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VEnvirotech consists of: a) biotechnology comprising organic waste-consuming bacteria that produce raw bioplastic and b) a circular economy waste management service using the VE-Box. This is a smart organic waste container for corporates in which conversion from waste to bioplastic occurs in an optimized, automated environment controlled from the cloud. 

Oimo are formulators of different compositions of bioplastics that mimic the mechanical properties of different single-use plastics and biodegrade naturally in less than one month. It uses 100% organic materials, including seaweed, to produce pellets compatible with plastic manufacturers’ equipment as well as near-transparent film and can holders. 

Rheaply’s Asset Exchange Manager (AxM) is a B2B reuse marketplace for equipment and services for the circular economy and a Cloud-based asset catalog with admin dashboards providing data insights. AxM facilitates lending, donation, swaps or sales prioritizing localized transactions automatically and promotes in-company use with monetary rewards for employees.  

Protein powder, with 80% protein content, is produced via fermentation of methane-eating bacteria derived from natural gas and food waste. Easily mixed with animal feed producing an extremely low carbon footprint and no harmful waste. Raw materials like methane and food waste are low cost and readily available.

B2B collect-to-recycle service incorporating blockchain to ensure that 98% of the waste are recycled. The materials are resold/reused as part of a circular economy model.AI-enhanced dashboards enable users to manage and analyze waste services to improve outcomes.Online marketplace for selling and buying pre-owned items like home appliances.

Natural powder ingredients that have multiple applications as natural coloring and flavoring in the clean-label sector as well as nutraceuticals. Provides recipes for the use of food powder in catering and private food sectors. Raw materials obtained from fresh produce discarded throughout the food supply chains.

Nutrinsect produces 100% organic, pure cricket protein flour with a 70% protein content. It is suitable for use in animal feed, and, when legislation permits, as a viable, neutral-tasting protein for human use. The circular production process also delivers a 100% natural fertilizer suitable for all horticultural uses.

Commander, Pulsar and Copper are different models of domestic and commercial chargers for electric and hybrid vehicles. Charging times for batteries are reduced by 10 times. The Smart Charging System automatically charges the vehicle during periods when electricity prices are lower. Each device is controlled by a smartphone app.

Spain's first social impact investment fund Creas Foundation invests in business projects which prioritize the creation of social and environmental value. It acts as an investor and partner in financial, management and strategic decisions. Its goal is to facilitate access to funding and accelerate growth of social businesses which have an innovative approach and sustainable income model. It has fixed a target of €30m to invest in social enterprise startups. The fund offers participatory loans or capital injections ranging from €5,000 to €25,000.

Mustard Seed MAZE is a Lisbon-based VC firm that invests in early-stage startups, primarily in social impact enterprises. Endowed with €40m, the VC has invested in projects dealing with food wastage, human trafficking, postnatal depression and general healthcare.So far, it has managed one exit, with the majority of its portfolio of 20 companies based in Europe. Recent investment rounds include $3m seed funding for Portuguese mesh network tech HypeLabs, €1.15m seed round for Spanish fintech StudentFinance and $12m Series B round for UK-based food waste app Winnow.

Capital V is a French rural-based investor that only invests in solutions that facilitate sustained behavioral change and eliminate the consumption of animal products. Its investments range from €10,000 to €1m and currently has 20 startups in its portfolio, mainly plant-based meat makers.In 2020, it announced its participation in Pitch & Plant 2020, the global investment competition by Vevolution for plant-based and animal-free startups, offering £100,000 to finalists. Among its recent investments are participation in the extended 2020 seed round of THIS, a UK-based plant-based meat startup that has raised over £6m to date and, in August 2020, in vegan confectionary manufacturer, Livia’s that has raised over £1m so far.

Founded in 2018, Oslo-based Katapult Ocean is the first investor focused entirely on oceantech and related startups. The VC also operates a three-month accelerator and has invested in 32 startups from 17 countries worldwide.The VC typically invests at the seed or pre-seed level but in July 2020 it completed its first Series A round of $8.5m investment in Chilean social enterprise Betterfly. Other recent investments include the pre-seed rounds of US foodtech GreenCover and Dutch offshore solar tech SolarDuck.

Closed Loop Ventures is an early-stage investment fund focused on the development of the circular economy.

Beyond Investing is a Geneva-based firm investing in early-stage venture capital and equity growth startups mainly in European developed markets. With average investments of €200,000, the firm’s core investment strategy focuses on sustainability with an investment period lasting 5–10 years.The impact investor targets innovative startups involved in vegan, cruelty-free and plant-based alternatives; biotechnologies, foodtech, new materials, clothing and lifestyle sectors. Successful portfolio foodtechs include Mosa Meat, BlueNalu and Shiok Meats.With a team of vegan finance professionals in the US and Europe, Beyond Investing listed the first US Vegan Climate ETF (VEGN) on the New York Stock Exchange in September 2019. The ETF tracks Beyond Investing’s US Vegan Climate Index which covers an index of 495 of the largest-capitalization companies in the US stock market. The ethical investment option aims to exclude stocks in companies with activities that are not aligned with its vegan-themed, cruelty-free and fossil-fuel-free investing ethos.

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