Focus Field: Net-Zero

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Accelerating the Decarbonization of Global Supply Chains

The majority of CO2 emission reductions through the next 10 years will come from technologies that are on the market today, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). However, by 2050, almost half of the reductions will come from solutions that are currently in the prototyping phase.

At TechFounders, we want to accelerate solutions that can challenge the status quo and can bring us closer to the targets of carbon neutrality. Within our net zero ecosystem, we have the goal to create partnerships that can test, build, validate, and bring new early-stage innovations to scale.

We believe that the need for rapid reductions of greenhouse gas emissions will require us to change our perspective from not only improvements in existing systems but towards transformative system changes. From our perspective, this involves bridging gaps between stakeholders from complementary industries in order to really support the development of 1.5 degree solutions.

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Focus Technologies & Innovations

Advanced Materials

Materials that can replace emissions-intensive materials with more sustainable ones


Technologies transforming the hydrogen economy e.g., Hydrogen Storage & Transport, Stationary Fuel Cells and Fuel Cell Vehicles

Carbon Capture

Emission reduction technologies that can be applied across the industries

Circular Economy

Solutions that enable businesses to measure and improve their circular performance and impact

Clean Energy

Innovative renewable energy sources and storage e.g., sustainable biofuel or decentralized energy systems

AgTech & Food Production

Solutions and technologies that can increase the profitability and sustainability of agricultural systems and enterprises

Our References



Building the Future of Aviation Together

Explore H2 program by Safran is set to identify and collaborate with entrepreneurs around the world who are developing cutting-edge technologies that promote decarbonizing of the aviation industry. TechFounders scouted start-ups and innovators globally in fitting innovation areas for the program: Managing Hydrogen Flow within a fuel-cell-based propulsive system, Hydrogen as a Coolant within a Propulsive System, and Prognostics & Adaptive Maintenance for Fuel Cells.
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HP Tech Ventures

Tackling Today’s Most Pressing Challenges

By collaborating with promising tech startups through TechFounders, HP Tech Ventures accelerates its new incubation businesses that are disrupting large industries with solutions enabled by breakthrough HP technology, like 3D printing.


Accelerating Transformation Towards a More Sustainable Economy

As TechFounders Corporate Partner, Wieland aspires to collaborate with startups that are developing carbon capture solutions that can substantially support reaching the company’s 2045 net-zero goals.

Start-ups that collaborated with HP Tech Ventures through TechFounders

with a focus on sustainable innovations



Changing the Way Clothing Is Created

Simplifyber offers unique new sustainable advanced manufacturing for the fashion industry using proprietary, bio-based material. Through cellulose-based material and ground-breaking molding processes, the start-up is transforming the world’s $1.5 trillion apparel industry and centuries-old factory system into sustainable, additive manufacturing.
Simplifyber's website


From People, to Plants, to People

growPack develops biomaterials that connect plants and people by using circular and regenerative technologies around lignin and cellulose. Their biomaterial is similar to cardboard, but with greater functionality. The material is suitable for microwave, oven, and freezer, and is resistant up to 36 hours in contact with liquids.
growpack's website
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Eco-friendly Packaging, with Celluloses from Non-wood Crops

Plannalto has developed molded pulp packaging which is 100% recyclable and biodegradable. The amount of paper Plannalto recycles is the equivalent of preserving more than 1.5 million trees per year. The relatively low costs of manufacturing packaging from recyclable raw materials directly reflect the reduction in costs incurred by the customer due to reduced eco-tax rates.
Plannalto's website

More of our Net-Zero Portfolio Start-ups

Sustainability Playbooks

Learn how to leverage sustainability for your business with our Sustainability Guide for Start-ups and Venture Capital. The Playbooks are conducted together with the sustainability consultancy akzente and UVC Partners.

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Net-Zero: Publications

Take a look at our publications and articles on topics related to the health of the planet and societies.

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Innovations to Tackle the Grand Challenges in Climate Change – a Climate-Tech Start-up Landscape

Take a look at our map of climate technology startups to see some of the revolutionizing innovations that have been developed in recent years to fight global warming.
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Carbon Offsetting – what businesses need to know when aiming for net zero

While supporters consider carbon offsetting as an important tool to reach net zero, critics argue that it can have counterintuitive effects on global warming. This article provides insights about offset providers and their offset projects enabling companies to choose a meaningful compensation strategy.
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Startups offer concrete solutions to enormous sustainability challenges

What actions should entrepreneurs take right from the beginning to build any business in a socially, economically, and environmentally responsible way?
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Interested in hearing more?

Contact Sylvia for more information about our Net-Zero focused services and collaborations!

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Sylvia Stojilkovic

Managing Partner