Start-up Pitches: GEC Innovation Award Textile
Presented by Sebastian Gronwald, Co-founder & CFO, Global Entrepreneurship Center GEC, Germany
5 of 10 pre-finalists for the GEC Innovation Award Textile are at the Pitch-deck Session
The Global Entrepreneurship Centre’s (GEC) mandate is to increase the number of successful start-ups that scale and reach commercial success. The GEC supports transformative companies that focus on Sustainable Technologies (SusTech) for achieving circularity, the global climate targets of the Paris Accord and the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. The GEC supports and brings to the market the world’s best SusTech entrepreneurs through a unique 360° scale-up service and thus craft the economy of the future.
To identify innovation champions with transformative potential in the textile sector, the GEC will award the innovation prize in the following areas:
- Material and/or product innovation,
- Process and logistics innovation,
- Recycling innovation,
- Business model innovation.
The pre-finalist start-ups
AltMat is a material science company that plugs the gap between waste of today and materials of tomorrow. One of its key material, Altag, is a rich natural materials upcycled from agro-residue of food crops. Altag lies at a confluence of Sustainable + Inclusive + Performing. Backed by regenerative ecosystem and circular technologies, the company stands for holistic positive impact that is Feasible + Viable + Scalable.
Shika Shah firstname.lastname@example.org
eekual bionic is a disruptive startup in the apparel space. Our first product is a perfectly fitting sneaker sold via app. Our beta system is operational and eekuals can be purchased in closed beta now. The sneaker is minimal in its construction. Silicone is used for the sole and leather for the upper. Production is done locally in micro factories of 40 sm and less.
William Lyons email@example.com
Material Exchange is a technology company that drives innovation and revolution in the sourcing materials process. Our digital Marketplace makes buyer and supplier transactions more efficient, transparent and cost-effective while also supporting responsible and sustainable materials sourcing.
Katie Syk firstname.lastname@example.org
PILI is the leading company developing biobased dyes and pigments. Its unique fermentation and sustainable chemistry processes enable the production of high performance and environmentally friendly colors.
Its technology has the potential to get rid of petroleum and polluting chemicals involved in the production of colors in textile, plastic, paint and ink sectors.
Founded in 2015, PILI is based at Toulouse White Biotechnology (TWB) and at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) in Paris. The team now consists of thirty people, the company has invested over €10 million since its creation thanks to public and private investors such as BPI France, SOSV, Elaia, seasoned entrepreneurs and many individual investors.
Jérémie Blache email@example.comJérémie
Thullex is digitalizing quality control for the apparel industry, with focus on the periphery of hardware to data.
Hannes Thull firstname.lastname@example.org