10 super promising startups from Croatia to watch in 2023!

Nestled at the crossroads of central and southeast Europe, Croatia is a country made famous for its crystal waters, beautiful architecture, and rich cultural history. The Balkan state joined the European Union in 2013 and has developed a strong entrepreneurial spirit in recent years. The diverse nation has a lot to offer to visitors – aside from stunning nature, heritage

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Stockholm-based Candela sets sail with €18.7 million to unlock sustainable waterborne transport

Swedish startup Candela has raised about €18.7 million ($20 million) to create a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly form of waterborne transport. The company now plans to bring its passenger ferry to mass production.  The way we move from A to B is changing. New sustainability-led solutions and options are coming to the market, helping keep the continent moving with fewer

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To infinity and beyond: 10 European spacetech startups shaping life on earth

For years, outer space exploration has captured our curiosity and imagination. But it’s remained very distant to most of us – one could only dream of being an astronaut or a scientist… Things have changed though, and quickly. In 2023, space technologies are rapidly evolving and there’s been an explosion of business opportunities here on Earth. Spacetech is the next

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Creating food from agricultural and wood sidestreams? Estonian startup ÄIO lands €1 million to make it happen

Tallinn-based ÄIO has just secured €1 million to create alternative oils and fats, that are edible, developed from agricultural and wood industry sidestreams, and make for a more sustainable food system.  Our current food system needs to change. It’s simply no longer sustainable to continue eating the way to do, cultivating food the way to do and perceiving food the

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Building change in the construction industry | An interview with Neeral Shah, Founder of YardLink

The construction industry is fundamental to society. It literally shapes how we interact with one another, how businesses grow, and how we live and move. However, it’s an industry overwhelmingly associated with delays, spiralling budgets and old-school manual processes. Contractors tend to still use outdated communication channels, with pen, paper and phone calls continuing to be the main way of

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Munich-based tado° scoops up €43 million to make Europe more energy efficient

On track to scale into profitability in 2023, GreenTech startup tado° has just landed €43 million in new funding. The Munich-based team is helping consumers become more energy efficient with its smart thermostats and energy services and is reaching households across the continent. Whilst 2022 brought a number of challenges to European households, it laid clear the importance of becoming

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Wayout: The startup offsetting the need for bottled water and cutting plastic pollution secures €6 million

Stockholm-based Wayout is on a mission to offset the need for bottled water, paving the way out for single-use plastics. The startup has just raised €6 million to scale up its safe drinking water distribution system.  There are 66x more plastic bottles than people in the world. Read that again. It’s quite a shocking statistic and it highlights a problem

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Sustainable chocolate brand Love Cocoa unwraps €4.8 million to push forward chocolate innovation

Sustainable chocolate brand, Love Cocoa, has just unwrapped €4.8 million to develop the next generation of chocolate innovation driven by ethical values. The London-based company was founded by the great-great-great grandson of the iconic Mr Cadbury and is now ready to expand.  Chocolate – the treat that delights around the world. However, the chocolate industry itself has garnered a less-than-delightful

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Balancing economics and the environment in the built environment | A conversation with Jens Thumm, Co-Founder and CEO, Predium

The built environment – from the materials used in construction to the use and maintenance of the buildings – contributes to almost 40% of global CO2 emissions. It is only right that sustainability and ESG should never be just buzzwords in the built environment ecosystem.  According to the European Building Stock Observatory, over 75% of buildings in the EU are

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Austrian startup Arkeon picks up €2.75 million for its sustainable protein solution

Arkeon, a startup creating sustainable proteins through carbon capture, has raised a €2.75 million investment from ICL Planet Startup Hub. The Austrian startup is taking a pioneering approach to sustainable food production, is a startup we recently highlighted as one to watch, and is planning to scale.  The reality of food insecurity has been laid clear. Put simply, we cannot

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Packhelp’s approach to becoming transparent about sustainability

One of the hottest words this year in business circles has been sustainability. Business, across sectors and industries, have been highlighting new ‘sustainable’ approaches, sharing ‘sustainable’ solutions and moving to identify brands as ‘sustainable’. Sustainability refers to fulfilling the needs of current generations without compromising the needs of future generations while ensuring a balance between economic growth, environmental care and

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10 European agritech startups promoting sustainable development 

Needless to say, agriculture plays a major role when it comes to climate change mitigation and adaptation. It’s a part of feeding and fueling our society and is vitally important. However, it’s also an industry under pressure. Under pressure to meet evolving needs, under pressure to adapt to constantly changing socioeconomic and geopolitical contexts, and under pressure from an environmental

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Impact-driven decisions to be made easier by The Upright Project as it raises €5 million

Finnish startup The Upright Project is on a mission to help us make the right decisions when it comes to impact. The deeptech company has just raised €5 million to develop its open-access database which brings more rigour and comparability to impact evaluations.  While the world comes to terms with surmounting challenges, there has been an increase in consciousness in

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Danish startup OKTO GRID secures €3 million to fuel the electrification of society

Copenhagen-based startup OKTO GRID has just raised fresh funding to help create a greener energy outlook for Europe. The startup has developed a solution to help the energy industry digitize assets, accelerating the energy transition.  As the energy transition gets underway and Europe turns to more renewable and greener sources, the need for electricity is rising. Alongside this, is an

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Going Green: European GreenTech Overview | November 2022 | Powered by Net Zero Insights

GreenTech is one of the biggest growth areas in the innovation and startup space, on a global level. It’s a market area that has the potential to shape and influence our future for the better, and investors and entrepreneurs are actively promoting development in this space. This report, powered by Net Zero Insights, aims to give an overview of everything

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Berlin-based Ostrom lands €9.3 million to help us use less electricity

Berlin-based Ostrom is closing the year with a fresh €9.3 million cash boost. The startup is on a mission to make transitioning to greener energy use more convenient and affordable.  At the beginning of 2022, we reported that Ostrom, a Berlin-born startup, had raised €4.4 million for its solution helping people switch to greener energy. Now, the startup has picked

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UK-based startup Verna secures additional funding to put nature tech in the spotlight

Verna, a startup working at the intersection of nature and climate tech has just secured a new equity investment to take its total funding to over €2.5 million. The UK-based company encourages carbon and biodiversity to be seen holistically, looking at the linkages to make better decisions for our planet.  As consciousness around the climate crisis rises across the globe,

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UK-based foodtech startup Clean Food Group gets collaborative backing for its sustainable palm oil alternative from Doehler

UK-based Clean Food Group is on a mission to clean up society’s unhealthy and unsustainable palm oil habits. The startup has got backing from Doehler Ventures through a collaboration agreement that will help scale up the foodtech’s sustainable alternative. Palm oil is an ingredient found in a shockingly high number of food products, and the… This content is for members

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