the opening pitch event on Feb. 10th.

Entrepreneurs are used to pitching their business idea to investors, partners, and anyone they might share an elevator ride with. In this competition, the tables will turn. The [RE]verse Pitch Competition is a social innovation program to help turn valuable raw materials that are currently leaving local businesses, non-profits, and institutions as waste into the foundation of new social enterprises. Materials leaving these organizations and entering the waste stream is the problem we're trying to solve and we're pitching to you, the social entrepreneurs of Austin, to help create a solution!

Competitors work with mentors & advisors to develop repurposing business ideas and compete for Innovation Prizes to help start this new venture.

If you have questions about this competition, please email

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Concept Statement and Mentor Request

Turntable Tile
Upcycling old music records and transforming PVC waste into affordable, attractive, waterproof kitchen and bath wall tiles.
by Nick Barreiro's team
Repurposing materials to make green furniture
Repurposing wood, materials and fabrics to make custom, scalable designed green furniture and structures
by Anil Pattni
New View
Using the waste generated from Gold Rush Vinyl and Travis County, we will be up-cycling the Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to make eye wear.
by Shane Brechmann
Tick or Treat!
I would like to use the fabrics to create a series of creative pet costumes. Everyone dresses up for Halloween, pets not so much.
by Jesus Ortiz
Lotus Jacket
We are hoping to use the fabric samples from ACR to create an item that will focus on creating a social and environmental impact in Austin.
by Lotus Community
Upcycled Prosthetic Hands
We are exploring the possibility of melting PVC into filament to 3D print simple, low-cost prosthetic hands.
by Manos Creativas ATX
Vinyl multi-purpose bricks
By stacking multiple layers of PVC/PET die-cut plastic skeleton sheets and binding them together, to create durable, weatherproof bricks.
by Adriana Vann
Yociety - Space Utilization Project
Home is where the heart is. But what if said home isn't fit for all your needs? Wall beds are the solution. Use your space with joy.
by lyric wardlow
Scrappy Quilts
Scrappy quilts can be created from the decorator fabric samples sourced from the Austin Creative Reuse Center.
by Scott Cameron
Safe Cycle
Safe Cycle proposes to use plastic skeleton sheets and redesign the pieces to become a bike lane separator for safer cycling in Austin.
by Orlando Cabañas
Play That Funky Music - Again!
In this city of live music, what better way to re-purpose materials than to use them to make cool and funky guitar straps & accessories?
by Kristin Gust
Liberia's Hope Quilt Initiative: Hope 4 The Future
Providing hope and fabrics to quilters, in Liberia, West Africa, whose skills are inherited from women, who had escaped slavery in the US.
by Joe James
Herbal Supplement For Kiddos With Mental Disorders
grö is an herbal supplement with 4 key ancient ingredients for kids with ADHD, ASD, & young athletes crafted to help them grow & be healthy.
by Lucero Cas
100% Upcycled PVC/Fabric Mobile Phone Cases
My idea is to produce upcycled phone cases using leftover, locally sourced scrap polyvinyl chloride and textiles from Goldrush and ACR.
by Taylor Henderson
Funkytown Fabrics
Upcycling the greatly varied fabric samples to create reusable accessories (bowties & scrunchies) and customizable banners for events
by Betsy Cheung
Terra Helmet
We want to engineer a new helmet using a vinyl plastic shell, an inner cushion made from sandals, and a comfort liner from the textiles.
by Aadhikesh Boopalam's team
Live, Laugh, Craft
We intend to create the 1st arts & craft brand made from all repurposed materials. Vinyl and fabric samples will be our primary materials .
by Sarah Bird's team
Middle Star Planter
I would like to use vinyl record waste to make a planter with its own grow light for apartments without a lot of natural light.
by samantha panger's team
Upcyled Rags
My idea is to turn the scrap upholstery fabric into usable items such as but not limited to baby booties, purses and dog leashes.
by Shequita Akplogan
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Finalist Application

CPTAL Project
Creating potential towards attainable living for the greater Austin community.
by lyric wardlow
Lotus Weather Proof Jacket
Lotus will create a "weather-proof", fair priced, high quality hoodie jacket made from decorator fabric samples and collected plastic waste.
by Greg
Liberia's Hope Quilt Initiative: Hope 4 The Future
Providing hope and fabrics to quilters, in Liberia, West Africa, whose skills are inherited from women, who had escaped slavery in the US.
by Joe James
Rescued Originals
Rescued Originals debut product is a pet bed that offers a "clear-conscience" choice to the consumer. "Doing Good, Every Step of the Way"
by Kristin Gust
Recycled PVC Phone Case: reCASE Project
Stylish and unique iPhone cases created using the scrap fabric from Austin Creative Reuse, and scrap PVC from Goldrush Vinyl records.
by Taylor Henderson's team
LoFi Recycling Systems
LoFi aims to turn a PVC waste stream into useful home decor and connect people to the natural world through indoor gardening.
by samantha panger's team
Rover's Rags, Chewing our way to sustainability!
A line of humorous, plush, dog toys made from fabric samples and targeting Generation Z.
by Sarah Bird's team
Terra Helmets
Shareable helmets made of PVC and textile byproduct materials that can collapse and attach to e-scooters and bikes to increase rider safety.
by Aadhikesh Boopalam's team
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