The Climate Tech Startups to Watch: December Week 3

December Week 3, 2023: In this weekly series, we highlight 5 climate tech startups to watch by featuring the incredible startups, companies, or projects that are leading the fight against the climate crisis. 

Each month, we add these startups to our running list, which we have categorized based on fuel emission sector data from the most detailed, recent data SBC could identify from the World Resource Institute in 2016.

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Waste (water & landfills)

1. Wase


Founded: 2017 – London, UK

Founders: Dr. Thomas Fudge and William Gambier 

Elevator Pitch: Unlocking the power of wastewater.

Problem they solve: Globally, 80% of wastewater is discharged untreated into the environment. At the same time, we generate 1.6 billion tonnes of food waste per year.

Impact: Wase unlocks the power of waste to make it the fuel of the future.
They are working with manufacturers to turn their unavoidable waste into bioenergy, water for reuse and agricultural inputs. 

Stage: Seed.

Interested in Wase?
To learn more about their technology or get in touch, see here.

Waste (water & landfills)

2. Fullsoon

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Founded: 2021 – Levallois-Perret, FR

Founders: Hassan-Ali Chaudhary, Tayeba Chaudhary and Misba Chaudhary

Elevator Pitch: Fullsoon is a comprehensive solution that boosts efficiency and sustainability in the restaurant business by significantly reducing food waste.

Problem they solve: Restaurants often face challenges in predicting customer flow and meal preferences, leading to overstocking, understocking, and considerable food waste. This inefficiency not only impacts profitability but also contributes to environmental issues. Fullsoon addresses these problems by providing restaurateurs with accurate predictions and actionable insights. Their AI-powered tool helps in optimizing inventory, reducing waste, and responding effectively to market trends, thus tackling both the business and environmental challenges faced by the restaurant industry.

Impact: By enabling restaurants to accurately predict demand and manage inventory, Fullsoon plays a crucial role in drastically reducing food waste, a significant environmental concern. This efficiency not only benefits the restaurants’ bottom line but also contributes to a more sustainable food ecosystem. By minimizing waste, Fullsoon aids in conserving resources and reducing the carbon footprint associated with food production, storage, and disposal, making it a valuable tool in the pursuit of environmental responsibility in the restaurant sector.

Stage: Pre-seed.

Interested in Fullsoon?
If you are interested in learning more, see here.

Energy use in Industry and Buildings

3. Nuventura

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Founded: 2017 – Berlin, DE

Founders: Manjunath Ramesh, Nikolaus Thomale and Fabian Lemke

Elevator Pitch: Nuventura is a pioneering force in the energy sector, revolutionizing medium voltage (MV) gas insulated switchgear (GIS) with its eco-friendly technology. Their patented innovation replaces the highly potent greenhouse gas, Sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), with dry air in GIS while maintaining its compact size and efficiency. 

Problem they solve: SF6, used extensively in electrical grids and energy infrastructure, is the most potent greenhouse gas, with a significant environmental footprint. As the world shifts towards more sustainable practices, the need for an environmentally friendly alternative in switchgear technology becomes imperative. Nuventura addresses this urgent challenge by offering a groundbreaking SF6-free GIS solution. 

Impact: By replacing SF6 with dry air in GIS systems, they are directly contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the energy sector. This transition to a more sustainable alternative helps energy companies meet stringent environmental regulations and paves the way for a cleaner, more sustainable energy infrastructure. 

Stage: Series A.

Want to learn more about Nuventura?
To learn more about their technology or get in touch see here.

Energy use in Industry and Buildings

4. Verde-Technologies


Founded: 2021 – Burlington, VT, USA

Founders: Randall Headrick and Chad Miller

Elevator Pitch: Thin-film and flexible solar panels that can conform to any roof type while performing at a competitive efficiency.

Problem they solve: The adoption of solar energy has been hindered by the high costs, weight, and inflexibility of traditional silicon solar panels, limiting their applicability and scalability. Furthermore, the solar industry faces challenges with supply consistency due to geopolitical and tariff-related issues. Verde-Technologies addresses these challenges head-on, offering lightweight, flexible solar panels that are both high-performing and cost-effective. Their innovative manufacturing process overcomes previous commercialization barriers of perovskite solar panels, enabling widespread adoption and seamless integration into various environments.

Impact:  Their perovskite solar panels not only offer a cleaner energy alternative but also reduce the environmental impact associated with the production and installation of traditional solar panels. By enabling the use of existing infrastructure for panel manufacturing, Verde-Technologies minimizes waste and environmental footprint. 

Stage: Seed.

Interested in Verde-Technologies?
To learn more about this company, see here.

Cross-cutting enablers

5. geCKo Materials


Founded: 2021 – Los Gatos, CA, USA

Founder: Capella Kerst

Elevator Pitch: Bio-inspired dry adhesive to save customers energy, time, money, and factory space.

Problem they solve: Traditional adhesives often pose challenges in terms of residue, lack of reusability, strength, and environmental impact. In industries like automation and robotics, the need for efficient and residue-free adhesion is critical yet inadequately met by current solutions. geCKo Materials addresses these issues by offering a groundbreaking adhesive that combines strength, reusability, and clean removal. Their technology also aligns with sustainability goals by reducing waste and energy consumption.

Impact:  By providing an energy-efficient adhesive solution, geCKo Materials aids in reducing the overall carbon footprint of the manufacturing and commercial sectors. Their commitment to improving environmental sustainability in commercial applications marks a significant step toward greener, more sustainable industrial practices.

Stage: Seed.

Interested in geCKo Materials?
If you are interested in learning more, see here.

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