07/27/2020 | Trends

The global start-up landscape

ISC3 supports solutions for sustainable chemistry

The International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3) is an independent, international institution promoting and developing sustainable chemistry solutions worldwide. Start-ups are an important cornerstone in ISC3s activities as they are seen as a unique source of knowledge and innovation that can contribute to a more sustainable future. ISC3 supports them via competitions and the Global Start-up Service, the world’s first programme providing holistic support to sustainable chemistry innovators globally.

Since September 2019, the ISC3 also awards the title of “Start-up of the month”. The list of featured start-up companies shows the tremendous creativity and innovation power of founders and entrepreneurs all over the world.

Le Qara, Peru

uses biotech, engineering expertise and  microorganisms to create high-quality vegan leather that is biodegradable and toxin-free.  A specific consortium of microorganisms which is fed with plants and fruit residues produces a leather-like biomaterial.


Indresmat, Netherlands

develops polyurethane resins that are versatile, durable, recyclable and sourced from renewable raw materials, mainly vegetable oils and lignin. Currently, they are brought to market in sustainable building materials, such as frames for windows and doors and insulating foam coatings.


Banyan Nations, India

works with local waste collectors to produce near-virgin grade plastic granules that it sells to leading manufacturers in a variety of sectors. The business rests on two pillars: a data intelli- gence system that traces plastics recycling  activities in major Indian cities and a proprietary process to clean the collected plastic, customising it for the specific thermal and mechanical needs of brands on a large scale.


Innoverda, France

works together with chemical and pharmaceutical producers, testing if traditional processes can  be improved by their electrochemical approach. Electrosynthesis can significantly reduce the  inputs of energy, toxic and corrosive substances, non-renewable raw materials, and high pressures and temperatures.


Mobius, USA

has developed a family of naturally degradable and compostable polymers made from lignin, a byproduct of the paper and biofuel industries, that offer a sustainable alternative to single-use and petroleum-based plastics.


Andes Bioenergy, Ecuador

has developed a process to produce biochar from agribusiness biomass wastes which can improve tropical soils as well as provide renewable thermal energy employing the P-SMART (Pyrolysis Small and Modular Auger Reactor).


Kathrin Rübberdt


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