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Insights April 26, 2022

BIORESTORE is out to revolutionize the way we consume fashion

Fashion production makes up 10% of humanity’s carbon emissions[1] and the production has doubled in the last 15 years. Simultaneously, the time clothing is worn before it is thrown away has fallen by around 40% [2].

The founders of Sting company BIORESTORE, one of five winners of the 2022 Global Change Awards by H&M Foundation, took on the challenge to address this critical world problem.

We spoke to co-founder Wajahat Hussain to hear more about the innovation that could revolutionize the way we consume fashion.

Congratulations on being one of five winners of the Global Change Awards Wajahat, that’s an amazing achievement! Now we’re curious to hear about BIORESTORE. What is it that you are doing?

BIORESTORE Is a product that restores old and worn-out clothes back to new in a single wash. The product is a powder that you put in the washing machine together with your worn garments, wash them at 40 degrees, and voilá, you have a practically new piece of clothing. The colors are refreshed, pilling is removed, the fabric feels tighter and softer, and prints look like new. Each treatment lasts for months!

That sounds amazing. Can you tell us a little bit about the sustainability challenges this is solving?

A lot of research within the sustainable textile field is focusing on recycling fabrics and garments. That is all good, but if you can prolong the life of clothes that are already produced, the impact will be much bigger. This can reduce carbon footprint by at least 50% [3].

Sounds like magic to me. How did you come up with the idea?

It may sound like magic, but it’s really just bioscience. As a textile engineer, I had worked in the fashion industry for 10 years before I started my master’s degree at the Swedish School of Textiles. Being the oldest student in my class, I came with experiences from having worked with a lot of different factories around the world, with fabrics, materials, and chemistry.

All research at that time was focused on questions like ‘how do we recycle textiles’, but I thought that they were missing a step. I was thinking ‘what if we could prolong the life of the garments instead of just throwing them away, or recycling them, as soon as it looks a bit worn?’

I started looking into different technologies, formulated a hypothesis, experimented a bit, and eventually had a technological breakthrough. I spent some more time converting the technology to something a consumer could use in their washing machine at home. The idea of BIORESTORE has always been to empower consumers to be able to prolong the lives of their garments and reduce waste.

How did you make the decision to start a company? How was that process?

As I mentioned, I had been working in the fashion industry for quite some time. For example, I spent three years setting up a sustainable innovation department at Gant. This is where I met Richard, my co-founder, and Creative Director. Our shared passion for sustainable fashion during lunch discussions clicked. One of the learnings was that the adoption of technology and solutions is extremely slow and most deep technologies never make it out to consumers. So, we understood that if we wanted to make this successful, we needed to make sure the product reaches the consumers. We wanted control of our direction which is not always possible if you depend on partnerships. From there it was easy to take the decision to form a company.  

How has the entrepreneurial journey been for you?

Entrepreneurship came very naturally to me. I enjoy it. There are some pros and cons, obviously, you can’t rely on a regular paycheck. On the other hand, you can do what you want, and you can make an impact much faster than you, in my experience, could if you work for someone else.

What has the biggest challenge been, putting your innovation on the market?

Initially, it was very hard to convince people that it really worked. In today’s world of photoshop, filters, and scams, a photo is not enough to build trust. Before the pandemic, we carried around fabric samples so that people could see the results with their own eyes. When we weren’t able to meet in person anymore, we started to distribute a huge number of product samples to people who could use them and then give us testimonials. We joined Sting in 2020 and by the time we graduated, we had over 100 testimonials from people who had used the product. That made it easier for new customers and partners to trust that this wasn’t a scam.

We also partnered up with a fellow Sting company, ‘Hack your closet’. They rent out garments and have a need for restoring some of the things that are starting to look a bit worn. This gave us some further recognition. And not it’s this Global Change Award, which is a real game-changer. People finally believe that this is real.

How was your time at Sting Incubate?  

Without Sting we wouldn’t have reached as far as we have today. We are not local entrepreneurs, I moved to Sweden in 2014 and my co-founder is from the UK, so it was hard for us to know where to start. Building a consumer brand requires quite a lot of skills, network, initial investments and Sting has opened many doors for us. With the help of our Sting coaches, we feel that we could make the right decisions. We ended up raising around 2.25 MSEK, which wouldn’t have been possible without Sting.  

What drives you to move forward?

Our ambition is to make BIORESTORE a global market leader when it comes to clothing restoration. We want this brand to be a household name so that people always think of restoring clothes before buying a new one. Looking at all the responses we get, we are convinced that we are on track with this mission.

Clothes are not only something we put on our bodies, but people also have many memories and emotions attached to their favorite piece of clothes. For example, I met a guy at the gym who was working out in an old Jack Daniels t-shirt. I asked him why and he told me that before he became a successful hotel owner, he worked as a bartender, and this shirt was a fond memory from that time in his life. I could see that it was totally worn so it felt good to be able to offer him to restore it.

This is just one of many stories. There is a big human element to it in addition to all the sustainability data that we can show off.  

What advice do you have to a founder in the Sustaintech area, looking to make an impact?

My strong advice to Sustaintech developers is to believe in what they’re doing. And also, to keep a healthy balance when it comes to sustainability activism and economy since finance and sustainability are closely linked together. Many times, when passionate people build their ventures, they forget that they also must generate revenues in order to get that amazing product or service out to the world.

Where can I buy the product?
We just launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter where you can pre-order your BIORESTORE products and have them delivered in August-September. After this, the product should be regularly available on our website and other marketplaces. Many thanks for your time Wajahat and good luck with the Kickstarter campaign!



[3] The mistra future fashion

NEWS March 24, 2021

ihopa launches new sharing service in collaboration with Husqvarna

At Easter, the roll-out of “Grannboxen” begins, a new sharing service where neighbours are offered to subscribe to access to a packed tool cabinet that is in one of the members yard. For the first phase, homeowners in Stockholm County who want to test this new circular concept and can lend space on their lot for the box are welcome to sign up.

The team behind ihopa

From March 30, the Grannboxes will be exhibited in ten neighbourhoods around Stockholm. The box, which is filled with electric and battery-powered garden tools from Husqvarna and Gardena, as well as some household appliances, will be on the lot of one of the homeowners. For a fixed monthly fee (from SEK 99 per month), nearby neighbours can get access to all products without having to store, own or worry about maintenance.

– We know that people want to share, provided it is simple and easily accessible. With “Grannboxen”, only a few steps outside your own lot are required, and the convenience makes it attractive to share rare-use products, says Johannes Dahlberg, founder of Ihopa.

About the box

“Grannboxen” measures 1 m deep and 1.8 m wide and needs a connection to electricity to be able to charge the battery tools. Ihopa is responsible for maintenance and the hope is that it can be possible to engage experienced members for simpler procedures. Access to the box is given via a digital lock.

The tools are booked through a digital calendar. All boxes contain electric or battery-powered products such as high-pressure washing, battery-powered chainsaws, hedge trimmers, trimmers, blowers and protective equipment such as saw trousers, goggles, saw gloves and boots with saw protection. Add to that gutter cleaner, pruning shears, saw and secateurs with telescopic shaft etc. In addition, each neighbourhood can choose to add 5 products from a selection.

– We want to increase the pace of the number of sustainable solutions. This is one of several circular experiments where we try to increase the utilization rate of tools and at the same time solve the storage problem that is commonplace for many in metropolitan areas. It will also be interesting to learn if sharing can have a positive social effect, says Margaretha Finnstedt, Director Husqvarna Innovation Lab.

Registration of interest

Registration of interest to participate in the pilot is made at The neighbourhoods that show the best attendance are assigned to the boxes. The registration period is open until April 6.

Sustaintech March 15, 2021

A look back & a look ahead at Startup Climate Action

A month after the third edition of Sweden Sustaintech Venture Day took place, we continue to be impressed daily by the impact sustaintech startups and scaleups are making. Here are some of the take-aways from the event and a look ahead on the updated Startup Climate Action Map.

Click here to get to the updated Startup Climate Action Map

Sweden Sustaintech Venture Day (SSVD), on February 11th, featured many distinguished keynote speakers, who shared their knowledge and insights with 32 carefully selected pitching companies, 4 investors panels and close to 600 event attendees. Here are the top learnings:

  • Niclas Holmberg, Nasdaq:
    There are more companies now than ever before that plan to go public. Of all companies in line to make their IPO at Nasdaq Stockholm, about 30% are from the sustaintech sector.
  • Robert Andrén, Swedish Energy Agency:
    With the success of the companies pitching at event, there is a potential to save 1 Gton CO2e, which corresponds to 18 times Sweden’s emissions.
  • Richard Youngman, Cleantech Group:
    2020 was a pivotal year that showed a continued increase of invested capital into the sustaintech sector, Q4 was record-breaking. The hottest areas are agritech, foodtech, energy and power, materials and chemicals, resources, environmental, transportation and logistics, and carbon sequestration.
    • Europe and Israel taken together are the biggest in terms of invested capital.
    • Consumers around the world are more committed than ever before and this represents the Green Recovery.
  • Daniel Mes, Green Deal, EU:
    Sweden, which has always been very conscious of the environment, has proved that the more sustainable you are the more money you will make. The cost of climate actions is there – but the cost of no action is even higher.
  • Dr Angela Wilkinson, World Energy Council:
    There will be a disruption in the demand for how energy is used – consumers will want demand-driven solutions. There is a need for acceleration of new energy ecosystems. In the World Energy Trilemma index – the three top positions are held by Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark. The question is now how can the Third World develop and still phase out the fossil energy? The answer is; by carbon neutrality and energy management.
  • Andreas Kuhlmann, DENA:
    It is important to showcase technology-based solutions for politicians, so they know what is possible. Startups should integrate different sectors to enable the transition. Universities play an important role. The EU must follow the Paris accord – the sooner we do it, the more competitive our industry will be.  

Yet again, SSVD provided qualified information about the sector from the investors’ perspective. It identified trends, breakthrough technologies, and the mega-companies of tomorrow. SSVD constitutes the largest meeting place for the sector’s investors and entrepreneurs in the Nordics and has contributed to promoting Sweden and Swedish successful sustaintech solutions internationally.

To celebrate all the entrepreneurs that continue to solve our biggest sustainability challenges, we have updated our Startup Climate Action Map with even more startups and updated challenges.

Here you can find the most recent version of the Startup Climate Action Map.

Sustaintech March 1, 2021

Enerpoly awarded 3.8 MSEK development grant by Swedish Energy Agency

Enerpoly, a battery technology company, together with Polarium, Uppsala University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, has received a grant of 3.8 million SEK from the Swedish Energy Agency for technical development. The end goal is to strengthen Sweden’s competitiveness in battery technologies through expertise, innovation and systems thinking.

Renewable power generation is expected to dominate the electricity grid by 2030. Stationary energy storage must increase at least 17 times to support the performance, stability, and reliability of a grid powered by renewables. The primary barrier to 100 percent sustainable energy is the high costs of energy storage.

Enerpoly has developed an affordable, safe, rechargeable zinc-ion battery technology made of available and inexpensive materials with a well-established recycling infrastructure. Enerpoly’s cost-efficient energy storage solution can meet the 2030 global cost targets today by saving on cell component costs and manufacturing processes, while addressing critical aspects regarding safety, environmental footprint, and scalability.

We are thrilled to initiate this project funded by the Swedish Energy Agency together with Polarium, KTH and Uppsala University. The project group consists of experts from both academia and the industry to stimulate continuous development of rechargeable zinc-ion batteries. This cooperation will pave the way for new innovations and add great value to demonstrate cost-efficient, safe and sustainable energy storage solutions.

Mylad Chamoun, Co-founder and CTO at Enerpoly

This project will take advantage of accumulated expertise on producing and scaling up zinc-ion battery technology within the project group and make this technology ready for commercialization. The project aims to stimulate research and development of rechargeable zinc-ion battery technology, and strengthen Sweden’s competitiveness in battery technologies through expertise, innovation and systems thinking.

About Enerpoly

Founded in 2018, Enerpoly is a next generation energy storage technology company pioneering the rechargeable zinc-ion battery chemistry. Enerpoly innovates in battery components, production methods and designs, and employs agile research and development techniques to rapidly deliver batteries that are suitable for grid, industrial, commercial, and residential uses.  Enerpoly envisions enabling sustainable energy on a global scale by delivering safe, environmentally friendly, and affordable energy storage innovations.

Sustaintech December 1, 2020

Loved by conscious brands, yayloh reduces online returns by 50%

yayloh is a post-purchase and return management SaaS platform which collects and analyses data in real time for online retailers. With the information, the platform helps brands lower returns by up to 50 percent.

Sophie Aubard, cofounder and CEO, yayloh

yayloh is also designed to help retailers own their brand post-purchase, build trust through swift refunds and branded notifications, and develop a direct relationship with their customers – all which make for a memorable and distinctive buyer experience.

One of yayloh’s customers, the retail store Grandpa, could, after only two weeks of sales of a new pair of sneakers, detect that 50 percent of the orders were being returned, highly driven by “too small” as the reason. It allowed the brand to quickly change the product description online, which resulted in returns decreasing by half. 

The same result is being observed at the online retailer Eytys.

– Collecting customer feedback has never been so easy and it is extremely valuable to our production team and will allow them to improve product descriptions and more for our coming collections, says Louise Reznik, e-commerce Manager at Eytys.

yayloh was founded with a fundamentally new vision for what can be achieved when it comes to returns. The company offers an efficient way to gather the feedback retailers need to reduce their returns, increase customer satisfaction and, consequently, drive long-term loyalty and profitability. 

– Online sales are booming! And I strongly believe that most customers who are buying online just want the right product in the right size. Brands that will focus on serving their customers perfectly well and turning them into die-hard fans will be the most profitable and emerge as winners, says Sophie Aubard, founder and CEO of yayloh.

By lowering returns, yayloh helps brands move closer to their sustainability goals. But what’s more, by offering a fuss-free in-store return experience with yayloh, brands can engage and encourage their customers to walk to the store and further reduce CO2 emissions by not sending it back by mail. 

In the retail industry today, with a heavy focus on sustainability coupled with a strong growth of e-commerce, yayloh sees a strong interest from retailers who want to build a strong brand online with sustainability as a core value.

– We see that our product is the preferred option for brands who care deeply about customer experience and sustainability and we are gaining traction in this category. We just signed with Barkalot, a new, exciting dog accessories brand selling exclusively products made from vegan leather or recycled plastic bottles. We are also working with the first 100% vegan children’s brand in Europe, Babymocs”, Sophie Aubard. 

In addition to Sweden, the platform is also gaining customers in other European markets like Norway, Italy and France, where yayloh will for example implement the solution at a leading DNVB, digitally native vertical brand, with a turnover of SEK 80 million online in January 2021, showing the potential of the platform to scale outside of Sweden from day 1.

yayloh is a next-generation post-purchase and return management SaaS platform. The platform is beautifully designed, easy to use for retailers and customers, and extremely easy to integrate. It increases customer satisfaction, helps customer service teams process returns faster and better, and offers first-hand data insights to reduce returns. The two co-founders, Sophie Aubard and Nikhil Shikarkhane, combine solid backgrounds within retail and data science. The company is backed by Antler VC, Propel Capital and Sting.

Sustaintech November 25, 2020

Evolar secures strategic funding

Evolar, which increases a solar panel’s power yield by 25 percent, are partnering with Magnora ASA, a leading investment company in renewable energy.

The raised capital will be spent to scale the processes in Evolars high throughput R&D tools and prototype line in Uppsala, Sweden, and thereby bringing their technology to the market in the near future.

Evolar has developed a unique technology, based on the material perovskite, which adds 25 percent power to conventional silicon-based solar panels, which have soon reached their full performance potential. Together with the company Solibro, Evolar has achieved several world records in its niche.

Their PV-Power Booster solution to improve the efficiency of solar panels consists of coating the inside of the cover glass that a conventional solar panel has with a solar cell layer of perovskite to create a so-called tandem solar cell. This solution is expected to increase the efficiency of the solar module by 5 percentage points, i.e. from about 20 to about 25 percent. Such an increase would have a huge impact on the solar energy market, as it dramatically improves the economy for both end users and solar panel manufacturers.

Evolar is from Uppsala. They have recently acquired a facility there that is unique and ready for use, comprising both laboratory equipment and a prototype line on an industrial scale.

The company plans to collaborate with several leading players to test and scale up the technology in order to quickly benefit from the giant solar cell market.

Sustaintech November 25, 2020

Swedish Startup Climate Action Map 0.1 – who’s missing?

Entrepreneurial ecosystems thrive when people are connected and working together. With this map of climate startups we want to highlight the already many startups working hard to create change and solve our many climate challenges.

Sting has worked with numerous companies within this space and we are dedicated to taking climate action. We also believe that Sweden has a unique position to act. We are an innovative country, the country of “tech unicorns” and world-renowned climate activists and leaders.

View & download the full map here

The map, however, also shows the gaps and the need for new innovative solutions to secure a safe and better life on our planet for many generations to come.

To complete the Startup Climate Action Map we need your help!

Who are we missing? Are you a founder or know of a startup that should be on this map? Helps us expand the general knowledge of the climate startup ecosystem and make it more inclusive, cohesive, and collaborative.

Nominate a startup to be included on the Swedish Startup Climate Action Map by filling out the form below.

Sustaintech November 24, 2020

Skrym wins Test Drive Climate Action and a spot in Sting’s climate accelerator

Yesterday, the Startup Climate Action initiative concluded with the finale in the Test Drive program. Nineteen startup teams pitched their business ideas to an experienced jury of investors and climate experts. Skrym, which solves a fundamental problem in eCommerce – getting rid of the air in packages, won and secured a place in Sting’s new accelerator focusing on climate change.

During four evening workshops, 19 companies with climate solutions ranging from green transport, sustainable materials, circular economy and energy efficiency have further developed and validated their business ideas. The teams were selected among 52 ideas in the Startup Climate Action’s Deep Dive phase.

Skrym, the winner of Test Drive Climate Action, combines different sources of underutilized data to solve a fundamental problem in eCommerce – getting rid of the air in packages, while cutting both costs and emissions.

– It feels great to have received this confirmation and trust in our business model, and by joining the Sting Accelerate Climate Action program we hope to scale our impact rapidly. We need to invest in sustainability and resource efficiency solutions in areas that lack the hype of new energy solutions or next-generation vehicles, for example. No one starts selling online because they want to think about logistics and packaging, so there are plenty of opportunities to help the e-commerce sector become more sustainable – and we look forward to driving that change.

Jakob Nordfeldt and Emelie Bergström, who pitched for Skrym

Skrym was selected as winner by the following jury consisting of experienced investors and climate experts:

  • Karin Edström, Investment Manager, Almi Invest Greentech
  • Agate Freimane, General Partner, Norrsken VC
  • Maria Ljungberg, CEO, Propel Capital
  • Magnus Rehn, Business Coach, Sting
  • Jane Walerud, Partner, Walerud Ventures
  • Prof. Henrik Österblom, Science Director, Stockholm Resilience Center

The jury’s motivation read: “With a scalable solution ready to go, simple and straight forward approach, and high rankings in business and market potential with a true climate impact, Skrym is addressing an industry in big need of innovative ideas and solutions.”

The jury also rewarded two runners-up with a direct invitation to the pitch finals for the Sting Accelerate Climate Action program; Retrofit, which is making the transition to emission-free electric motorcycles more affordable and sustainable for developing countries, and Cling Systems that enables traceable and safe electric vehicle battery recycling.

Additionally, the aucience voted and selected Penaka Solar as the winner of the “People’s Choice” award. Penaka Solar combines three sustainable business domains: agriculture, solar and water into an efficient, mutually profitable module, all on the same piece of land, in a way that has never been done before.

Test Drive Climate Action has been a collaboration between Sting and Norrsken Foundation. During the workshops, the teams have learned about and been coached in sales, pitching, financing and business development. Additionally, they have gained insights and inspiration from successful climate action companies such as Midsummer, CaCharge and CorPower Ocean.

– It has been an incredible Test Drive program with so many exciting ideas. All the teams impressed us and did a fantastic job at the final event as well as throughout the program. It has also been encouraging to see so many people and organizations supporting Startup Climate Action from the launch in June to the Test Drive grand finale, and also to see all these new impact startups being formed and starting their journeys, which indicates a clear need for initiatives like this.

Henna Keränen, program manager, Test Drive Climate Action

Applications are currently open for the new program Sting Accelerate Climate Action. It is the first time that Sting launches a thematic accelerator. This spring, six startups that focus on climate change will during the new Accelerate program get access to sector-specific business coaches and mentors, and a number of climate action-oriented activities and resources.

Read more and apply

Applications close on December 1.

Sustaintech November 10, 2020

Sting launches new Climate Action accelerator

For the first time, Sting is starting a thematic accelerator program. This spring, six startups that focus on one of the greatest challenges our planet is facing – climate change – will during the new Accelerate program get access to sector-specific business coaches and mentors, and a number of climate action-oriented activities and resources.

The new program, Sting Accelerate Climate Action, combines Sting’s award-winning accelerator program, the successful Startup Climate Action initiative, Sting’s industry knowledge and network, and a possible 500,000 SEK investment from Propel Capital.

“Sting offers one of Europe’s best support ecosystems for entrepreneurs and we know that we make a real difference by helping accelerate new promising startups. With Sting Accelerate Climate Action we want to take a next big step and show our commitment to do what we can to contribute to a better future on our planet.”

Karin Ruiz, Business Coach, Startup Climate Action Lead and Deputy CEO of Sting

Inspired by SDG 13 Climate Action, the challenge-driven Startup Climate Action initiative was launched in June 2020, when 13 leading Swedish Climate Champions presented 13 Climate Challenges that need to be solved to fight climate change. Sting Accelerate Climate Action is the last step of the Startup Climate Action initiative.

“Innovation is an essential part of dealing with climate change and entrepreneurs are best at commercializing new ideas. We are now looking for the most promising teams that bring innovative and scalable solutions to the 13 Climate Challenges.”

Henna Keränen, Communications Lead for Sting Accelerate Climate Action and Head of Partnerships and Community at Sting.

Six carefully selected startups will be accepted to join the first batch of the program that will run for four months from February to June 2021. The six teams will get access to everything Sting offers in its award-winning Accelerate program, and on top of that sector-specific business coaches and mentors, and a number of climate action specific activities and resources.

Sting has extensive experience from coaching sustaintech and climate impact startups, many of which have become household names in Sweden and around the world, such as Midsummer, Ignitia, Sellpy, Karma, Surfcleaner, Beleco and Worldfavor.

Sting Accelerate Climate Action
Application deadline: 1 December 2020
Program start: 8 February 2021
Learn more and apply

Sustaintech October 7, 2020

20 teams selected to Test Drive Climate Action

Startup Climate Action is now continuing to its third phase, “Test Drive Climate Action”, with 20 carefully selected teams that are developing solutions to 13 different climate challenges.

The Startup Climate Action initative by Sting and Norrsken is a challenge-driven initiative that was launched in June 2020 consisting of four phases, aiming to accelerate the creation and growth of new innovative startups that help fight climate change. 

The first phase, “Ideation” attracted more than 1000 signups from 72 countries. Together, they formed close to 200 startup teams from which 52 got selected to the second phase, “Deep Dive”. After an intensive month of refining their business ideas, 49 of the 52 teams applied to the third phase, “Test Drive”. 

A jury consisting of representatives from Sting and Norrsken and selected Climate Champions has now chosen 20 of the 49 teams to join Test Drive Climate Action, a pre-incubator program where the participants will focus on testing and validating their business ideas. Twelve of the selected startups have hardware solutions and 17 of the teams are mixed gender, with 35% of the all team members being women. 

The fourth and final phase of the Startup Climate Action initiative, a Climate Accelerator run by Sting, will start in February 2021. Seven of the startups that applied to Test Drive will be invited directly to the pitch-finals for the Climate Accelerator.

“The original intention was to choose 13 startups for the Test Drive program – one for each for the 13 challenges. But the quality of the applications was really impressive and the jury had a very hard time choosing, so we ended up selecting 20 startups for the Test Drive program and seven startups that we will welcome directly to the pitch-finals for the Climate Accelerator.”, says Karin Ruiz, Deputy CEO of Sting and Startup Climate Action Lead. 

Sting has extensive experience from running Test Drive programs in a number of verticals. But this is the first time with a dedicated Climate Action Test Drive program, run in collaboration with Norrsken, and delivered in a hybrid physical and online format to enable participants from outside Stockholm and Sweden. 

“We are so excited to start the Test Drive together with these amazing teams. The fact that 49 out of 52 teams, with more than 200 team members from 20 countries, wanted to continue with us to the Test Drive – and that 85% of the teams are mixed gender – gives clear proof that this kind of challenge driven approach to attract individuals is working. “ says Henna Keränen, Program Manager and Communications Lead of Startup Climate Action.

These are the 20 teams that have been selected to Test Drive Climate Action and the 13 challenges they are addressing

Challenge #1 – Green & Clean Transport

Retrofit (IN) is making transition to emission-free electric motorcycles more affordable and sustainable for developing countries like India where two-wheelers are a major mode of transport, by retrofitting with an in-house developed ingenious ‘e-wheel’. 

Skrym (SE) combines different sources of underutilized data to solve a fundamental problem in eCommerce – getting rid of the air in packages, cutting both costs and emissions.

Challenge #2: AI for the Planet

LongYields (SE) is unlocking advanced agricultural planning for 540 million small farmers, and providing financial forecast data that make loans possible, that can enable growth, ultimately decreasing eutrophication and greenhouse gas emissions. 

Challenge #3 – Sustainable Materials

GREENer Materials (SE) is producing bio-elastomer from birch bark that will replace fossil fuel-derived rubbers in many applications. 

Planboo (SE) is capturing carbon with bamboo, the fastest growing plant. Engaging and educating businesses to reach Net Zero transparently and affordably, whilst empowering communities in the Global South. 

Challenge #4 – Energy Efficiency

Platypus (SE) With the Platypus AC-to-DC electricity conversion device, we are reinventing the efficiency of in-building distribution, delivering 5-10% reduction in electricity consumption, with no behavioural changes needed by the end user.

Challenge #5 – Resource Efficiency & Circular Economy

Another Closet (SE) is helping clothing companies to reduce emissions and waste by giving them the data and insights needed to move into the clothing rental market and profitably scale their rental service. 

Challenge #6 – Recycling & Reduced Waste

Cling Systems (SE) is a logistics company and a marketplace platform that enables traceable and safe electric vehicle battery recycling. We get the right battery to the right place. One box. One market. Infinite loops. 

Challenge #7 – Reduced Carbon Emissions

Bluemethane (NL) will develop methane capturing technologies allowing hydro-power companies to generate up to 8% more energy from their current infrastructure while protecting the environment.

Cando (SE) is a social shopping app inspiring better choices by making consumers aware of their carbon impact. We are changing the game by helping consumers build sustainable habits.

Challenge #8 – Energy Storage & Integrated Energy Systems

Animaeh (SE) is helping humanity become sustainable by solving the need for renewable energy by local green Hydrogen production.

Challenge #9 – Carbon Capture & Storage 

Direct Air Capture (SE) is building a market platform – to launch and iterate with customers and our network of partners within direct air capturing.

EKEN Forestry Financing (SE) is a readily available, rapidly scalable, profitable, natural carbon capture solution with the potential to store billions of tons of CO2e in European and North American forests.

Challenge #10 – The Human Ocean

The Grapheneers (SE) is transforming the boating industry through TechAiLos – our 3D-printed, fully customizable boat hull made of smart, sustainable material empowered by an AI platform ensuring sustainability throughout a boat’s lifecycle. 

ReShore (NL) is challenging marine infrastructure to be environmentally sustainable instead of environmentally destructive; thereby contributing to rebuilding ecosystems, protecting coastlines and ensuring food security.

Challenge #11 – Renewable & Clean Energy

MbeguSolar (SE) is a platform connecting people with solar energy using a novel self-financing mechanism in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

SDK-Marine OTWENS (ES) is a wave energy solution to decarbonize electricity generation along coastal areas and insular territories helping them achieve energetic independence with no use of land, scalable, practical and effective. 

Challenge #12 – Green Buildings & Sustainable Cities

Build up Nepal Engineering AB (SE/NP) provides machines and training to driven entrepreneurs and rural communities, empowering them to produce climate-friendly bricks and build safe, affordable houses at scale. 

Challenge #13 – The Future of Food

FROOT (SE) is Karma for household food: a cool, human-centered platform built around tracking, inspiring, and repurposing food and food waste into new resources by tapping into the power of community. 

Penaka Solar’s (SE) technology is combining three wide sustainable business domains: Agriculture, Solar, Water into an efficient, mutually profitable module, all on the same piece of land, in a way never done before.