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EnviCore Securs a Spot to Showcase Waste Minerals Repurposing Technology in GCCA INNOVANDI Challenge

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EnviCore Inc. on GCCA shortlist of start-ups in global innovation challenge to deliver low carbon concrete.

- GCCA Innovandi Open Challenge partners the world’s leading cement and concrete manufacturers with tech start-ups.

- 15 start-ups shortlisted, from more than 70 who applied from across the world.

- Developing low carbon concrete key part of making essential industry net zero by 2050 in line with GCCA Roadmap.


EnviCore from Calgary, Canada is one of fifteen start-ups, shortlisted by the GCCA, from a global list of applications, for its pioneering Innovandi Open Challenge scheme, to work on developing low-carbon concrete for the world.

The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) and its member companies are on a mission to fully decarbonise concrete – the most used material on earth after water. Developing low carbon concrete is a key part of making the essential cement and concrete industry net zero by 2050, in line with the GCCA Roadmap.

The GCCA’s Innovandi Open Challenge brings together start-ups and the industry’s leading manufacturers to work together on innovative ways to cut emissions and accelerate progress.

During the Spring, applications were invited from start-ups interested in working on developing new materials and ingredients to make low carbon concrete. Seventy applications were received from every region of the world.

EnviCore is one of fifteen start-ups, on a shortlist drawn up by the GCCA and its member companies, which present the most promising and deployable technologies. All fifteen start-ups, including EnviCore will now present their ideas at a pitch day on Friday.

Shahrukh Shamim, CEO-EnviCore Inc. said- "We are honored to have been invited to pitch for the Innovandi Challenge and showcase our technology. This opportunity allows us to present our innovative approach to repurposing a wide variety of feedstocks into superior supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs) at low temperatures. We are excited to share our work with numerous cement and concrete experts from around the world."

Those ultimately accepted for this year’s Innovandi Open Challenge will gain unique access to industry plants, labs, key networks and the expertise and infrastructure of the leading manufacturers.

Claude Loréa, GCCA Cement Director and Innovation Lead said the GCCA and its member companies have been very impressed by the applications.

“We received more than 70 quality applications, so drawing up a shortlist was challenging. Developing low carbon concrete will require innovation and expertise to succeed, as our essential industry needs something easily scalable and affordable.”

“Those start-ups on the list demonstrated the most potential, and we look forward to hearing more about their ideas during this week’s pitch day. But we’ll also be keeping in touch with other start-ups who didn’t make this year’s shortlist, with future projects in mind.”

It is the second year the Innovandi Open Challenge has been running. The first programme, which launched in 2021 and which primarily focused on carbon capture and utilisation, has already seen two projects go to pilot stage.

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