Startup Cohorts

The following startups were selected to participate in the 2023 Change Chemistry Startup Cohort providing an opportunity to network and foster relationships to bring technologies and products to market that advance green and sustainable chemistry solutions:

2023 Startup Cohort

Arrakis Materials is developing technology for converting CO2 into valuable solid minerals. Our proprietary chemistry accelerates the natural reaction of CO2 with silicate minerals to produce carbon-negative versions of the carbonates used as polymer fillers, paint & coatings fillers, construction materials, etc. Looking for new uses and applications for our carbon-negative minerals.

Axine Water Technologies is at the forefront of advanced electrochemical oxidation systems for the destruction of per- and polyfluorinated compounds (PFAS), active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), solvents, and other complex organic pollutants from industrial wastewater.  Our treatment-as-a-service model (TaaS) helps customers across the chemical, pharmaceutical, surface finishing, microelectronics, and waste management industries meet the most demanding environmental regulations.  

Ayas Renewables is a biotech company replacing petrochemicals with biorenewable chemicals. We are bringing multiple biorenewable chemicals to market with the first being biorenewable propylene glycol, Bio-PG. Ayas’ Bio-PG is market leading in purity at 99.9% and a true drop-in replacement for petrochemical propylene glycol with Ayas Bio-PG requiring no change in formulations, and best of all, Ayas Bio-PG cost the same or less than the Petro-PG while reducing carbon by 80+%. Ayas’ first plant will be on the Gulf Coast for which Ayas has already secured feedstock and $100+ million in signed purchase orders from Fortune 500 companies. Ayas is currently seeking a.) $10mil in venture funding and b.) take or pay offtake agreements for the remainder of Plant 1 production. Additional biorenewable chemicals include hydroxyacetone, dihydroxyacetone, dipropylene glycol and more. 

Boreal Bioproducts (formerly known as Montinutra Ltd.) converts forest industry side streams into valuable ingredients: polysaccharides, polyphenols, and treated fibres. These multi-functional Boreal Bioproducts® ingredients can be applied, for example, in binders, adhesives, resins, coatings, personal care, detergents, and composites. Looking for partners to develop novel applications. 

Cascade Biocatalysts enables greener chemical manufacturing with more robust enzymes, moving nature's catalysts from the cell into the factory. Cascade leverages its proprietary Body Armor for Enzymes™ immobilization technology to increase enzymes lifespan, solvent tolerance and melting temperature, decreasing the cost of using them as catalysts. Currently with its platform approach, Cascade has been successful across fifteen different enzymes (100% success) across industries from fragrance manufacturing to wastewater treatment to plastic digestion. 


FiberX is a sustainable chemicals and materials company that uses agricultural waste as a sustainable feedstock to reduce or replace the use of petroleum. FiberX is entering the $101 billion green chemicals market with a line of biocomposite plastics that are reinforced by the addition of processed corn stover fiber, replacing up to 50% of the petroleum-based native polymers providing increased structural rigidity to finish plastic goods. Our vision is to be the premier commercializer of products that use plant biomass as their key feedstock including a technology solution that will compete in the $8 billion composite wood adhesive resin market.   

Hazard Evaluations Ltd (HazEL) uses reliable data to simplify decision making for all points along the chemical supply chain, from farmers and growers, regulators through to chemical suppliers, large and small scale users, and insurance underwriters.  

The tool enables users to select toxicity and environmental pathway parameters to support their strategic decision making and ease the burden of chemical risk management.  

Our emerging concern dimension uses AI in our proprietary HEAT model to identify chemicals of emerging concern (CECs) before they become a problem. 

Our mission is to provide simple tools that improve efficiency in chemical management, so that you can spend more time on other things. 

Ruby Bio uses naturally occurring yeast to convert low-cost sugar into high-value products. Our proprietary biosynthesis platform manufactures a full range of surfactant ingredients that are biodegradable, non-toxic, and deliver top performance in personal care, homecare, food, and anywhere you need surfactants. 

2022 Startup Cohort

Bright Path Laboratories (United States)
Bright Path Laboratories is pushing the pharmaceutical industry forward with its disruptive, sustainable, and advanced technology. Bright Path's green, agile, and adaptable approach to domestic manufacturing uses Artificial Intelligence, Green Chemistry, and a Continuous Flow platform to make our processes more efficient and less wasteful. Bright Path's vision is centered around strengthening America's essential medicine supply chain, reducing the risk of life-saving drug shortages, and improving the accessibility, affordability, and reliability of medicines for all—including for those in underserved and overlooked patient populations.

Curie Co. (United States)
Curie Co. is the standard for long-lasting, sustainable personal care. We fashion biological solutions from the basic building blocks of life. Our enzymes are gentle for people and the planet. From hand soap, body wash, hair care products, skincare, and beyond, we give product formulators the freedom to build powerful, long-lasting formulations that are nature-based from the bottom up. 

DetraPel (United States)
DetraPel is a sustainably innovative advanced materials company that specializes in synthesizing and manufacturing PFAS-Free protective coatings. Along with unparalleled research and understanding of protective coatings, striving to implement planet-friendly solutions is at the core of every formulation. Bringing innovative, cost effective, and environmentally safe chemicals to industry is the company’s edge in creating strategic solutions for even the most complex challenges. DetraPel focuses on solutions for a diverse range of consumer and industrial end markets including: textile, paperboard, food packaging, automotive, healthcare, and more. Custom product development, chemical processing, contract manufacturing, and other offerings are part of DetraPel’s greater objective.

Dirty Labs (United States)
At Dirty Labs Inc., we're merging science and design to change home and laundry care for the better. Dirty Labs is all about clean. Using cutting edge innovation in biotech, we're creating innovative solutions to help keep our clothes and living spaces clean, without the use of harsh chemicals, toxins or allergens.

DUDE CHEM (Germany)
DUDE CHEM is a Green Chemistry startup with its roots in the German Cluster of Excellence in Catalysis at the University of Technology Berlin. As a virtual deep tech manufacturer, we enable greener outsourcing of pharmaceuticals and their intermediates in order to transform the current pharma-chemical industry into an environmentally benign sector.

gluECO Adhesives (United States)
gluECO Adhesives LLC is a formulator and manufacturer of biobased, fully sustainable adhesives, binders, and films. Based on corn protein, the products are highly tunable to meet specific application requirements. Easily crosslinks or encapsulates a wide variety of compounds. Current market focus is on binding different materials when biodegradability/composability is required, binder for biomass to manufacture composite materials, and a dermal film for cosmetics and personal wellness uses.

Nohbo (United States)
We are a mission-driven material science company founded on the premise of eradicating unnecessary single-use plastics. Rooted in sunny Melbourne, Florida, minutes from the ocean, we formulate, develop, and commercialize novel out-of-this-world personal care plastic waste-free products that lather, cleanse, and nourish without compromise. Our ethos drives the next generation of products, and we remain firm believers that the future of personal care stems from the breakthroughs we make in our lab today. Our target markets are Consumer Package Goods (CPGs) companies in the personal care and beauty space, as well as partnering with Hospitality industry, specifically, hotels.

Ourobio  (United States)
Ourobio is a young synthetic biology & circular economy company. We develop engineered microorganisms to turn industrial byproducts into low-footprint, performance-enhancing biodegradable plastic additives, & are currently using whey-containing byproducts to produce PHB-bound masterbatches with high bio-based indigo concentrations. PHAs are suited to replace upwards of 90% of plastic cosmetic packaging, as well as a large number of outdoors, foodservice, medical, & agricultural goods, and current market trends indicate the consumer 3D printing industry as a high-potential beachhead given its familiarity with bioplastics, small volume requirements, high margins, & low regulatory barriers.

RenewCO2  (United States)
RenewCO₂ is revolutionizing monomer production from carbon dioxide emissions with its Electrocatalytic Carbon Utilization Technology (eCUT) that is low cost, energy efficient, and carbon negative.

RiKarbon (United States)
RiKarbon, Inc. is commercializing proprietary technologies for manufacturing sustainable and upcycled products from waste feedstocks to substitute petroleum-based resources used in everything from cosmetics to packaging materials. The company’s initial product offering includes (1) agricultural waste derived 100% bio-based emollients for natural and safer cosmetics and (2) post-consumer plastics’ hydrolytically breakdown plastics building block feedstock for high value renewable polymers. Our technology platforms are protected by Composition of Matter & Mfg. Processes.

2021 & 2020 Startup Cohorts

Postponed due to COVID-19

2019 Startup Cohort

Akron Ascent Innovations
(United States)
Akron Ascent Innovations has developed a new adhesive technology platform offering a unique combination of high strength, excellent removability and reusability on a wide range of surfaces.

Colorifix Limited (United Kingdom)
Colorifix uses a biological process to produce, deposit and fix pigments onto textiles.

Defunkify (United States)
Definkify believes that the toxins all of us put in, on and around our bodies matter. Starting from a clean slate, using the safest ingredients and then testing for performance as well as mixture toxicity, Defunkify makes cleaning products that are both high performance and eco-friendly.

Ecovia Renewables (United States)
Ecovia Renewables is an early-stage biotechnology company commercializing a proprietary bioprocess and companion chemistry platform to create a variety of biopolymer products for end-markets.

EmulGreen (Canada/Germany)
EmulGreen is a Canadian-German green chemistry startup that pushes towards a more sustainable chemicals sector with their current focus on emulsifiers.

Evolved by Nature (United States)
Their proprietary active Silk™ technology is base on pure, natural silk in liquid form, and is manufactured using water, salt and natural oil from cocoons that are by-products of the textile industry.

Genecis Bioindustries Inc. (Canada)
Genecis converts food waste into biodegradable plastics and other high value materials.

Iron Shell Material Technologies (United States)
Iron Shell Material Technologies is an early stage R&D startup focused on innovative iron-based, carbon-negative materials for construction and other industries.

Magnomer (United States)
Magnomer is a manufacturer of novel magnetic inks for plastic packaging for the circular economy.

Performance BioFilaments Inc. (Canada)
Performance BioFilaments Inc. is focused on the commercialization of Nanofibrillated Cellulose, which is a new biomaterial produced from renewable forestry feedstocks.

Visolis, Inc. (United States)
Visolis uses biology to manufacture high-performance materials.

VivaVax Inc. (Canada)
VivaVax is a biomaterials company developing next-generation surface coatings and novel biologic delivery platforms.

2018 Startup Cohort

Acticell develops chemical procedures for the innovative surface treatment of cellulosic material.

Advonex International Corporation (Canada)
Advonex International develops and sells sustainable ingredients for lubricants, cosmetics, personal care products and other markets.

Checkerspot, Inc. (United States)
As a design-centric materials company, Checkerspot's applications development capability brings-to-life performance materials created through biology and chemistry.

Material Alchemy (United States)
Translating science into commercial products that use sustainable materials.

Modular Genetics, Inc. (United States)
Modular Genetics, Inc. uses its proprietary automated gene engineering system to create new products.

Nature Coatings (United States)
Nature Coatings develops high performing black pigments from wood waste.

Novomer, Inc. (United States)
Novomer is commercializing a family of high-performance, cost-competitive, environmentally-responsible polymers and chemicals based on a proprietary catalyst technology that utilizes bio-based raw materials.

Penelope Mimetics (United States)
Penelope Mimetics conducts research and development in synthetic biology that advances the technical maturity of sustainable supply chains.

Solugen, Inc. (United States)
Solugen produces high-performance chemicals from plant-derived substitutes, including their hydrogen peroxide technology.

SusTerea Biorenewables LLC (United States)
SusTerea uses the power of chemistry to create useful materials from biorenewable feedstocks, unlocking the potential of naturally-occurring sugars.

Tandem Repeat Technologies (United States)
Tandem Repeat focus on sustainable manufacturing to create programmable textiles.

Tethis, Inc. (United States)
Tethis develops and manufactures super-absorbent materials built from plant-based feedstock sources.

xF Technologies Inc. (United States)
xF Technologies Inc. is a technology development company utilizing sustainable chemistry to produce non-toxic specialty chemicals.

2017 Startup Cohort

Chinova Bioworks
Chinova Bioworks has developed a natural antimicrobial preservative using a fiber from mushrooms, chitosan. It's a broad-spectrum and clean label.

Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc. (United States)
Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc. creates novel, high-performing specialty chemicals from natural oils using a proprietary Nobel Prize-winning catalyst technology called olefin metathesis.

Hybrid Coating Technologies (United States)
Hybrid Coating Technologies (HCT) has developed, patented, and now sells the world’s first Green Polyurethane™ for foam, coatings, adhesives and sealants that does not use toxic isocyanates or volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

IMD Naturals (Germany)
IMD Natural Solutions specialized in nature-derived fine and specialty chemicals. to develop and produce innovative ingredients and extracts from micro-organisms and plants for the FMCG industry. Aquired by Lanxess in 2018.

The Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) (United States)
The Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) develops platform technology for the transformation of biomass to drop-in and novel biobased chemicals.

Kalion, Inc. (United States)
Kalion provides access to high purity glucaric acid from renewable resources for a wide range of applications. 

LumiShield (United States)
LumiShield has developed a novel, chrome-free pretreatment process called Lumidize® to deliver powerful and economical corrosion prevention and improved paint adhesion.

mobius (United States)
Formerly known as Grow Bioplastics. mobius is creating renewable chemicals, materials, and energy from waste...starting with biodegradable plastics made from lignin.

Paxymer (Sweden)
Paxymer is a flame retardant synergistic technology for boosting the performance of halogen free flame retardants in plastics.

Poly6 (United States)
Poly6 is driving industry 4.0 additive manufacturing solutions for the most complex manufacturing processes in aviation and energy.

Sironix Renewables (United States)
Sironix Renewables produces bio-renewable surfactants for a broad range of markets with a commitment to environmental stewardship, safety, and performance. 

Sylvatex (United States)
Sylvatex has developed a platform nanotechnology using biomass-derived inputs to manipulate chemicals, fabricate materials and structures, produce energy and enhance our environment by providing cheaper solutions.

2016 Startup Cohort

Aequor, Inc
(United States)
Aequor develops proprietary green chemical agents to replace toxic biocides.

Amyris, Inc (United States)
From plant-sugars to anti-malarial drugs, Amyris' proprietary process of engineering organisms (yeast) uses renewably-sourced carbon from plants to make sustainable, custom molecules that allow customers to make better, more effective products that are better for people and better for the planet.

Biosynthetic Technologies (United States)
Biosynthetic Technologies is commercializing revolutionary renewable chemical technologies by converting plant-derived fatty acids into high-performance synthetic oils able to replace petroleum-based fluids common in motor oil, industrial lubricants, personal care products and other chemical applications; with safer, cleaner alternatives.

Connora Technologies (United States)
Connora Technologies is a venture backed, next-generation chemical company with expertise in design of performance thermoset materials. Their revolutionary Recyclamine® polymer technology forms the basis for creating a new market around transformable and reusable thermoset plastics. Aditya Birla Chemicals Thailand Limited acquired Connora Technologies’ Recyclamine technology in July 2019.

GFBiochemicals (The Netherlands)
GFBiochemicals produces levulinic acid derivatives at commercial scale directly from biomass.

Mango Materials (United States)
Mango Materials is transforming waste biogas into eco-friendly, affordable materials while creating a positive environmental impact.

P2 Science, Inc. (United States)
P2 Science has developed a set of unique chemical process technologies for converting renewable feedstocks into high-value, specialty chemicals, including flavor and fragrance ingredients, cosmetics ingredients and renewable monomers.

Renmatix (Canada)
Renmatix uses water and science to create powerful plant-based ingredients from under-used plant materials.

Rennovia (United States)
Rennovia focused its unique High Throughput Experimentation (HTE) capabilities to develop breakthrough catalysts and processes for the production of cost advantaged “drop-in” chemicals from sugars. Filed for bankruptcy in 2018.

Resinate Materials Group (United States)
Resinate Materials Group is committed to advancing the use of recycled content in specialty polyols, the backbone of materials such as coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers and foams. Acquired by Carlysle Construction Materials in January 2020.