Wanted: Seaweed solutions for $100,000
Hey! You stuck your "Shark Tank" in my seaweed blob!
What's happening: The Miami-Dade Innovation Authority (MDIA) is looking for ways to repurpose sargassum, the seaweed taking over local beaches in summer months.
- Companies could win $100,000 for their ideas.
Why it matters: Decomposing sargassum releases gas that can smell bad, irritate eyes and repel tourists.
- Miami-Dade County spent over $4.2 million on sargassum cleanup last year.
Details: Submit proposals by Sept. 29.
- Winners will be selected by the fall and then work with the county to test their solutions.
Of note: MDIA is a new nonprofit that provides grants to companies working on pressing issues like climate, health and housing.
- Launched with funding from the county, the Knight Foundation and Citadel founder Ken Griffin, it aims to host three such public challenges annually.
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