April 11 is the application deadline for the third annual Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO) start-up competition. Applications are being sought from innovative, socially-conscious entrepreneurs with either a consumer product or B2B solution that helps companies achieve their goals towards creating more sustainable brands. There are two categories for entrants:
- Idea Stage – for self or family-funded entities with a solid business plan and limited operational experience
- Early Stage – for companies currently operating with less than $1 million in outside capital.
The SBIO is part of the Sustainable Brands 2011 conference and ten start-ups will be selected to display and pitch during the conference to attendees, as well as a group of green/social investors, executives from leading companies, top brand consultants, and peers.
"SBIO supports innovation and fosters collaboration between early stage eco-entrepreneurs and executives from some of the most influential brands in the industry, as well as socially responsible investors who can help take their ideas to the next level," said KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz, CEO of Sustainable Life Media. "The SBIO gives ten emerging companies a platform to showcase their early stage company and build a network of supporters that can accelerate their route to market."
Application information for the SBIO is available here.