Have some spare space on your trophy shelf? Interested in seed money for a new technology? Two contests that recently made calls for entries might suit you. DuPont Packaging announced the call for entries for its 22nd DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. The contest’s scope has been broadened this year to include packaging innovation and waste/cost reduction, as well as sustainability achievements. Entries will be evaluated for excellence in packaging innovation, sustainability, and cost /waste reduction, with entry forms and guidelines at www.packaging.dupont.com. The deadline for entries—which are free—is Feb. 12, 2010 and packaging designers, converters, consumer good producers, retailers, and equipment manufacturers are encouraged to enter their new product packaging developments.
In a similar sustainability vein, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) will once again hold a Clean Technology Competition as part of its GPEC (Global Plastic Environmental Conference) 2010, which takes place March 8-10, at The Florida Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando. Clean Tech Competition Chair Eric Koester is seeking, “Entrepreneurs, inventors, startups, and emerging companies developing innovative clean and green technologies involving plastics and advanced materials.” One- to two-page executive summaries are due by Jan. 8, 2010 and can be sent directly to Koester. Presentations will be judged by a panel of industry investors and experts. Battelle will sponsor the competition and award the top business plan $2000, with $1000 for the runner-up. —[email protected]