Startup success stories
Imperial has world-class expertise in designing and operating initiatives in the climate change entrepreneurial arena and over the past decade it has produced more startups in the area than any other UK university. Find out more about the businesses that have taken part in our program of support.
Meet our entrepreneurs
NOTPLA: technology for sustainable packaging
Founded in 2013 by Rodrigo Gonzalez and Pierre Paslier, NOTPLA (formerly Skipping Rocks Lab) have developed an alternative to single-use plastic in food and drink packaging. Ooho is a flexible, 100 per cent biodegradable container made from seaweed. The business ultimately aims to help stop up to one billion plastic bottles reaching the ocean every year and eliminate the 300 million kilograms of carbon emissions that their manufacture creates. NOTPLA’s journey to growth has included becoming one of the most viewed videos on youtube, raising over £400,000 of funding for their product in two days on crowdcube, and supplying Glastonbury, Selfridges, Just Eat and the London Marathon with their packaging. Find out more about their edible water bottles.
H2GO Power: technology for energy storage
H2GO Power was founded in 2014 by Dr Enass Abo-Hamed, who was recently named as one of Vogue’s 25 most influential women in Britain (September 2019 issue). The company is developing a hydrogen energy storage technology based around a cheap, polymeric nanomaterial. H2GO’s hydrogen production and storage system is designed to store excess energy from renewable energy production at significantly lower cost. They have collaborated with Arcola Energy in the development of their prototype demonstrator.
Ichthion: Cutting-edge technologies tackle ocean plastic
Ichthion (formerly Remora Marine), co-founded by Inty Grønneberg and Robert Rouse, is developing cutting-edge technologies tackle the problem of ocean plastic. Their solution is to create innovative technologies that suck in plastic from rivers, coastal areas and oceans before it can enter the marine ecosystem. The systems are designed to integrate seamlessly into existing infrastructure, and would generate the energy they need to extract the plastic debris using the flow of water passing through their turbines. In 2018, Inty was named Latin America Inventor of the Year by MIT Technology Review.
Econic Technologies: technology to make use of waste CO
Founded by Professor Charlotte Williams, Econic Technologies uses a new catalyst to turn waste carbon dioxide into positive economic and environmental potential. Production costs of everyday plastics from petrochemicals are overwhelmingly dominated by raw materials. Typically, these raw material costs account for 80 per cent or more of the total cost. Econic’s tunable catalyst allows manufacturers to use waste carbon dioxide, avoiding the cost of petrochemical emissions and removing the carbon dioxide of other manufacturing processes. The company has attracted significant private and public investment and is growing strongly from its new base in Manchester.
Naked Energy: technology for solar solutions
Founded by Christophe Williams and Nicholas Simmons, Naked Energy has developed a more efficient form of solar power. virtuPVT has a unique design that allows 80 per cent of the sun’s energy to be converted into heat and power – 20 percent to electricity and 60 per cent heat. The technology has been demonstrated on commercial buildings and used to desalinate water. Naked Energy has a manufacturing partnership with Jabil and a delivery partnership with Anthesis.