Propelair named as one of the most exciting, climate-positive cleantech companies

One of 28 firms from 120 applications, Propelair was chosen to pitch to cleantech investors on 25th November

Propelair are excited to announce that we are one of only 28 cleantech start-ups to present our water-saving toilet at this year’s Cambridge Cleantech Venture Week.

Propelair and its 27 peers were shortlisted from 120 applicants. Together, they represent five sectors crucial in the fight against climate change: circular economy, energy transition, future mobility, smart cities & building tech, and water resources.

Solutions to solve the climate crisis

Event organisers Cambridge Cleantech have described this year’s contenders as the most innovative and climate-positive cleantech companies, with products that can lower greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.

Businesses need to encourage such technologies in a post-pandemic world to help solve the climate crisis, Martin Garratt, CEO of Cambridge Cleantech, said.

“The focus that Covid-19 has brought to sustainability and hygiene has, in our experience, been very encouraging,” David Hollander, CEO of Propelair, said.

“Propelair makes a genuine positive impact on the climate, while lowering operational costs and reducing the risk of infection from aerosolised germs (including Covid-19) in washrooms.”

“It’s a huge opportunity for companies to do better – if anything, the pandemic has highlighted the urgent need for change,” he added.

Earlier this year, and at the height of the pandemic, Propelair completed a successful fundraising campaign, achieving investments worth £2.7m; £1.2m of which was raised on crowdfunding platform Seedrs. Propelair are now seeking a top-up to this round of c£1m.

Now, more and more organisations are turning to Propelair to achieve their environmental targets: Since the Covid-19 outbreak in March 2020, Propelair’s customer base has grown and now includes a major oil company, as well as supermarkets and shopping centres in the UK and South Africa.

David Hollander took to the virtual Cleantech Venture Week stage on 25th November and presented the Propelair toilet to a panel of cleantech investors to raise further funds for the company’s future goals.

“Our focus is now on new product features that will strengthen our appeal in the post-pandemic world, including an automated open-and-close lid and an internet-connected “smart” version of the toilet,” David said.

Meet the other innovative water companies

  • BOSAQ QV – Drinking water company focused on developing and selling technologies for decentralized drinking water supply.

  • Naturbeads – Naturbeads is scaling up a technology to produce biodegradable cellulose beads to replace polluting fossil fuel-based plastic microbeads.

  • Saturas Ltd. – Innovative trunk embedded sensor for trees, vines, etc. to enable precision irrigation.

  • Waterblade – Waterblade is today’s answer to the question, how can you make a small amount of water more useful.

To find out more about the other categories, click here.

About Cambridge Cleantech Venture Week

Cleantech Venture Days have been running since 2006 and to date,  more than 250 companies have pitched their ideas to investors and corporate buyers; over 600 million Euros have been invested into cleantech companies following these events.

This year, Cleantech Venture Week Event will, for the first time, take place online from 23rd to 26th November, due to the pandemic and current lockdown restrictions in the UK.

About Cambridge Cleantech

Cambridge Cleantech is a membership organisation connecting innovators, corporates, academics, SMEs and investors for a smarter, more sustainable future.

Propelair joined the network in summer 2020.


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