Financing of Chemistry Start-Ups – experiences and examples from four HTGF portfolio companies


17-Feb-2022 | 11:00 - 12:00| Online

Financing of Chemistry Start-Ups – Experiences and examples from four HTGF portfolio companies

Financing new sustainable solutions is crucial, but unfortunately financing of start-ups in the field of chemistry (and or material science) is considered extremely difficult. Multiple levels of scale up, long time to market and high amounts of capital investment in production hardware “scare off” a lot of investors. Over the past 15 years, HTGF has invested in several “chemistry start-ups” and has now built a portfolio of promising examples to encourage even more investments in this field.

In this session we would like to share the examples of four very different HTGF portfolio companies in different fields of technologies, applications and development stages.

Bind-X is an industrial biotechnology company with core expertise in the development, production and sales of innovative bio-based binders. The Bind-Tech technology platform is capable of solidify almost any permeable material while integrating additional functional properties. -

Lignopure is providing taylor-made lignin products as sustainable, bio-based performance additives for various application, e.g. in the cosmetics or the construction industry:

Intelligent Fluids is designing innovative high performance cleaning fluids for industrial application. These intelligent fluids® are based on a groundbreaking, patented technology that combines gentle ingredients to create highly dynamic phase fluids tailored to specific needs:

Ineratec provides modular chemical plants for Power-to-X and Gas-to-Liquid applications and supplies sustainable fuels and products. Hydrogen from renewable electricity and greenhouse gases like CO2 are converted into e-kerosene, CO2-neutral gasoline, clean Diesel or synthetic waxes, methanol or SNG:

After a short introduction of these companies, we will discuss their growth experiences, common challenges in the company development and financing.


Dr. Nikolaus Raupp
High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH, Germany

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