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Carbon Recycling Labs provides specialized support for the nascent carbon recycling industry.

What is Carbon Recycling Labs?

Carbon Recycling Labs (CRL) is a virtual, multi-phase, specialized commercialization assistance program providing support for the nascent carbon recycling industry that converts carbon dioxide, bio-methane, and lignocellulosic biomass into valued products. It accelerates startups while addressing challenges in the larger carbon recycling ecosystem that hinder investors, corporate, and NGO partners from taking action in this field.

The program is an initiative of Center for Carbon Removal, a non-profit that works to accelerate strategies that remove carbon from the atmosphere  with the ultimate goal of deploying negative emissions on a global scale.  Carbon utilization is an important first-step in developing the technologies, infrastructure, and policy environment required for large-scale carbon sequestration.


How does it work?

The program will span three phases designed to transition early-stage technology innovations from lab to first investment.

Phase 1: Customer Discovery

Carbon Recycling Labs provides up to $30,000 in non-dilutive funding and a structured entrepreneurship and customer discovery curriculum.  Great technology is important, but it also has to be matched to a business case.  Phase one includes an in-person "bootcamp" event.


Phase 2: Build the Prototype

Carbon Recycling Labs provides up to $250,000 in funding to selected teams along with access to physical labs spaces and continued entrepreneurship mentoring to further reduce the technical risk.  Phase 2 includes additional on-sites in Washington, DC and a culminating pitch day in the San Francisco Bay area.


Phase 3: Transition to a Demonstration

Carbon Recycling Labs has partnered with specialized test sites to host field demonstrations of promising teams & their technologies.  These partners facilitate getting on-the-ground operating experience and validation.


Get Involved

Interested in applying?  Tell us about yourself and we'll be in touch when Carbon Recycling Labs launches its full application process.  Do not disclose proprietary information.

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Are you an investor or advisor interested in meeting curated startups in carbon recycling?  Get in touch!

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Questions?  Email Matt Lucas, Program Director, at