About Ecovative

We are Committed

... to working with industry and consumers to rid the world of toxic, unsustainable materials.. Ecovative is a material science company developing a new class of home-compostable bioplastics based on mycelium, a living organism. Mushroom Materials are high-performance, environmentally responsible alternatives to traditional plastic foam packaging, insulation, and other synthetic materials.

We are a Great Team

... of engineers, scientists, product designers and developers, growers, researchers, creators, organizers, and innovators, all passionately working to make the world a better place. Ecovative has launched a new era for sustainable material production in a fun and dynamic atmosphere that fosters creativity, excellence, and environmental stewardship.

We Work With Great People

...because we can't save the world on our own. We're grateful to be working with some of the best customers, partners, investors and granters in the world. As a triple bottom line company, people and the planet drive us.

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Stichting DOEN Foundation
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Sealed Air Corporation
Board of Directors
  • National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance
  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • National Science Foundation
  • New York State Energy Reseach & Development Agency
  • Small Business Innovation & Research
  • New York State Pollution Prevention Institute
  • New York State Empire State Development


3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. 3M's culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $27 billion in sales, 3M employs about 80,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.


Stichting DOEN Foundation

The DOEN Foundation was founded in 1991 as the main fund of The Dutch Postcode Lottery (Nationale Postcode Loterij), a charity lottery which enjoys the support of 2.5 million participants and raises more than 300 million USD for some eighty societal organizations such as WWF, Unicef and the Clinton Foundation. DOEN Foundation's ambition is to help create a more livable world in which everyone can make a contribution. To do this, DOEN promotes sustainable, cultural and socially-minded business pioneers. Moreover, DOEN aims to discover, financially support, connect and inspire these pioneers to create impact. For more information, visit www.doen.nl.


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is America's oldest technological research university. The university offers degrees from five schools; Engineering, Science, Architecture, Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and the Lally School of Management and Technology. The Institute is especially well-known for its success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace so that new discoveries and inventions benefit human life, protect the environment, and strengthen economic development. For more information, visit www.rpi.edu.


Sealed Air Corporation

Sealed Air Corporation creates a world that feels, tastes and works better. In 2012, the company generated revenue of approximately $7.6 billion by helping our customers achieve their sustainability goals in the face of todays biggest social and environmental challenges. Sealed Air's portfolio of widely recognized brands, including Cryovac® brand food packaging solutions, Bubble Wrap® brand cushioning and Diversey™ cleaning and hygiene solutions, ensures a safer and less wasteful food supply chain, protects valuable goods shipped around the world, and improves health through clean environments. Sealed Air has approximately 25,000 employees who serve customers in 175 countries. To learn more, visit www.sealedair.com.


Eben Bayer

Eben is the CEO and co-founder Ecovative. Eben uses biology to create disruptive solutions that are good for people and the planet. He has evangelized a strategy of bio-adaption around the world, including presentations at TED Global, PopTech, and The World Economic Forum in Davos.

Eben is also interested in augmentative neuro-systems, thermodynamics, education, and monetary systems modeled around life. He serves on the external advisory board of the ASU Origins project, the business board of Tech Valley High School, and advises start-ups in and around New York.

Eben studied at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he received dual degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Innovation & Design. For the 18 years prior, he studied agriculture and farming through hands on learning at his family farm in central Vermont.


Charles Deull

Charles Deull is the Executive Vice President with Clark Transfer. Deull served for many years as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Scholastic Inc, after practicing law with Cleary, Gottieb, Steen and Hamilton. Deull has brokered business relationships, joint ventures and licensing, for a number of Fortune 500s.


Richard Kelson

Richard Kelson was the former EVP and GC, and later EVP and CFO at Alcoa, the world's leader in aluminum production and products. Kelson was also an operating advisor at Pegasus Capital, a Private Equity management firm, and currently leads ServCo LLC, focusing on strategic sourcing for small and mid-market companies.


Gavin McIntyre

Gavin McIntyre is the co-founder and Chief Scientist of Ecovative Design. Gavin co-invented Ecovative's patent-pending technology that uses a fungal mycelium to transform agricultural byproducts into strong biological composite materials. Since the company's start in 2007, he has led all material and biological process development in the company's strides to replace synthetics.

Gavin has served as the principle investigator on grants received from the US EPA, the USDA, the NSF, Empire State Development, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. He serves on the board of directors for Ecovative, the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute, and the Rensselaer Center for Automation Technology and Systems. He has also served on Technology Roundtables hosted by former NYS Governor David Paterson, NYS Governor Cuomo, the US DoE, the NSF, and the US EPA.

Gavin received a dual B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Product Design from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has a number of utility patents to his name.


Jerry Weinstein

Jerry Weinstein is the founder of UC Industries, the market leader in extruded polystyrene (XPS), which was later acquired by Owens Corning (OC) in the mid-nineties. Weinstein later served as the Vice President for Exterior Products at OC, and has licensed the XPS technology internationally into construction and structural core markets.

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Ecovative History

  • The story of Ecovative really begins over a billion years ago with the evolution of fungi. Fungi are a key part of nature's recycling system and made possible the expansion of life from ocean to land.

  • 2007: While in school at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre invent a way to use fungi for a new use: rigid, molded materials. Some of their mechanical engineering peers think this project is crazy, but Eben and Gavin see it as a disruptive innovation that could help the planet.
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  • 2007: Eben and Gavin graduate, and with encouragement from their professor, Burt Swersey, they decide to quit their jobs and take a bold leap to found Ecovative. They set up shop in RPI's Business Incubator to continue their experiments.

  • 2007: Ecovative begins winning awards, including ASME's iShow and RPI's Change the World Challenge.

  • 2008: Ecovative's initial research focuses on rigid board building insulation to replace plastic foams. The small team grows test panels and installs them in walls behind glass in several buildings. These early test panels still insulate well and look as good as ever today!

  • 2008: Ecovative wins the PICNIC Green Challenge, the world's largest prize for solutions addressing climate change. The €500,000 prize allows the team to expand and move out of the campus basement.

  • 2009: Ecovative expands their space by 10 times and moves to a warehouse in nearby Green Island, New York. This site is used to build the first prototype production system for Mushroom Materials.

  • 2009: After initial exploration of many potential uses for Mushroom Materials, the Ecovative team decides to focus their efforts on a commercial launch of Mushroom Packaging, a sustainable alternative to EPS and other plastic foam packaging.

  • 2009: The company employees take their first team retreat, a tradition that continues today. This is a chance for the team to relax, reflect, plan, and draw inspiration from nature.

  • 2010: Mushroom Packaging begins replacing thousands of plastic foam parts for sustainability leaders like Steelcase. This packaging matches the cost and performance of existing plastic packaging parts and really wows customers.

  • 2011: Ecovative continues to sell packaging to Fortune 500's including Dell and Crate & Barrel. Mushroom Packaging wins awards for its sustainable packaging, including the Dupont Packaging Innovation Award and Greener Package's Innovator of the Year Award.

  • 2011: The World Economic Forum recognizes Ecovative as a world leader with its distinguished Tech Pioneer award.

  • 2012: Ecovative continues to grow packaging, and the team and manufacturing capacity grow. The team expands into a much larger pilot production facility as well as new offices and R&D labs.

  • 2012: Sealed Air licenses Mushroom Packaging technology for production, sale and distribution in North America.

  • 2012: Ecovative continues to win awards including the Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Quality Award. Also this year, Sir Richard Branson awards CEO Eben Bayer with his Screw Business as Usual Award.

  • 2013: Ecovative returns to its roots in building materials and grows the world's first Mushroom House with walls made of Mushroom Insulation. Ecovative continues to build industry partnerships to expand Mushroom Materials into new markets.

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Although we are not a publicly traded company and we do not have any timeline for going public, we want to make sure that you have an opportunity to invest. Our business development team regularly reviews opportunities to fund new projects and partnerships, selectively pursuing proposals that demonstrate expertise and success in existing markets. Proposals that meet these qualifications can contact projects@ecovativedesign.com.

Outside of business proposals, we're happy to offer samples and products in our webstore. By purchasing a sample of our materials or products, you'll aid in financing existing company business. In addition, we encourage you to continue championing our business and our products by sharing our mission with your own colleagues, friends, and families. A small purchase of a high quality sample can make a big impact in collectively furthering Ecovative's mission.

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