What is it?
NextCycle Colorado is a business incubator designed to improve the end markets for recovered commodities and organic materials in Colorado.
Why do we need it?
Our statewide waste diversion goals aim to more than double the state’s current recycling rate to 45 percent by 2036. NextCycle helps the state reach its waste diversion goal by catalyzing recycling and recovery end-market growth while simultaneously creating jobs, increasing tax revenue, and improving Colorado’s environment.
NextCycle Colorado is a business accelerator that challenges businesses, organizations, non-profits, universities, and entrepreneurs to pursue innovative projects that will develop new, or improve existing, recycling and composting end markets in the state. NextCycle helps teams develop their business plans, make connections across the state, find partners, understand industry and economic data, identify feedstock, secure funding, and drive toward shovel-ready projects under the guidance of an expert advisory committee. Since 2018, NextCycle has managed three cohorts and supported 24 teams, all with the potential to bolster Colorado’s recycling end markets. Of those teams, seven have been approved for RREO funding to grow their businesses in the state.
Teams who apply and are accepted into the NextCycle Colorado program will be able to advance their end-market endeavors through:
- No-cost consulting support provided by Resource Recycling Systems’ (RRS) and project subject matter experts (SMEs).
- Attending a multi-day business planning-focused bootcamp with travel and attendance costs covered by the NextCycle program.
- Participation in a Pitch Competition to potential funders, investors, partners, and community leaders.
- Access to subject matter on the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), including experts in material processing, infrastructure, manufacturing, finance, risk assessment, partnerships, and market development.
Register now for the NextCycle Colorado informational webinar
The application period for the fourth NextCycle cohort opens soon. On October 18, 2022, CDPHE will host a virtual session to answer questions about NextCycle Colorado and share information with those interested in joining the program.
Join the mailing list
Join NextCycle Colorado mailing list and receive regular updates on the project, including opening and due dates for applications, information on forming a team, and other important information.
Who is funding it?
Funding for Colorado NextCycle is provided by our existing grant fund dollars through the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity Program.
Meet the 2022 cohort
These companies are not only transforming their businesses, but they are also on track to transform Colorado recycling end markets.
NextCycle is more than funding – it's a strategy that refines an idea and develops it into an investable and shovel-ready business plan. Check out this year's cohort below.
- Colorado Earth is a local manufacturer of sustainable building materials made from overburdened quarry materials and other recycled materials.
- Compost Queen has a hyperlocal compost operation. They partner with local farms to compost residential food waste through hauling, processing, and educational services.
- Delta Brick & Climate Company uses nuisance sediment from the Paonia River and recycled glass to make green building materials for Colorado’s growing population.
- Docupots creates 100% recyclable and compostable seedling pots from post-consumer recycled paper.
- Elements Mountain Compost is a composting operation in rural Colorado. They divert and process organic materials for residents and businesses.
- RepEATer is a reusable container provider that partners with restaurants and food delivery services to reduce waste and costs.
- Tereform aims to convert low-value polyester waste like carpets and textiles, as well as polyethylene terephthalate (PET), into usable feedstock.
- T2GR: Tires To Green Recycling, LLC transforms scrap tires into crumb rubber for athletic fields, molding, and other added-value uses.
- Trash Panda develops innovative products with 100% recycled plastics in the rapidly growing sport of disc golf.
See NextCycle teams in action
Learn more about what a NextCycle project team looks like by watching previous pitch sessions. The five minute pitches can be viewed on the NextCycle Colorado YouTube channel.
2022 NextCycle Colorado pitch competition winner
Delta Brick and Climate Company was the winner of the 2022 NextCycle Colorado pitch competition held on June 22, 2022 at eTown Hall in Boulder, Colorado. Read the full press release.
Closed Loop Partners to support NextCycle
Closed Loop Partners has pledged support to NextCycle to identify opportunities to provide competitively priced and flexible financing of up to $5 million per project. Read the full press release.
A free library of resources is available to all interested teams. The resources have been chosen to assist project teams in developing and strengthening their applications and include: business plan development, financial resources, policy, material and diversion data, infrastructure, and industry and market resources.
The virtual Data Room enables teams to quickly access and compare local economic and demographic data as well as recycling and solid waste facilities. It also enables the user to identify potentially available feedstock on a county-by-county basis.