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We turn waste CO2 from breweries into vegan omega-3 oils with our proprietary algae greenhouse. We are Superior Ecotech & we love beer! Read more

Boulder, CO Technology
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We turn waste CO2 from breweries into vegan omega-3 oils with our proprietary algae greenhouse. We are Superior Ecotech & we love beer!

Boulder, CO Technology
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Fermenting beer releases CO2 into the atmosphere.

We tackle a serious problem for America’s booming craft beer business: reducing brewery CO2 emissions in a cost-effective, sustainable way.

Hi, we’re students from Boulder, CO and we love beer.

In 2011, while speaking to local brewers, we discovered that craft breweries wished they didn’t have to release CO2 into the atmosphere as part of the beer fermentation process. We spent the next few years developing a proprietary algae grower designed specifically for use at craft breweries to solve this problem. We’re ready to build our greenhouse, we just need your support!

 Algae soak up CO2. They ‘breathe’ in CO2 and convert it to useful oils such as vegan omega-3 oils. We’ve developed an algae growth system that grows loads of algae in a small space, allowing us to soak up CO2 from breweries and make vegan omega-3 oils. In one step we can both reduce CO2 emissions from breweries AND sell the omega-3 oils to cover our costs.

   

Upslope Brewing Company (Boulder, CO.) is a great local brewery, and are doing everything they can to be green. That’s why they want to be the first US brewery to have an algae greenhouse on their roof!

We love working with Upslope because they are a great team, they love beer as much as we do, and they have exactly what our algae need.

Upslope Founder, Matt Cutter, said, “The Superior Ecotech team presented a fascinating technology that grabbed our attention from the very beginning. This symbiotic relationship has the potential to help breweries and other industries reduce their carbon footprint for years to come. We are excited to have been chosen as the host site for these student entrepreneurs to prove their concept.”

$15,000 Remote algae growth monitoring system. Every $25+ backer will get an extra 10g algae!

$25,000 Greenhouse heater for more algae. $75+ backers will get a bonus 10g sample of our omega 3 oil!

$40,000 Second greenhouse with all the bells and whistles! Every $150+ backer will get a bonus T-shirt!

   

Risks and challenges

We have spent the last 18 months building a great team and forming a board of business and industry advisers. We have secured an agreement to use the rooftop on which we will build, and we have all the pieces of the puzzle ready to be assembled.

Our partners are providing us with assistance in making sure we can overcome any obstacles we may face.

We are certain that we can deliver the rewards to you on time and will keep you updated every step of the way.

Thank you so much for supporting our project.

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    6 backers

    Photo Postcard. Pledgers will receive a unique signed photo postcard and will be featured on our website as a supporter.

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    17 backers

    10g Algae Sample. Pledgers will receive a sample of our non-GMO algae grown at Upslope. Also includes Photo Postcard.

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    111 backers

    Pint Glass and Name on Greenhouse. Pledgers will receive a unique 16oz Upslope / Algae Meets Breweries pint glass and their name will be engraved on the algae greenhouse at Upslope. Pledgers also receive algae sample, and photo.

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    27 backers

    Hooded Sweatshirt. Pledgers will receive a unique hooded sweatshirt with Upslope and Algae Meets Breweries graphics. Pledgers will also receive pint glass, name on greenhouse, algae, and photo. Kids sizes available in lighter green!

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    6 backers Limited (14 left of 20)

    "Inside Upslope" Brewing Class. Pledgers will spend an afternoon with Upslope's Head Brewer, Alex Violette. You'll be able to pick his brain on the basics of brewing and learn how to improve your homebrew setup. Pledgers also receive pint glass, algae, and photo.

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    7 backers Limited (3 left of 10)

    "Pulling the Nails" - Early Bird Special. Pledgers will receive a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour Upslope's aging cellar and sample every barrel by "Pulling the Nail" plugs. Date TBD but likely August/September. Pledgers will also receive hooded sweatshirt, glass, name on reactor, algae, and photo postcard.

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    Pledge $150 or more

    3 backers

    Build Crew. Pledgers will join the Superior Ecotech team for an exclusive behind the scenes afternoon to assist in building the rooftop algae greenhouse. Pledgers will also receive a private tour of the brewery, hooded sweatshirt, pint glass, name on greenhouse, algae, photo. No airfare included.

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    2 backers Limited (2 left of 4)

    Brew with Upslope for 2. Pledgers will join a friend to spend an afternoon brewing at Upslope. You will be treated like an honorary employee and enjoy the perks of being a brewer. Pledgers will also receive hooded sweatshirt, pint glass, name on greenhouse, algae, and photo postcard. No airfare included.

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    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    “Algae meets Breweries” Package of Awesomeness. Pledgers will receive a 3D-printed model of our algae greenhouse, 100 carbon offset credits, a framed carbon credit certificate, an evening with the Superior Ecotech founders, a private brewery tour, and a 5* dinner in Boulder. Pledgers will also receive "Pulling the Nails", "Inside Upslope" Brewing Class, hooded sweatshirt, pint glass, name on greenhouse, algae, and photo postcard. No airfare included.

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