30-Nov-2021 - DECHEMA Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie e.V.

Sustainable Chemistry and Renewable Energies – Pathways to the Future

Start-ups convinced the international jury

This year’s Investor Forum 2021 took place in the frame of the very first "Global Sustainable Chemistry Week (GSCW)" hosted by the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3). A total of 170 international guests from start-ups, finance, industry, science, NGOs and politics took part in the virtual third international Investor Forum of the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3). The ISC3 Investor Forum ended with the announcement of this year’s winners of our Innovation Challenge on Renewable Energies and Sustainable Chemistry.

During the three-day expert event, the ISC3 brought together innovative sustainable chemistry and renewable energy solutions in front of distinguished international investors. Throughout this event, investors had the opportunity to interact firsthand with our sustainable chemistry Start-ups and engage in in-depth conversations about their solutions. Additionally, the ISC3 presented diverse panels in the topics of new and alternative business models; regulation and reporting in connection with chemical-related restrictions and the role of sustainable chemistry in the energy transition and ways forward and concluded the ISC3 Innovation Challenge 2020/2021 with the award ceremony.

The ISC3 Investor Forum ended with the announcement of this year’s winners of our Innovation Challenge on Renewable Energies and Sustainable Chemistry. The ISC3 Innovation Challenge aims to engage, award and promote sustainable chemistry innovators and their original solutions.

The following start-ups convinced the international jury and stakeholders across the board as part of the ISC3 Innovation Challenge 2020/2021:

The main winner of the ISC3 Innovation Award in Sustainable Chemistry and Renewable Energy, endowed with €15,000, was the Estonian start-up UpCatalyst. The start-up produces sustainable carbon nanomaterials from CO2 and waste biomass for a vast range of applications from battery technologies to biomedicine.

The Nigerian start-up Shobab Energy won the innovation prize in the awarded category "Best Regional Impact", endowed with €5,000. Ms Tosin George, Founder of Shobab Energy, is positioning to deliver sustainable, reliable, and affordable electrification best fit for off-grid communities via a hybrid system using biomass resources and Solar PV technology.

And the Kenyan start-up LeafyLife not only won the hearts of the audience on the third conference day, but also the Innovation Challenge Award 2020/2021 in the category "Best Social Impact", endowed with €5,000. LeafyLife recycles waste diapers and sanitary pads into a fuel gel that emits 76% less carbon dioxide, no carbon monoxide, and no smoke or soot. and thus provides clean fuel for safer and healthier African homes while cleaning the environment and mitigating climate change.

The call for applications for the next Innovation Challenge that focusses on finding and awarding solutions from the field of “Sustainable Chemistry and Waste: Prevention, Valorization & Management” will start in January 2022.

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    UP Catalyst

    UP Catalyst uses molten salt carbon capture and electrochemical transformation method to reprocess CO2 and produce valuable carbonaceous nanomaterials that can be used in a wide range of applications. more