Pivot Materials



About Pivot Materials

Pivot creates bio-based alternatives to traditional plastics by upcycling agricultural waste. The company reduces plastic waste by using up to 100% bio-based materials in some products and up to 50% less plastic in their fossil fuel-based products. They use agricultural waste like bamboo fibers, rice, barley, and coffee hulls in their bio-materials, reducing their carbon footprint and avoiding the burning of agricultural waste. The company also uses simple energy efficient processes for production.

Pivots’ materials have a wide range of applications, including the automotive industry, home and houseware products, shipping pallets, packaging, and disposable items where strength is required. Their materials can be used in most current conventional manufacturing equipment and are available at competitive prices.

As a female founder, it is virtually impossible to find strong, skilled women mentors. Melanie de Vries from the SBDC Tech Team is absolutely remarkable and I can’t express what her exceptional business skills and consistent personal support have meant for us and other DEI tech founders. Having participated in leading accelerators across the country, I know that Melanie’s and the Tech Team’s expertise is unparalleled anywhere. We are so lucky to have them in the Michigan tech start-up ecosystem.Kylee Guenther, Co-Founder and CEO

Key Accomplishments

  • Named one of the top 50 cleantech companies to watch globally by CleanTech Group
  • Patent pending for world’s first bamboo fiber reinforced blow molded bottle
  • Won 3rd place at Detroit Demo Day
  • Named to Start Garden 100 in 2021
  • Co-Founder Kylee Guenther named to Forbes Next 1000 List
  • Featured in Forbes supporting MEDC and Michigan ecosystem

Michigan SBDC Assistance

Tech Team Consulting

•Business Strategy

•Marketing Strategy and Plan Creation

•Investor Relations

•Investor Pitch Development

•Financial Planning and Projections

•COVID Impact Advising

Business Accelerator Fund

•$19,000 Engagement Through Lawrence Tech University/Centrepolis

•Intellectual Property

•Process Development


Additional Support From

•Lawrence Tech University/Centrepolis

•Automation Alley

Published October 2021.

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