Calling Central Ohio Innovators for Waste to Resources Challenge

Are you a Columbus-based innovator with an idea for turning trash into treasure? If so, we want to hear from you.

SWACO and Rev1 are seeking to support local innovators and aspiring entrepreneurs who see opportunities in transforming waste into valuable resources. Each year over a million tons of waste is landfilled by Franklin County businesses and residents.

Learn more about how your innovative idea can help by attending an informational session ‘Calling Central Ohio Innovators for Waste to Resources Challenge’ on May 26 at 12:30p EST.



We’re looking for innovations that can make an impact in these areas: 

Food Waste Prevention
Food Rescue
Waste Stream Process

What is the Customer Learning Lab?

Rev1’s Customer Learning Lab is a three-day, intensive, virtual boot camp designed for innovators to validate their product with the market rapidly. Each concept will be paired with experienced advisors and mentors to help you quickly iterate on your technology. See the dates and full agenda below.

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June 2021 Customer Learning Lab Agenda

June 8: Tuesday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

• Introduction and getting started
• Problem validation
• Market assessment
• Features exercise
• Minimum viable product
• Competitive analysis of user stories
• Identifying your target audience

June 11: Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

• Introduction to customer research
• Research design
• Defining research goals
• Designing your research instrument
• Research analysis guidelines
• Qualitative and quantitative work sessions


June 21: Friday, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • Startup Pitches
  • Compare survey results to goals and predictions
  • Did you validate your features?
    • After successful assumptions validation: customer validation
    • After successful customer validation: business validation
  • Rev1 Ventures’ Startup Studio Model and next steps

Do you have an innovation today that can help?

We’ve opened up room in Rev1’s June Customer Learning Lab for solutions that can help our region address food waste and be more sustainable.

Apply Now