This page includes a collection of press releases and news articles about LAUNCH. 

LAUNCH Program Recognized for Supporting Small Business Innovation

This year the LAUNCH program and 23 small businesses, six individuals and two supporting programs are being recognized with a Tibbets Award presented by the Small Business Administration (SBA). LAUNCH is receiving the Tibbets Award for advancing the success of the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs at SBA. Astronaut Catherine Coleman, a member of the LAUNCH team, will accept the SBA Tibbets Award on behalf of the LAUNCH program on June 15. This is the first time supporting organizations and programs such as LAUNCH have been eligible for a Tibbets Award. The path to the acceptance podium began over five years ago.
June 15, 2015

Connora Technologies Wins Best in Show at California Technology Council's First Pitch: Renewables

Congratulations to Connora Technlogies for winning Best in Show at the the California Tehnology Council's First Pitch: Renewables event. The California Technology Council has posted a Q&A with Connorra CEO Rey Benato and remarks, "The win for Connora reflects excitement over very promising technology which will enable manufacturing from composites based on recycled material."
June 09, 2015

LAUNCH partners with Infocast on its Sustainable Chemicals & Plastics Adoption & Applications Summit

North America is projected to emerge as the global leader of the rapidly growing bio-based & sustainable chemicals and plastics industry. The industry received nearly $1B in investment in 2014, and North America has captured $2.2B over the past three years, accounting for 87% of the total VC funding.
June 02, 2015

SEaB Energy’s smart city technology to be piloted in Canary Wharf, London

"SEaB Energy, a leading smart city innovator, has been selected to pilot their containerised, waste-to-energy technology at Canary Wharf after winning the second phase of the Cognicity Challenge. This will be the first time in thirty years that shipping containers will be seen at the former dockyard."
May 19, 2015

Bayer MaterialScience Chooses BioAmber as a Supplier of Bio-succinic Acid for Production of PURs

"BioAmber Inc. has been chosen by Bayer MaterialScience as the supplier of bio-succinic acid used to produce a new range of innovative, bio-based polyurethanes for textile applications that Bayer MaterialScience has begun commercializing."
April 27, 2015

Cross Sector Collaboration Aims to Revolutionize Sustainable Materials

NASA, IKEA Group, Novozymes, Nike Inc., Kvadrat, Nordic Government Institutions, leading scientists, designers and materials innovators join the LAUNCH Nordic Summit April 28 in Copenhagen, to shape a better world of materials.
April 23, 2015

LAUNCH Initiative Supports Breakthrough Innovations to Advance Green Chemistry

LAUNCH founders NASA, NIKE, Inc., the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State will host the LAUNCH Green Chemistry Forum at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on January 23 and 24, 2015.  LAUNCH is an open innovation platform that was founded in 2010 to identify and foster breakthrough solutions to create a more sustainable world.  LAUNCH aims to move beyond incremental change and make an impact at a system-wide level. 
January 22, 2015

Forbes 30 Under 30 List Recognizes LAUNCH Alumni

Forbes has announced their 30 Under 30 list which features a pair of LAUNCH innovators from past challenges. Eben Bayer, 29 and Gavin McIntyre, 29 are recognized on the Forbes list for their work using mycelium to create mushroom-materials through their firm Ecovative. Ecovative’s technology resolves critical concerns for waste, energy, and consumer health. The products are a completely biodegradable replacement for polystyrene, packing material or insulation.
January 09, 2015

USAID is incubating start-ups to tackle poverty problems

USAID is incubating start-ups to tackle poverty problems
September 17, 2014


IKEA Group, NOVOZYMES, KVADRAT, LEADING SCIENTISTS, INVESTORS AND NORDIC GOV. REPRESENTATIVES WILL TEAM UP IN MALMØ TO SUPPORT NINE LAUNCH NORDIC INNOVATORS. As part of LAUNCH Nordic, a newly established US-Nordic collaboration, 30 industry executives, materials experts, government officials and investors will gather September 10-11, 2014, for the LAUNCH Nordic Forum to offer insight and guidance to help scale nine innovations in sustainable materials and manufacturing.
September 08, 2014