Have you ever thought about making plastic out of wood waste?
Advance BioCarbon 3-D does just that and was one of the businesses presenting at StartUp Revelstoke’s Innovation night last Tuesday.
“You can take the wood waste, put it through equipment inside a shipping container and it spits out bioplastic or engineer grade bio-carbon,” said Jean-Marc La Flamme, StartUp Revelstoke community leader.
Forestry and wood are one of Revelstoke’s main industry’s and LaFlamme wants entrepreneurs with ideas about how to make use of that resource to set up shop in Revelstoke.
“There is billions and billions of dollars of businesses that could be started here,” he said.
At the Innovation Night, the group of around 40 people heard business ideas and then broke out into groups to look at the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of each potential business idea.
“Everybody really appreciated that they could tear apart a business and really look at these things instead of saying ‘that’s a great idea’ and then finish there,” La Flamme said.
One presenter, Greg Hoffart of Tree Construction, talked about locally made mass timber.
“He goes through all of these high performance and mostly natural ways to put wood together in a different way and make it a better product rather than just stripping out two by fours and two by sixes and sending them to China at low cost,” La Flamme said. “We could make awesome building material here.”
Cornelius Suchy, of Canadian Biomass Energy Research also presented six business ideas that could be done locally.
“They are building this all around the world and we need to understand what that is and exactly what we would like to take on here,” La Flamme said.
If you missed the event, you can find a video on StartUp Revelstoke’s Facebook Page.