Broward College Innovation Award Winners

The winner of the 2019 Broward College Innovation Award ($10,000 USD) is Celise, a provider of sustainable, eco-friendly foodservice disposables made from plant starches and pulps that replace and eliminate single-use plastic waste.

Made from renewable resources, Celise products are compostable in commercial composting facilities within  six months or biodegradable on their own in natural conditions between two to five years. The student-founder of Celise attends American University in Washington, DC.

Other finalists in 2019, who presented at Ocean Exchange in Fort Lauderdale, FL:

  • Re-Purpose Global
    University of PA, Wharton School
    Personalized plastic offset program, giving plastic credits to help motivate behavior changes of subscribers and empowering waste pickers in India.
  • WeavAir
    University of Toronto
    IoT device to harness environmental, mechanical, and human metrics to improve HVAC systems for better air quality and operating efficiency.
  • Living Waters
    University of Chicago and Rutgers University
    Portable rainwater gutter collection units for relief shelters in offgrid settlements and refugee camps.
  • WASE
    Brunel University
    Decentralized wastewater systems to recover nutrients, energy, and water.
  • Basking Filter
    University of Oregon
    Self-cleaning filter based on biomimicry of filter feeding organisms like basking sharks.
    CA Polytechnic State San Luis Obispo
    Portable water purification system doubling as a cap of reusable bottle.
  • Celise (2019 winner)
    American University
    Eco-friendly food service disposable products from plant starches.
  • OSD
    University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
    Pocket size device using bioelectrical impedance analysis along with other sensors to measure health data. 

To see our prior Collegiate winners, check out our BIG Pitch winners page.