10/13 - Trending Startups
Low carbon construction products, optimizing transportation assets, and zinc-air batteries.
This week I’m excited to share with you many exciting startups! But first…
New opportunities for startups —
LACI E-Bike Share PILOT RFP: LACI is seeking proposals to collaboratively design and implement an e-bike share pilot at the Housing Authority of the City of LA's Rancho San Pedro development. Apply by October 29.
Argonne National Laboratory’s Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) Program: Apply by October 31st for a 2-year Fellowship program that provides $220k in non-dilutive funding plus a salary with benefits for clean energy and science based innovators who are fighting climate change with revolutionary technologies.
Before we dig into this week’s startups, today’s newsletter was sponsored by VertueLab!
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Summaries are provided by startups
Criaterra's patent-awarded construction products are innovative low carbon solutions for nearly zero-energy buildings (NZEB). Criaterra’s construction materials are designed for high performance and introduce circular economy solutions in construction, with a technology that reduces energy consumption in manufacturing by 90%, and provides 600% thermal insulation.
Criaterra's manufacturing process reduces temperatures from as high as 1600 degrees to less than 100 degrees Celsius. This is achieved through a complete redesign of the production process, eliminating the need for kiln firing, a process that makes traditional manufacturing of blocks and tiles highly pollutive and energy intensive.
Tandem is building the world’s most flexible transport solution. Tandem’s tech-enabled partnerships with local taxi, minibus and coach providers offer a uniquely flexible alternative, especially outside of big cities - these locations are underserved by good transport options, but which represent more than 50% of the population.
On track to achieve circa £1m GMV in 2021, representing 10x YoY growth
Leading client portfolio, serving destinations like Primark and Royal Mail sites, and the University of Warwick
80% of clients using Tandem across multiple locations
Average end-passenger uses Tandem 25 times a month
They are now raising a seed round with a target close of mid-November.
AZA Battery has developed a zinc-air battery with a pasted zinc electrode that is cheaper, safer, and greener than lithium or lead acid for many stationary and mobility applications. AZA Battery’s main innovations have been technical--our main lab has run non-stop for over a decade. Patient capital and sustained, focused research has allowed our scientific team to make significant (and actually what we think is world-changing) progress on a battery with a bill of materials cost of less than $15/kWh that can be built with a manufacturing process far simpler than what is required for lithium battery production. We're now building a pilot production line in Belgium, expanding our research lab, deepening our relationships with potential customers, raising series A equity financing, and are on track to receive non-dilutive subsidies.
Stage: Series A
Satgana: Applications are rolling
Shell Startup Engine: Applications are rolling
IndieBio: Applications are rolling
Activate Fellowship: Pre-apply for The Activate Fellowship
Climate Change AI Innovation Grants: Applications are due by Oct 15th
Breakthrough Energy Catalyst: Applications are due by Oct 20th
Carbonless Asia Challenge: Applications are due by Oct 23rd
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