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Our regularly scheduled Lunch 'n' Learn programs together bring together entrepreneurs, thought leaders, academics, business leaders and students to explore topics important to the sustainable chemistry sector and in particular to sustainable-chemistry start-ups. You can find out more about DESCA's Lunch 'n' Learn Programs and schedules by visiting our Sustainable Chemistry Blog or joining our mailing list.
The Sustainable Chemistry Alliance organized and hosted the first cluster-building event, attracting approximately 60 stakeholders to a Sustainable Chemistry Summit to brainstorm and build consensus around key technology strengths.
Dr. Paul Anastas, the "father of green chemistry" and the Assistant Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Research and Development accepted the Alliance's invitation to highlight opportunities for the Green Economy to a gathering of sustainable technology leaders.
The Alliance organized the 2nd annual Sustainable Chemistry Summit, where opportunities for financing the sustainable chemistry agenda were explored by the nearly 100 academic, small business, industry and government leaders in attendance. Dr. Robert Peoples, Director of the American Chemical Society's Green Chemistry Institute, and Dr. David J. C. Constable, a noted expert on green chemistry metrics, shared their insights with the summit participants.
The Sustainable Chemistry Alliance hosted the Green Chemistry Investor Forum, bringing together start-up ventures and emerging high-growth companies with investors actively seeking innovative green technologies, bio-based products and other sustainable chemistry opportunities.
The Alliance's 3rd Annual Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Summit offered a unique look at green chemistry commercialization with a program focused on sustainable technologies and showcasing bio-based and green chemistry innovation. Featured speakers included thought leaders from both industry and government, among them them Dr. Rui Resendes, Executive Director of GreenCentre Canada, Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Collin O'Mara, Secretary of the Environment and Energy, Ray Miller, Chief Business Officer of Verdezyne and Dr. Hari Sunkara of DuPont and recipient of the 2013 ACS Award for Affordable Green Chemistry.
In an event held specifically to benefit small businesses, the Alliance co-hosted First State Innovation's Summer Entrepreneurs Showcase. Three start-up companies with technologies focused on sustainable chemistry presented their business plans to angel investors. Training on presentation skills was provided to the participants by the Delaware SBTDC. DESCA continues to collaborate with First State Innovation and the Delaware SBTDC to promote investment opportunities in small businesses in the cluster.