The Climate Tech Startups to Watch: June Week 1

June Week 1, 2024: 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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Cross-cutting enablers

1. Enee

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Founded: 2019 – Manchester, UK

Founders: David Smith & Duncan Jones

Elevator Pitch: enee.io enhances access to reliable and affordable energy by improving the lifespan and efficiency of energy systems. Using plug-and-play sensors, mobile phone applications, and web-based reporting, enee.io provides essential data to optimize energy usage, maintain system health, and ensure backup power reliability.

Problem they solve: Many energy systems suffer from inefficiencies and limited lifespans, leading to unreliable power supplies and higher costs. Additionally, there is a significant energy divide, with many regions lacking access to consistent and affordable energy. enee.io addresses these issues by offering advanced monitoring and optimization solutions that enhance energy system performance and reliability.

Impact: By optimizing energy usage and improving the efficiency of energy systems, enee.io contributes to reducing overall energy consumption and waste. Their technology supports the transition to renewable power by ensuring that backup power supplies are more reliable and efficient. This helps to lower carbon emissions and promotes a more sustainable energy future. Through their solutions, enee.io also helps bridge the energy divide, providing more communities with access to stable and affordable energy.

Stage: Seed.

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

Waste (water & landfills)

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Founded: 2019 – Berlin, DE

Founders: Viktoria Kanar & Revital Nadiv Zivan

Elevator Pitch: Re-Fresh Global is revolutionizing the textile industry with innovative technology that transforms textile waste into valuable raw materials. Founded by entrepreneurs Viktoria Kanar and Revital Nadiv Zivan, Re-Fresh Global offers a complete urban manufacturing solution and three groundbreaking products designed to convert textile waste into sustainable resources, driving a circular economy in textiles.

Problem They Solve: The textile industry faces a significant challenge with textile waste, which impacts industries, governments, and social sectors globally. Traditional linear textile production methods contribute to environmental degradation and resource depletion. Re-Fresh Global addresses this issue by developing technologies that upcycle textile waste into new, valuable materials, reducing waste and promoting sustainability in the textile industry.

Impact: Their Smart Textile Waste Upcycling Microfactory© offers an urban manufacturing solution that efficiently processes textile waste. Products like Re-SanPulp, Re-Thanol, and Re-Nano provide sustainable alternatives to conventional materials, lowering carbon emissions and promoting the use of recycled resources. By transforming textile waste into new raw materials, Re-Fresh Global supports a circular economy and helps mitigate one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time.

Stage: Seed.

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

GHG Capture, Use, and Storage

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Founded: 2011 – Clarens, CH

Founders: Jean-Louis Roux dit BuissonFlorent Vernet  

Elevator Pitch: NeoCarbons offers high-productivity, low-cost photobioreactors designed to recycle CO2 into green biochemicals for various industries, including food, feed, fine chemicals, and biofuels. Headquartered in Switzerland and leveraging cutting-edge research, NeoCarbons provides scalable solutions for industrial microalgae photosynthesis, promoting a sustainable and competitive decarbonation of key sectors.

Problem they solve: Current technologies for recycling CO2 into valuable biochemicals often fall short in terms of productivity and competitiveness, limiting their widespread adoption. Traditional fossil-based value chains continue to dominate, contributing to environmental degradation and high carbon emissions. NeoCarbons addresses these challenges by developing advanced photobioreactors that optimize the microalgae development cycle, enabling efficient and cost-effective CO2 recycling.

Impact: NeoCarbons’ innovative photobioreactors harness microalgae to produce bio and green chemicals with a net negative CO2 balance and minimal environmental impact. By converting CO2 into valuable biochemicals, NeoCarbons helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promotes sustainable practices across various industries. Their technology supports the transition to a circular economy, providing an eco-friendly alternative to fossil-based products and contributing to global decarbonization efforts.

Stage: Pre-Seed.

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

Energy use in Transport

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Founded: 2024 – Paris, FR

Founders: Carl-Magnus Norden, Alexandre Cleret, Mariela Atanasova, Alejandro Ortega Peniche & Casper Norden

Elevator Pitch: Decade Energy is your trusted electrification partner, offering a holistic approach to electrifying commercial urban logistics. With extensive experience from over 500 depot studies and collaborations with major fleet operators across Europe, Decade Energy provides tailored, turnkey solutions to help logistics companies transition to electric vehicles smoothly and efficiently.
 

Problem they solve: Despite the availability of technology and set targets for the energy transition, many logistics companies struggle to implement effective electrification strategies. The complexity of integrating new systems and optimizing operations presents significant challenges. Decade Energy addresses these issues by offering comprehensive solutions that consider each logistics operation’s unique requirements, ensuring a seamless transition to electric fleets.

Impact: Decade Energy plays a crucial role in reducing carbon emissions by enabling the electrification of commercial urban logistics. Their expertise helps logistics companies adopt electric vehicles, decreasing reliance on fossil fuels and minimizing greenhouse gas emissions. By facilitating this transition, Decade Energy supports the broader goal of achieving a sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation sector.

Stage: Seed

Interested in Decade Energy?
To learn more about this company, see here.

Cross-cutting enablers

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Founded: 2022 – Ness Ziona, IL

Founders: Raya Liberman-Aloni & Maya Sapir-Mir

Elevator Pitch: PoLoPo is revolutionizing protein production with their plant bio-factory technology, enabling high-scale, custom-made production of proteins in edible plants. Their first target is producing egg protein (ovalbumin) using advanced metabolic engineering to create “superAA” plants capable of generating significant amounts of free amino acids, which are then converted into high-yield protein production.

Problem they solve: Traditional protein production, particularly animal-based proteins, poses significant environmental and economic challenges, including high resource consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and ethical concerns. PoLoPo addresses these issues by leveraging the natural efficiency and sustainability of plants to produce proteins, offering a scalable and eco-friendly alternative to conventional methods.

Impact: PoLoPo’s innovative approach reduces the environmental footprint of protein production by utilizing plants as bio-factories. This method significantly lowers resource use, greenhouse gas emissions, and land requirements compared to traditional animal farming. By producing high-value proteins like ovalbumin in plants, PoLoPo supports a more sustainable and environmentally friendly food production system, contributing to global efforts to combat climate change and promote sustainability.

Stage: Pre-Seed.

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

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