Totally Green Bottles and Caps founder, Bill Horner, made his way to Amsterdam Science Park, the Netherlands earlier this month to participate in the June 1st Bio-Based Live event organized by Bio-Based World News editor Luke Upton. The majority of the attenders were from Europe, but Bill said this was a homecoming of sort with the Iowa Department of Economic Development well represented and several participants from Omaha, Nebraska, Bill’s former home state.
The goal of this annual two-day event is to bring together CEOs, Senior R&D, and Process Heads with sustainable professional brand marketing specialists and end users.
The bio-based industry is often met with challenges, and the Bio-base Live conference is often the conduit for collaboration to move sustainable “green” idea concepts forward.
An added bonus, is that among selected conference participants, Bill Horner, was invited to present to the Dragon’s Den. The Dragon’s Den is an opportunity for innovators to provide an overview of their technology and business model to investors. Reaching commercial scale relies on the believers and pool of investors you can acquire for your product.
During the Dragon’s Den Session, Bill met with the “Dragons” including Oliver Sexton (Investment Director of Rainbow Fund), Tomas Carruthers (CEO of Social Stock Exchange), Babette Petterson (Chief Business Development Officer of Capricorn Ventures Partners), and Dr. Adrian Higson (Company Director of NNFCC The Bioeconomy Consultants).
Key points from the Dragon’s Den presentation included the following:
•Over 8 million tons of plastic leaks into the ocean EVERY year with an estimated amount of 150 million tons currently.
•Bottled water has become the leading beverage of the world with over 200 billion liters sold per year.
•Totally Green Bottles and Caps can provide the first ever 100% fully compostable bioplastic water bottle and cap.
According to Bill, the whole experience was very encouraging and there is so much energy in the BioPlastics sector!