Scaling-Up: the 4% Dilemma and How to Improve the Odds

Ottawa – November  16, 2016 – Sixth Element Sustainable Management is proud to announce that Managing Director Gerald Kutney presented at the Scaling Up: Delivering Canada’s Low-carbon, Bio-based Economy through Sustainable Innovation conference in Ottawa.  The presentation, Scaling-Up: the 4% Dilemma and How to Improve the Odds, provided an analysis of the stage of commercial development and success rates with emerging biofuels, using pyrolysis-type technologies – torrefaction, slow pyrolysis, fast pyrolysis, hydrothermal liquefaction, hydrothermal carbonization, and biomass gasification – as an example.  Of the over 1,000 firms, only 4% have gone beyond the demonstration stage of commercial development.  Ten of the best methods to improve these odds were presented.  If you would like a copy of the presentation, please contact us.

Sixth Element Sustainable Management is a “boutique” consulting firm specializing in concept planning, start-ups, and early-stage companies that do not have the senior management depth or experience. We provide C-level services for inventorsentrepreneurs, investors, and public sector agencies, which are directly provided by the Managing Director of Sixth Element Sustainable Management, Gerald Kutney.  Sixth Element Sustainable Management maintains a comprehensive global database of over 1,000 biomass pyrolysis-type ventures. The Pyrolysis Venture Database is important for investors and entrepreneurs alike.  The information is a valuable resource for vetting the investment choices and assessing the competitive position of pyrolysis ventures.

Dr. Kutney, Ph.D. in chemistry, has participated in all aspects of innovation and technology commercialization in the forest products industry, with two decades of executive experience with global corporations and entrepreneurial enterprises.  Besides business mentoring and executive coaching, services include strategic leadership, contract negotiations, pro forma design and appraisal, techno-commercial evaluations, feasibility studies, technology and venture vetting and audits.

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