Colorado NextCycle business incubator is starting to recruit for 2020

Colorado has a growing population that expects access to curbside recycling, however with limited local options, truckloads of commodities must often travel thousands of miles to reach processors and end markets.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) took action in 2018 and developed a program called Colorado NextCycle - a business incubator designed to improve local end markets for recovered commodities and organic materials in Colorado.

During its inaugural run, Colorado NextCycle supported nine teams, including startups, established manufacturers, and out-of-state businesses. The teams were provided access to regional recycling industry and demographic data, expert mentorship from a technical advisory committee, in-person consulting, and interactive workshop sessions. Through the Colorado NextCycle resources, teams were able to further their business ideas into business plans and ready themselves to apply for the CDPHE end market development grant of more than $1 million. Teams in NextCycle were also provided access to private sector funders and were invited to pitch their ideas at various events.

If you have any questions regarding Colorado NextCycle, please email [email protected] or call 303-953-2461 (or visit www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/nextcycle).

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