We are excited to announce a new cohort of 32 UK climate tech and cleantech companies selected for our second Net Zero programme.
Emerging trends this year saw an increase in companies developing carbon removal solutions, sustainable supply chains and using satellite and space technology for environmental monitoring.
Almost two-thirds of the companies in the diverse cohort are headquartered outside of London, and 41% have a female founder.
The Net Zero growth programme launched in September 2020 is the very first in the world to focus on sustainable companies that are helping the UK work towards achieving its goal to be net zero by 2050. Net Zero 2.0 is supported by headline partners BNP Paribas and programme partner Sage.
Over the course of the six-month programme, the investment received by the Net Zero 1.0 cohort increased from £87.8 million to £131.2 million, while the average headcount per company increased by 50%.
This year’s successful companies were assessed by 40 judges across key industries. These included climate specialists, investors and senior representatives from companies such as Google, National Grid, Sky Ocean, Bulb and B Corp, including Hayden Wood, CEO and Founder at Bulb, Marta Krupinska, Head of Google for Startups UK, and Pippa Gawley, Founder & Director of Zero Carbon Capital.
Companies were judged based on their scalability and potential to help the UK reach its high-priority net zero goal. Twenty-two of the companies (69%) are planning to expand to international markets in the next 12 months, demonstrating significant growth potential for their sustainable technologies.
“Achieving net zero emissions may seem like an insurmountable challenge, but the reality is that many of the solutions required already exist — they just need to be supported and scaled,” commented judge Mahima Sukhdev, head of product strategy at GIST Impact and senior advisor to Xynteo. “This is why the Net-Zero accelerator is so pivotal.”
Meet the cohort below or explore by sector:
Agriculture & food systems
Founders: Fotis Fotiadis and Miha Pipan
Better Origin develop and operate insect bioconversion solutions that allow farmers and food producers to turn food and agricultural wastes into valuable nutrients through insects. The company’s goal is to democratise access to insect farming so that any farmer can access insect waste repurposing possibilities, in turn helping reduce the footprint of agriculture.
Founders: Antony Yousefian and Ben Bardsley
Bx Technologies fuses technology with nature to transform how we grow food. The company is breaking new ground to digitalise and change the way we produce food through Software as a Service (SaaS) operational tools on farms and creating a market incentive to change practices. Two products tackle the supply and demand of independently verified, data backed, fully transparent carbon offsets and ecosystem service provision from food production; LOOOP & Earth Exchange.
Founder: Sumanta Talukdar
Gardin’s remote sensing technology aims to empower food producers by monitoring and delivering insights on plant health versus the growth environment to reduce waste and make growing food more sustainable. Gardin’s full-stack solution is engineered to measure plant crop physiological traits such as photosynthetic activity, biotic and abiotic stress and nutritional density. It will also drive correlations between the physiology of the plants/crops and the growth environment so producers can make meaningful interventions exactly when needed.
Buildings & cities
Founders: Hamish McMichael and Daniel Tipping
Ambue gives people information and advice to use energy more efficiently in their homes, by creating a unique Digital Twin of each home which is used to analyse the energy use and automatically generate technical documents, so that contractors can carry out the work. Our users save energy, which means they save money, put less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and help combat global warming.
Founders: Anthony Baker, Tobias Reinicke, and Simon Tucker
Satellite Vu will monitor the temperature of any structure on the planet in near real-time to determine valuable insights into economic activity, energy efficiency and carbon footprint. The high-resolution infrared dataset will enable better business decisions and accelerate our journey to net zero. Satellite Vu brings a new category of satellite data to solve our global challenges.
Founders: Brittany Harris and Jade Cohen
Qflow enables developers and construction teams to better manage their materials and waste. Using a unique combination of artificial Iintelligence and machine learning, Qflow automates the digitisation of material tickets and waste transfer notes as they enter construction sites, independent of supply chain systems. Qflow provides direct access to critical information on site, ensuring quality and safety of products.
Founders: Natasha Boulding, Phil Buckley, and Scott Bush
Sphera is an award-winning speciality materials start-up focusing on low carbon, next generation construction material alternatives for the race to Net Zero. Their products include the world’s first carbon zero and carbon negative concrete blocks, and admixtures to accelerate concrete curing rate and decrease cement content. These innovations help to simultaneously tackle climate change and plastic pollution.
Data analytics & business intelligence
Founders: Genevieve Patenaude, Sam Fleming, and Iain Woodhouse
Earth Blox is a code-free, cloud-based, Lego-like SaaS that allows up-skilling of global teams in planetary scale satellite intelligence. Users can DIY their own Earth Observation Solutions using Earth Blox’s modular blocks to rapidly identify illegal activities like deforestation and mining, monitor a supply chain, manage post-disaster recovery and support nature-based solutions. Earth Blox enables anyone, anywhere to customise their own satellite intelligence to exactly suit their needs.
Founders: George Sandilands, Ciaran Wood, and Mike Chatziapostolou
Spherics is a cloud-based platform to help businesses measure, mitigate and manage their climate impact. The system integrates with established software packages and tracks and visualises the client’s carbon footprint in near real-time. It then makes custom suggestions on how to reduce the impact by matching company data trends with climate science research, to offset any unavoidable carbon emissions.
Founders: Michelle You and Aaron Randall
Supercritical helps businesses get to net zero by measuring their carbon footprint and selling them high quality carbon removal offsets.
Founders: Shiran Zeng, Wing Chan, and Mary Wang
Sourceful is an end-to-end sourcing and supply chain platform focused on sustainability. With Sourceful, businesses can source, configure and design sustainable packaging from a network of vetted suppliers and automate their inventory replenishment. They can also leverage Sourceful’s proprietary life cycle assessment tool to understand the impact of product decisions in real-time and offset their carbon footprint to achieve net zero.
Founders: Rupert Cruise and Phillip Davies
Magway is an all-electric, zero-emissions, low-footprint, high-capacity delivery system. It has the capacity to take up to 90% of online delivery vehicles off our roads, drastically reducing congestion, pollution and the carbon footprint of shopping online. Magway can deliver the equivalent of 20,000 40ft container loads through each 1m diameter pipe per week, giving people what they want, when they want it, efficiently and sustainably.
Carbon removal & offsetting
Founders: David Izikowitz and Jia Li
Carbon Infinity is developing a cost-effective, modular technology called direct air capture (DAC), removing carbon dioxide directly from the air in the atmosphere. Advanced carbon-capture sorbent material and module design, combined with waste heat or renewable energy and water, can be used to form the building blocks of the industrial economy; whether non-petrochemicals, plastics, synthetic fuels for aviation or shipping, and atmospheric carbon-enriched products (concrete, carbon nanotubes). Carbon Infinity is initially focused on facilitating the de-fossilisation of hard-to-decarbonise sectors.
Founders: Jain Abhinav and Phil Worthington
PowerMarket is digitalising and consolidating the entire life-cycle for enterprise solar assets, saving customers over 90% of their time and resources by providing an alternative solution to the current management which is riddled with long, expensive, fragmented and manually driven processes and software tools.
Energy & electricity
Founders: Sabrina Malpede, Donald MacVicar, and Alessandro Rosiello
ACT Blade’s vision is to produce the next generation of wind turbine blades for a net-zero future. The company is developing a lightweight and modular blade using sustainable and cost-effective processes and materials capable of delivering a step-change increase in energy production and reduction in costs.
Founders: Dan Williams and Josh Eadie
measurable.energy’s platform aims to eliminate all wasted energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from buildings, automatically and without any extra burden to occupants. The m.e platform focuses on Small Power, sometimes known as Plug Load power, which can account for up to 40% of a commercial buildings’ energy consumption and has no useful management system. The m.e Pplatform is designed to fit into this management gap, reducing total energy costs and GHG emissions by up to 50%, providing around a 4-year payback, and boosting occupant sustainability behaviour.
Founders: Michael Gibson and Dr William Maden
Miralis Data develops products that support the transition to zero-carbon vehicles and make companies more productive and efficient through better use of their vehicle fleets and the goods that travel on them. Miralis’ main product is Fuuse, an electric vehicle charge point management platform that enables organisations to deliver more for their drivers, minimise operational costs and create new revenues.
Founders: Robert Edwards and Michael Reid
Solar Polar has developed solar cooling that delivers the cheapest Watt of cooling. The system is designed to manufactured in the developing world and provides cooling for refrigeration and air-conditioning without any electricity or gas, using only natural refrigerants.
Founders: Alex Schlicke, David Shields, Jim O’Donnell, and Rosie McGlynn
ZUoS is an energy services platform to plan and operate a decarbonised energy system. ZUoS provides the ability to predict, schedule and control flexible demand at the local level in homes and businesses. By focusing locally, ZUos provides visibility and control enabling more renewables, low carbon heating and EV charging to be installed within each community.
Founder: Sarrah Merrick
Ripple enables people and businesses to part-own large scale wind farms and have the low cost, green electricity they produce supplied to them via the grid through utility partners. Ripple is the UK’s first clean energy ownership platform, making fractional wind farm ownership and supply simple and affordable. The mission is to make clean energy ownership affordable and accessible to everyone.
Founder: Joanna Parker-Swift
Solivus’ mission is to enable mega-buildings, homes and communities to lower their carbon footprint and generate their own local green energy through a suite of solar solutions. The company uses new organic thin-film solar technology to design products that are opening up vast new markets previously unavailable to traditional solar, both in the UK and internationally. Solivus makes a positive difference by creating truly sustainable, clean energy products, made using the latest innovations in renewable energy. One of Solivus’ solar fabrics, which is manufactured by Heliatek, won the 2020 Innovation Award at the World Energy Summit.
Founders: Allister Furey and Samuel Gill
Sylvera considers itself the equivalent of Moody’s credit ratings for carbon offsets. The company uses machine learning and satellite data to rate nature based offset projects. The market reference data produced is being adopted by the biggest buyers, traders and exchanges.
Founders: Will Smith and Peter Kirby
Tred is a consumer fintech whose mission is to make money work for people and the planet. Its first product is the UK’s first green debit card that lets users track, reduce and offset their carbon footprint as they spend, and plants trees with profits. The company will soon be launching more products, like green investing and a sustainable marketplace, to help people turn more of their money green.
Founders: Jack Reid and Adam Glen
Unicorn Biotechnologies is developing a fully automated manufacturing platform to enable cellular agriculture producers to seamlessly scale products from the lab bench to supermarket shelves. The full stack platform combines hardware, software and analytics to completely automate cellular agriculture manufacturing, reducing costs and increasing product quality. By providing a clear path to take cellular agriculture products to industrial scales, the company aims to drive the transition to animal free agriculture.
Founders: Marc Rodríguez Garcia and Simon Hombersley
Xampla makes a replacement for specific microplastics and single use film packaging, targeting three launch applications with a patented, next generation material: plant protein. Xampla aims to become one of a handful of biobased majors by 2040, supplying plant-protein and other related materials to the major plastics customers.
Founders: Andrew Woods and Roy Douglas
CATAGEN is a clean air data company providing emissions testing services to the world’s leading car and motorcycle brands. It uses a proprietary toolset to help these brands meet or exceed global emissions standards. Using this knowledge and data, CATAGEN is developing PED, a new product which mines the unique data and uses models to create a software technology platform to inform individuals about their emissions footprint to create behaviour change.
Founders: Adam Barmby, Leigh Barmby, Nigel Gordon-Stewart and Richard Prosser
EAV are the leading provider of last-mile transport solutions specifically designed for our evolving urban environments – making them zero-emission, low cost, reliable and future-proof.
Founders: Niall Riddell, André Pinho, and Amelia Riddell
Paua makes public electric vehicle charging a simple experience with a mobile app for drivers to find, charge and pay for charging through aggregating chargepoint providers and drivers. Businesses are supported with a centralised billing function and a fleet managers dashboard.
Founders: Michael Lowe, Andrew Sucis, and Nikolai Tauber
Sunswap is developing hardware and software to accelerate the decarbonisation of transport refrigeration. Sunswap’s battery- and solar-powered transport refrigeration unit (TRU) replaces dirty and loosely regulated diesel incumbents currently used by supermarkets and other refrigerated fleet operators.
Founders: Hanson Cheng, Hugo Richardson, Siobhan Anderson, and Deepak Mallya
The Tyre Collective is a cleantech company building innovative solutions to save our air from tyre wear. Tyre wear is the second-largest microplastic pollutant in our oceans and a stealthy source of air PM pollution. The company is spearheading the capture and monitoring of tyre wear, accelerating the shift towards zero-emission mobility.
Founder: Freddie Talberg
EMSOL deploys leading-edge air pollution monitoring in conjunction with state-of-the-art, real-time vehicle tracking technology. By intelligently combining these datasets, EMSOL can, with unparalleled accuracy levels, identify exactly the who, what, where and when of pollution. This allows EMSOL customers to evolve from passive ‘observers’ into proactive climate heroes and achieve their net-zero goals.
Founders: Kyle Grant and Tom de Wilton
Oxwash offer sustainable, on-demand laundry and dry cleaning services to both B2B and B2C market segments. Oxwash is a tech company at heart, with an in-house team of developers building a scalable solution to power the international laundry revolution.