Marble, the new DeepTech startup studio dedicated to the climate sector

US$ 32.3 billion. This is the value of venture capital investments made in ClimateTech startups since January 2021, according to a report published by London & Partners and Dealroom. Since the Paris Agreement in 2016, global investments in the sector have increased fivefold. The report states that Europe would be the continent with the highest growth in this area, since investment in ClimateTech would be seven times greater than in 2016, rising from 1.1 to 8 billion dollars raised by companies. European startups would also have managed to attract a growing share of global capital, accounting for 28% of investments in 2021, thanks in particular to the record fundraising like that of the Back Market of 276 million euros in May 2021.

While these numbers are encouraging, the latest IPCC report It is clear: there is an urgent need to accelerate efforts to decarbonize the global economy to slow global warming. It is in this perspective that Marble, a new startup studio, aims to accelerate the development of technologies and solutions necessary for so-called “difficult to decarbonize” sectors. Based in Paris, this new structure was created by French Benjamin Tincq, an engineer and entrepreneur specializing in ClimateTech and former manager of the Good Tech Lab agency, and British Jonny Everett, former mentor and manager of the Entrepreneur First program.

Commit to acting quickly

To bring breakthrough innovations and tackle complex climate challenges, Marble teams up with hybrid profiles of engineers, researchers and entrepreneurs. The startup’s studio intends to address topics as diverse as the decarbonization of the chemical industry through bioproduction, capturing CO2 in the atmosphere with minimal energy cost or the exploitation of agricultural soils in arid environments.

The framework is funded by an international panel of climate and DeepTech investors, including the Grantham Foundation, a prestigious American CleanTech fund, David Helgason, founder of Unity Technologies, and Alexis Angot, co-founder of Ynsect. During the nine-month programs, climate solutions founders can benefit from technical and industry expertise, operational support from business and science teams, mentorship, and optimized sourcing from co-founders.

In addition, Marble invests 250,000 euros in pre-seeding the projects that seem most promising. ” Entrepreneurship is the fastest way to have global impact. But I’ve met so many researchers who want to tackle the climate emergency but don’t know where to start.explains Jonny Everett, in a press release. We designed Marble to be that starting point, go much faster and avoid traps. »

4 startups already in creation

Marble already has four startups in development, whose projects are as follows:

  • Steven Bardey, PhD in Materials Physics and Chemistry at the University of Strasbourg, is working on a solution for the intelligent integration of CO2 capture and recycling to decarbonize chemical feedstocks with high energy efficiency;
  • Jerome Unidad, a scientist working on a new way to produce low-carbon fuels on a large scale;
  • Amandine Cadiau, PhD in materials science, focuses on developing a new generation of energy-efficient CO2 capture solutions;
  • Mechanical engineering expert Paul Hervé is developing a seawater misting project in arid coastal regions to create stable microclimates, terraform new farmland and fresh urban areas.

The startup studio is, in fact, already in the process of recruiting the future founders of its next projects, and the applications in the Founder in Resistance program are open. Ultimately, Marble’s goal is to help catch up with Europe in creating ClimateTech spin-outs compared to the United States, in order to position the continent as a leader in climate innovation. A goal that the European Commissioner for Innovation and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, told us at the end of January 2022 to share. For this, Marble even quantifies its ambition: the structure aims, through its innovations, to eliminate ” at least one billion tons of CO2 “.

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