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Financing Innovation: Investment, Equity, and the Road to Commercialisation

PARTNERSHIP BROCHURE 2025

WATCH NOW: Revisit the closing plenary from the 2022 Rethinking Materials Summit ‘Financing Innovation: Investment, Equity, and the Road to Commercialisation’

  • What is the role of investment groups in scaling material innovation, sustainable packaging, and solutions supporting a circular economy? How do investors approach the finance or funding of solutions in this space?
  • Unlike traditional tech investments, the timeline to commercialisation for material innovation takes significantly longer. How can entrepreneurs approach raising capital that protects their equity while bringing products to market? How are companies leveraging venture debt capital, tax incentives, research grants, CMOs, and other forms of financing?
  • What new strategies are VCs implementing to de-risk the development of novel materials and technologies? Where are we seeing catalytic capital plugging innovation gaps along the supply chain?
  • Which solutions are attracting the greatest investment interest? What area of innovation is one to look out for? Are we striking a balance between investment in upstream and downstream solutions?
  • How are SPAC deals impacting this space? How do they perform in comparison to investments managed by private equity firms? What does this mean for future valuations?

Moderator:
Neil Cameron, Partner, EMERALD TECHNOLOGY VENTURES, CANADA

Speakers:
Lucy MortimerPartner, ARCHIPELAGO ECO INVESTORS, UK
Michael BrandkampFounder and General Partner, EUROPEAN CIRCULAR BIOECONOMY FUND (ECBF), GERMANY
Philippe MengalExecutive Director, CBE JU, BELGIUM
Alex Behar, Vice President, SANDBOX SUSTAINABILITY VENTURES,USA
Katrin BurtManaging Partner, GROSVENOR FOOD & AGTECH, UK


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