• We accelerate science and technology-based solutions to the most pressing environmental and social challenges

  • Our Mission

    Foster early-stage startups offering science and technology-based solutions for environmental and social issues
    in Austin's innovation ecosystem

    Tarmac TX is a founding member of the Circular Economy Global Network, the world's first network of startup accelerators focusing on the circular economy.

    Why we do what we do

    Austin, Texas has become an increasingly robust tech hub, enjoying the emergence of exciting new startups. Additionally, with a focus on the circular economy and zero waste, the city creates exciting expansion opportunities for the local recycling and reuse sector to attract, retain, and grow businesses, non-profits, and entrepreneurs in the zero waste industry in order to create well-paying local jobs, attract investment, and support the necessary infrastructure for a resilient circular economy in Central Texas.


    Tarmac TX believes that science and technology can more effectively address our fast-growing community's biggest environmental and social issues. But we also know first-hand that such challenges cannot be solved by one person alone. Social entrepreneurs need the right support to fulfil their mission.

    What we do

    Tarmac TX equips environmental and social entrepreneurs with the necessary skill sets and connections, and helps them access funding to reach their intended impact. Going through Tarmac TX, social entrepreneurs refine their offering, test their solution in the marketplace, cultivate relationships with the right partners, mentors, and investors to grow their venture and thus maximize their social and/or environmental impact.

  • Our Program

    Tarmac TX is an equity-free, 3-month online acceleration program based in Austin, Texas. A powerful partnership between San Francisco-based nonprofit organization INCO US and St Paul, Minnesota-based 3M Company, Tarmac TX enables talented entrepreneurs to grow and amplify their impact through:

    Classes & Workshops

    Tailored classes & workshops to acquire the skills you need


    One-on-one mentorship to get guidance and feedback

    Networking & Events

    Access to a local network & events to gain visibility (note, the virtual program will impact event activities)



    Access to our global network of partner accelerators in 35 countries

    The Circular Economy Global Network

    Access to a network of circular economy accelerators in 11 countries

  • Who Is Tarmac TX For?

    The Tarmac TX program is made for you if all three of these elements apply to your business:

    Early-stage startup

    Your team moved beyond the idea phase, engaged / is in the process of engaging with potential customers to build a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) which, ideally, already has some traction to prove your business model's sustainability.

    Science or technology-based solution

    You are developing / using / offering a science or technology-based product or service: software, app, online platform, cloud-based solution, hardware, wearable, IoT solution, and many more.

    Environmental / social impact

    Your startup aims at creating a positive impact on society and/or the environment by serving / empowering an underserved area and/or population, conserving natural resources, improving healthcare or education, etc.

  • Our 2019 Edition

    Here is the impact of our fourth edition:


    applications received


    social ventures supported


    lives impacted


    3M mentors


    hours of classes


    startup satisfaction


    networking opportunities


    community showcase events