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NextCycle Michigan to award more than $50K to environmental businesses and initiatives

The funding will be awarded to participants of the Fall into Recycling Educational workshop in October.

September 22, 2022

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) has announced the NextCycle Michigan Showcase at the Michigan Recycling Coalition’s (MRC) Fall into Recycling educational workshop, Oct. 6-7.  

An initiative of EGLE, NextCycle Michigan has prepared 24 presenting teams for implementation and funding. There, the teams will demonstrate to judges, public-sector decision-makers and private-sector investors the potential of their innovative ideas in four pitch categories. These categories include:  

  • beyond recycling,   

  • community-based solutions,   

  • shovel-ready, and  

  • turning the wheel of innovations.   

EGLE Director Liesl Clark will present more than $50,000 in award funding from NextCycle sponsors to further support team initiatives, accelerate the circular economy and advance climate health in Michigan.  

NextCycle Michigan says it is an accelerator to foster partnerships and develop investment-ready project plans to keep waste out of landfills and build demand for recovered materials by manufacturers in Michigan. It has brought new business to the economy while centering solutions that are equitable and positive for the environment.  

“We are very excited about the return of the NextCycle Showcase at the MRC Fall Into Recycling Event,” says Matt Flechter, EGLE Recycling market development specialist. “With the help of mentors and one-on-one consulting from recycling, business and industry experts, the teams are ready to share their business plans and projects. We are thrilled at the growth the teams have made and look forward to the partnerships that will emerge from this Showcase.”  

Teams have been preparing for this event for five months and are eager to showcase what they have achieved. Project biographies of the 24 NextCycle teams can be found on the Showcase’s webpage. For more information on the NextCycle Michigan Showcase and MRC Fall Into Recycling programming, or to purchase tickets, click here.