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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.

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.

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