YGT Entrepreneurs of 2022
Founder & Chairman of Flance (Beijing) Nanotechnology Co., Ltd
Flance Nanotechnology was founded in Zhongguancun, Beijing, by overseas Chinese experts and professional-level senior engineers who have worked in France for many years. The core team members come from well-known scientific institutions including MIT and Tsinghua University, with rich experience in nanomaterials R&D and industry. Flance focuses on the R&D and manufacturing of high-purity new nanomaterial equipment and the green mass production of nanomaterial, filling the bottleneck of high-purity new nanomaterial technology in China and elevating itself to the international leading level. Flance is committed to becoming the international Intel in the field of nanomaterials, providing global customers with nanomaterials products and solutions that deepen their competitive advantages.
Akinse Fela Buyi
Founding Chancellor & Chairman of the Board NYU Shanghai
The plastic plague in many countries around the world is visible and inescapable. At SALUBATA, our mission is to invent lifestyle technologies that help people and the planet. We presently occupy a niche where we repurpose customisable shoes from ocean-deemed plastic wastes. To put simply, we make shoes from plastic waste. We imagined reaching just 1% of the global footwear market in 5 years, with this, we’d be able to impact over 280,000 women, save about 6.5 billion barrels of crude oil which could have been burnt and repurpose over 6 billion PET plastic wastes to shoes.
Vice CEO of PhaBuilder
PhaBuilder was founded in February 2021 by Professor Chen Guoqiang, director of the Center for Synthesis and Systems Biology at Tsinghua University. It mainly uses the "Next Generation Industrial Biotechnology, NGIB" for a "new generation of green super factory of cell" to develop and produce a variety of high-value-added products such as biodegradable material PHA, pharmaceutical intermediates tetrahydro pyrimidine, and Nylon 56 precursor pentane diamine.
Founder of AOK Cold Chain
AOK Cold Chain is a technology enterprise specializing in the development and manufacturing of new cold storage technology and series cold chain equipment. The new technology on passive cold storage cold chain developed by AOK Cold Chain saves up to 80% more energy than traditional equipment.
Zijing Li Liz
Co-Founder & COO of MIMICRETE LTD
MIMICRETE LTD is a Cambridge-based technology company co-founded by Cambridge PhDs and postdocs, providing a new approach to the development of sustainable buildings. The company's core technology comes from years of laboratory research and development, based on 3D printing and biomimetic design, equipping building materials with intelligent self-healing functions. The intelligent system senses and locates the cracks and releases healing agents as they develop, eliminating the need for manual intervention throughout the repair process. After healing, it can restore the needs of various indicators of the engineering department, which greatly extends the service life of the infrastructure.
Co-Founder & Technical Director of Qnetic
Qnetic is targeting a future market, which is ‘daily energy shifting’. This is where we collect renewable energy when it is available and discharge it later in the day, when it is needed. Qnetic is a mechanical battery, based on flywheel technology, whose principles are extremely simple: we charge the system by converting electricity into rotation and hold the energy as momentum. To get electricity back out, the process is simply reversed, very simple. Qnetic has built up a fantastic team with breadth and depth of experience and expertise already covering many critical functions of the company and a global footprint.
Founder & CEO of Sengong New Material Technology
Founded in 2018, Sengong New Materials Technology focuses on the research and development of new PVA functional materials and is dedicated to the upgrading, innovation and replacement of traditional plastic packaging materials to reduce the use of plastic products. We are committed to upgrading, innovating and replacing traditional plastic packaging materials in order to reduce the use of plastic products. SenGong has innovative know-how in the development and production of new functional film materials, biodegradable packaging materials and new water-soluble packaging materials, which are widely used in industrial production, agricultural cultivation and consumer goods manufacturing.
YGT Entrepreneurs of 2021
Founder & CEO of HurRain Nanotech
HurRain focuses on developing high-functioning nanomaterials to transform our lives by providing innovative solutions to combat global warming and mitigate the growing scarcity of clean drinking water. HurRain is empowering a better life for all human beings around the world.
CEO of XIAOZAO Tech
Xiaozao Tech developed a set of zero-emission, carbon-consumption, and ecologically recyclable microalgae breeding programs based on various intellectual properties, including high-purity EPA extraction, algae extraction EPA. Notably, high-purity EPA plays a unique role in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. Its offerings have promising prospects in the pharmaceutical market and food raw materials sectors as well as advancing the healthy development of human beings.
CEO & President of the Board, EARTH-IOT
The Earth-iot air-ground integrated smart security system is supported by cutting-edge technologies such as “driverless vehicle + drone + 5G + AI algorithm + edge algorithm + wireless charging + cloud platform” to provide a proprietary three-dimensional security solution. The integrated three-dimensional security of air and ground will make our world safer.
Eloisa De Castra
CEO of ENERPOLY
Enerpoly is building a future where everyone has access to clean energy. Through our pioneering zinc-ion batteries, Enerpoly will drive a transition to the electric grid of the future – one powered by resilient and renewable energy – that has the capacity to support the growth of electric vehicles and offer empowered consumers the choice to support clean energy sources. Through our commitment to honest innovation, we provide everyone with future energy storage solutions.
COO of SWISSPOD
Swisspod is developing a technology platform that enables ultra-high-speed transportation systems. While optimizing the energy efficiency of current high-speed transportation, Swisspod envisions a continental map of travel routes that will facilitate collaboration, accelerate human progress, and create a prosperous future.
CEO & CTO of ENWISE
Enwise provides clean and affordable energy by using dry anaerobic digestion technology which transforms organic waste into green energy. Our product OSCAR is a unique combination of hardware, software, and high-efficiency digesters. Our team offers models that transform energy from biogas to produce biomethane, hot water, cool water, steam, and electricity.
YGT Entrepreneurs of 2020
Alexander E. Fotsch
Agricultural Operations Vice President of Locus Agricultural Solutions
Locus Agricultural Solutions is helping to solve the interrelated challenges of climate change and food security. Its innovative, award-winning microbial soil “probiotic” technology and CarbonNOW® program gives farmers a new way to boost yields and income and sequester carbon while reducing operating costs and environmental impact.
CEO & CTO of Hybrid-Airplane Technologies GmbH
Hybrid-Airplane Technologies GmbH has developed a prototype of the patent-protected Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) h-aero® one. At the current stage of development, it is fulfilling hitherto unsolved challenges in the market for Unmanned Aerial Systems and comes with zero emission.
CEO of Bloomgem
BloomGEM is a team focusing on biosynthetic projects, aiming to create the world’s first industrialized microbial dye chromatography. BloomGEM stands for a bloom of Genetically Engineered Microorganisms. It expresses our aspiration to make sustainable fashion and a better world to live in.
Co-founder & COO of Bloom Biorenewables
Bloom reveals the hidden value of biomass to provide renewable energy and materials in markets such as fragrances, materials, plastics or textiles. For the first time, Bloom offers products that are both sustainable and cost competitive.
CEO of Beijing Hurricane Partner Network Technology Co., Ltd.
Beijing Hurricane Partner Network Technology Co., Ltd. is a B2B service platform. The company uses both the online system ( Tyre Operating System ) and the offline system (Tyre Service Stations)，combined with supply chain finance, to provide the best tyre-solution for logistics enterprises.
CEO of Fairylands Environmental Sci-Tech. (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
Fairylands Environmental Sci-Tech. (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. is an enterprise incubated by Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences since 2015. The company is the leader of distributed, intelligent and unitary pipeline-free wastewater treatment (PFWWT) technology as well as the practitioner and promoter of the PFWWT concept. It is committed to solving the problem caused by the difficulties in the construction and operation of rural sewage networks, and to improve the rural environment in a fast, safe and low-cost way.
YGT Entrepreneurs of 2019
Co-founder & CMO of Zeleros Hyperloop
Zeleros is a Spanish company leading the European hyperloop development, a new ground transport system that can travel at 1000 km/h with 0 direct greenhouse gas emissions, reducing aerospace and trucking pollution, congestion, energy consumption and increasing railway speeds. Zeleros’s focus on the vehicle exponentially reduces infrastructure costs and enables operation at safer pressures for both passengers and freight.
Co-founder & COO of Sunbright Quantum Technology
The company’s core technology is the third-generation solar material – quantum dot flexible film. With quantum dot materials and devices as the kernel, the company develops clean energy solutions with visible light and infrared light as energy carriers for low voltage endurance and remote wireless charging of mobile electronic devices and outdoor photovoltaic power generation.
CEO of Breeze Technologies
Fighting air pollution with artificial intelligence, Breeze Technologies is a leading provider of air quality sensors, data and analytics. The company provides an environmental intelligence platform that offers hyperlocal, comprehensive and accurate air quality data, as well as insights and actionable recommendations.
CMO of GPack Inn
Relying on its proprietary recyclable packaging products and nationwide closed-loop recycling network, GPACK INN provides clients with intelligent, efficient and low-cost green packaging product recycling and rental services and customized green packaging total solutions, to reduce packaging costs, improve environment and guide the packaging industry toward standardization and sharing. At present, it has joined hands with many famous companies, such as Cainiao, Tmall, JD, Shanshan, and so on.
José M. Bermúdez
CEO of Bound 4 Blue
Our vision is to power the world with wind, delivering automated wind-assisted propulsion systems as a turn-key solution to all shipowners and operators looking to decrease their fuel-related costs and pollutant emissions.
General Manager of Orca-Tech
Founded in 2017, Orca-Tech is the pioneer of unmanned water surface cleaning robots. With intelligent cruising and cleaning algorithms, the robots can provide efficient cleaning, improving efficiency, reducing risks and bringing more clear waters. Currently, it has received investments from DJI Technology’s president Prof. Zexiang Li, Hong Kong X Foundation, Brizan Ventures and PNP Leaguer.
YGT Entrepreneurs of 2018
Founder, Shenzhen Power Solution
Dedicated to supplying people in BOP (Bottom of the Pyramid) areas with high-quality and affordable solar solutions, Shenzhen Power Solution has delivered solar lighting to 63 developing countries which has benefited more than 4.22 million households. So far, these solar lighting solutions have generated 43.95 million kilowatts of electricity and reduced 77 thousand tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
Founder of MOTIONECO
MotionECO is a company aiming at recycling used cooking oil and converting it into biofuel; this offers a solution to both food safety and environmental problems. MotionECO’s innovations in biofuel also provide exciting new solutions for sustainable transportation, energy conservation, and air quality improvement.
SERIAL SILICON VALLEY ENTREPRENEUR
Brent Constantz is a serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur. In 2017, he launched his efforts to address climate change by sequestering and transforming carbon dioxide into building materials, specifically concrete. In 2012, Brent founded his startup Blue Planet to provide a scalable solution to climate change and carbon dioxide emission in an economically and technically sustainable way.
Xi Wang is the founder of VLOOP, the world’s first environmental protection platform for consumers. With VLOOP, consumers will reuse and recycle recommended eco-friendly products to earn digital eco-friendly credits as a reward for contribution to reducing plastic pollution. Living in such an era where environmental challenges are more urgent than ever, the eco-friendly credit system will encourage the public to a green lifestyle.
Director of Business Development, Clarity Movement
Sean Wihera is the Director of Business Development of Clarity Movement, a Berkeley-based startup providing real-time, street-by-street air quality data. Clarity Movement also provides in-depth analysis including sourcing air pollution and predicting air quality in cities around the world. So far, Clarity Movement’s solutions have been applied in 30 countries and 30 cities all over the world.