Contest on sustainability

Waste analytics firm Topolytics picks up $100k prize

Michael Groves: ‘natural fit’


Scottish data analytics company Topolytics, which maps the generation, progress and fate of industrial and commercial waste, has been awarded $100,000 from a programme fostering social entrepreneurship for a sustainable future.

It was also awarded a Google Cloud start-up package of support and SAP product access. The two companies launched the contest at the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this year, prompted by the urgent need to address the United Nations Sustainable Development call for responsible production and consumption. 

More than 250 participants from over 50 countries in six continents submitted applications. Five finalists were chosen, and their ideas ranged from better managing food waste to combat hunger to tracing batteries for future use, recycling fabric remnants and sustaining rural farms in Kenya. 

Entrepreneur Michael Groves, CEO and founder of Edinburgh-based Topolytics, said: “Our ambition and use of leading-edge technology are a natural fit for these titans of the tech world.”

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