With the 2020 AdMaCom program well underway, we wanted to dedicate the next 2 Founder Fridays to our start up finalists. These teams have gone through a very thorough and competitive evaluation process as well as a record number of applications.
The 2020 AdMaCom program began this past Monday, October 5th 2020. The startups have been going through workshops, training and mentoring sessions and they still have 1 more week to go. Their journeys will conclude with a Livestreamed Demo Day which is open for registrations now.
Here are 6 of our teams you will see at the Demo Day (stay tuned next week for the other teams!):
Avisa Myko | San Francisco, California, USA | https://www.avisamyko.com/
About the startup: Avisa Myko has developed a fermentation technology to produce Melanin at 4000 times lower cost. Melanin is a Multifunctional Super Material with UV Blocking, Radiation blocking, electrical and semiconductor properties. Their current focus is on selling Melanin for cosmetics and Industrial applications for UV and Gamma radiation blocking applications.
What's new and innovative?: They have the first commercial melanin technology in the world to produce melanin at scale and low cost.
Bloom Biorenewables | Lausanne, Switzerland | http://bloombiorenewables.com
About the startup: Bloom reveals the hidden value of biomass to provide renewable energy and materials in markets such as fragrances, materials, plastics or textiles. They offer products which are both sustainable and cost competitive.
What's new and innovative?: Bloom Biorenewables has developed a unique method to efficiently harvest plant materials (wood or agricultural wastes) to manufacture materials and chemical building blocks with unprecedented efficiency. These molecules are specifically designed for tomorrow's sustainable products, such as plastics, packaging, food additives or cosmetics. Overall, Bloom provides renewable energy and materials which substitute petro-derived unsustainable products.
CerAMing | Berlin, Germany | https://www.ceraming.de
About the startup: Project CerAMing is developing a new patented 3D-printing technology for ceramics to an industry Level. The company shall produce parts out of alumina, zirconia and Silicon carbide for Industry customers. These are the most widely used advanced technical ceramics.
What's new and innovative?: The Technology is developed for the needs of ceramics so it can outperform other existing 3D-printing technologies for ceramics. Compared to the other processes the final parts can be cheaper, have higher quality and have shorter lead times.
DiviGas | Singapore, Singapore | https://www.divigas.co
About the startup: DiviGas has invented proprietary polymers materials to make a new hydrogen membrane, a nano-molecular filter, that allows for much of $15 billion's worth of hydrogen lost every year at petrochemical plants to be re-used. We are currently shipping pilots, and are fundraising $2m to execute at the industrial scale on ~$25m of LOIs in our pipeline.
What's new and innovative?: Regarding the membrane material modification and manufacturing process for polymeric membrane - They have dramatically upped the resistance factor for the conditions that a hydrogen separation membrane can withstand. Specifically heat, acidity, and heavy hydrocarbons, which today require extensive pre-treatment and processing costs that we eliminate.
Light and Charge Solutions | Charlotte, North Carolina, USA | https://www.lightcharges.com
About the startup: Light and Charge Solutions is producing materials for the active layers of the organic electronic devices to improve device stability, efficiency, and lifetime. Their materials will enable rapid, and lower cost manufacturing of the devices on a large scale. Their new technology will assist in improving device quality, open new revenue streams for manufacturers, and provide a solution that does not employ scarce elements .
What's new and innovative?: Light and Charge Solutions has a unique patent pending platform of materials that can be employed in variety of devices due to accessible customization. The materials were inspired by materials that have been successfully used, but they exclude the need for scarce materials. The organic materials that They are developing allow improvement in thermal, moisture and overall chemical stability in comparison to many other organic materials in the space.
Lusoco | Eindhoven, the Netherlands | https://www.lusoco.com
About the startup: Lusoco creates sustainable illuminated signage using energy harvesting glass. When you walk in the street at night, it can't escape you: illuminated signage is part of the street scene. With an estimate of 173,000 of these advertisements in the Netherlands alone, this application consumes as much energy as ~75.000 inhabitants. Lusoco offers illuminated signage that is climate neutral and off-grid.
What's new and innovative?: Lusoco is the first company using inkjet printing technologies to create Luminescent Solar Concentrator (LSC) technology. The LSC originates from the 60s as a polymer plate with fluorescent dyes inside. However, by printing images that generate energy, the technology can be extended to a wider field of applications than only energy harvesting.