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Vegan leather made from apple waste is recyclable and biodegradable; produces 85% less CO2, uses 99% less water than leather; for sustainable textiles and fashion.

Backed by €30m funding and orders from global brands, Finnish cleantech will build flagship factory to scale production of regenerated biodegradable microplastic-free textile fibers.

Biotech Bluepha has secured close to $100m Series B funding to boost bioplastics production and R&D to develop greener solutions for industrial manufacturers.

Stylish garments created using materials technology, which can expand across seven sizes and last for years, offering a sustainable alternative to the heavy-polluting fashion industry.

Compostable and edible seaweed-based packaging in a flexible product for many uses to replace polluting plastic, winning accolades from WIRED, Fortune and TIME.

Bygen’s energy-efficient process for manufacturing activated carbon helps agribusinesses turn their biomass waste into a valuable industrial commodity.

Irish alt-protein foodtech Plantruption produces nutritious fish substitutes without artificial additives, leveraging the health benefits of sustainably sourced local seaweed.

WWF-backed biotech Oceanium has developed a biorefinery that transforms seaweed into alt-proteins and compostable packaging that will soon be launched commercially.

MIT Media Lab spin-off Graviky Labs turns air pollution into carbon-negative inks with diverse applications, from industrial printing to marker pens.

TurtleTree Labs will license its technology for creating natural ingredients found in human milk to dairy and infant formula companies to produce full-composition liquid milk.

The first off-grid technology to create drinking water from the air using solar energy-powered hardware. Provides an entirely sustainable solution for droughts or contaminated supplies.  

Oimo’s bioplastic products degrade in water within a month and are compatible with existing manufacturing machinery, allowing rapid replacement of single-use plastics.  

Evonik Venture Capital is the investment arm of Evonik Industries AG, a chemicals specialty provider in Germany. The firm also has offices in the US and China.With a fund size of €250m, Evonik has made more than 30 investments since 2012. The VC mainly invests in sectors such as nutrition & care, specialty additives and smart materials. Its portfolio includes early to growth stage startups, with investments of €15m per portfolio company.

BASF Venture Capital is the investment arm of the BASF Group. Founded in 2001, the VC also has offices in Ludwigshafen, San Francisco, Boston, Austin, Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Mumbai and Tel Aviv.Global investments include stakes in young, fast-growing companies involved in agritech, chemistry, new materials, sustainability, digitalization and disruptive business models. The firm also holds shares in technology funds that target enterprises in Asia, North America and South America.

Toyota AI Ventures, the venture capital arm of the Toyota Research Institute, is a Silicon Valley-based fund investing globally in startups with cutting-edge solutions in the AI, smart-mobility, autonomy, robotics, data and cloud spaces while leveraging the global expertise and technical resources of the Toyota Group.In 2015 Toyota created the Toyota Research Institute aiming to support the research on next-generation mobility, robotics and new materials. Toyota AI Ventures was founded in 2017 with initial funding of $100m. 

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