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11 Purpose-Driven Startups Poised to Change the World:
Meet the 2016 SB Innovation Open Semi-Finalists

It's time once again for the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO) — our annual competition for startups that positively impact people, planet and profit, sponsored by Target — and we’re excited about our 11 semi-finalists in what has been our most competitive selection process yet. This year, we have startups poised to revolutionize several industries, from natural body care products to responsible mineral mining, to repurposing previously wasted food and clothing.

Our semi-finalists are competing for one of four spots in the SBIO finals on June 8 at SB '16 San Diego, where each will pitch their company to our impressive panel of judges and the audience. Finalists will be in the running for one of three prizes: the People’s Choice Award, the Target Award ($1,000 Target gift card, consultation with Target’s Sustainability, Merchandising & Innovation teams and a $10,000 charitable donation by Target) and the Grand Prize (3-year golden SB ticket and a 2-hour consultation with RFIBinder).

The 2016 SBIO Semi-Finalists:

  • Clean Copper Supply Chain Alliance, pbc — provides a network that demands copper that is extracted in a sustainable way

3 Key Insights to Support Carbon-Labeling Ambitions

The SB Socio-Cultural Trends Research, conducted in partnership with Ipsos, tracks the changing drivers and behaviors of consumers around the intersection of brands and sustainable living. Our latest report explores how brands can maximize the impact of their sustainability efforts by approaching carbon-label strategies through the lens of consumer perceptions — learn more in SB’s Q4 Pulse highlights report.


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