Cap­i­tal firm gains global prize

The Scotsman - - BUSINESS - By SCOTT REID

Ed­in­burgh waste an­a­lyt­ics com­pany Topoly­t­ics has scooped $ 100,000 (£ 77,000) in a global con­test backed by tech giants Google and SAP.

The Cir­cu­lar Econ­omy 2030 Con­test, or­gan­ised by the two firms, set out to find the best rev­enue- gen­er­at­ing ideas that can un­lock tril­lions of dol­lars of new eco­nomic out­put by re­duc­ing waste and pol­lu­tion, keep­ing prod­ucts and ma­te­ri­als in use and/ or re­gen­er­at­ing nat­u­ral sys­tems.

The con­test re­ceived more than 250 ap­pli­ca­tions glob­ally.

In April, To poly ti cs was named one of five fi­nal­ists. Af­ter a two-day in­ten­sive work­shop, all fi­nal­ists de­liv­ered a pitch that was recorded for the judg­ing panel, con­sist­ing of se­nior ex­ec­u­tives from Google, SAP, the United Na­tions, the Ellen Macarthur Foun­da­tion and the Global Part­ner­ship for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Data.

The Ed­in­burgh f i rm pro­posed ex­pand­ing the scale and scope of its ex­ist­ing Wastemap data plat­form.

Michael Groves, Topoly­t­ics’ founder, said: “This is a big mo­ment for Topoly­t­ics. We are ex­tremely grate­ful to the or­gan­is­ing team and are hum­bled to have won, par­tic­u­larly given the qual­ity of the other fi­nal­ists – all great com­pa­nies.

“The range and qual­ity of tech­nolo­gies de­vel­oped by Google Cloud and SAP will un­doubt­edly un­der­pin the rapid com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion and scal­ing of Wastemap.”

As over­all win­ner, Topoly­t­ics gets a cash prize, ac­cess to Google Cloud and SAP tech­nolo­gies and their global net­works.

The chal­lenge or­gan­is­ers noted: “The busi­ness idea for Topoly­t­ics not only met our judg­ing cri­te­ria in terms of orig­i­nal­ity, but also demon­strated a well- re­searched pro­posal with a high po­ten­tial for ad­vanced ap­pli­ca­tion of both Google Cloud and SAP tech­nol­ogy.

“More­over, we were im­pressed by Groves’ will­ing­ness to roll up his sleeves dur­ing the in­ter­ac­tive work­shop.”

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