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Post Jul 31, 2022

MIT’s Dr. Yet-Ming Chiang to speak at the SOSV Climate Tech Summit

The world of industrial materials needs to be reinvented in ways that eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. Batteries, cement, steel, ammonia and may others must get on a sustainable path. No one has done more to bring science and commerce together to address that challenge than Dr. Yet-Ming Chiang, an MIT engineering and materials science professor, […]

Axios Jul 29, 2022

IndieBio’s bio-dye maker Huue closes a $14.6M series A

In “Bio-dye maker Huue raises $14.6M, with HSBC backing”, Axios reports that Huue (IndieBio SF08 2019), a San Francisco startup developing bio-based dye, raised $14.6 million in a series A funding round led by Material Impact. Material Impact partner Corinna Chen will take a Huue board seat as part of the all-equity deal.  Participating in […]

TechCrunch Jul 29, 2022

HAX’s Butlr raises $20M to develop privacy-centric occupancy sensors

Butlr (HAX 2022), an MIT Media Lab spinout developing occupancy sensors, has raised $20 million in a series A round, according to TechCrunch’s article “Butlr lands new cash to put people-detecting sensors in the office”. The round was supported by strategic investor Carrier Global Corporation, E14, Tiger Global, Primetime Partners, Union Labs, Tectonic Ventures, and […]

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Bloomberg Jul 29, 2022

Amid vegan ingredient shortage, IndieBio’s NotCo taps AI for plant-based alternatives

Plant-based food producer NotCo (IndieBio SF05 2017) has a secret weapon against critical supply chain disruptions, according to Bloomberg’s recent article, “The AI Platform Behind a Bezos-Backed Startup’s Vegan Burgers”. The Chilean-based company is tapping into an artificial intelligence platform named Giuseppe to find an alternative to sunflower oil—a crucial ingredient in one-third of all […]

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Axios Jul 28, 2022

SOSV ranks #1 for 1H 2022 among climate tech VCs

Pitchbook reported that specialist firms dominated the top 10 most active investors in climate tech. Data: Pitchbook; Chart: Skye Witley/Axios In the past quarter, generalist VC firms and specialist climate firms have gone head to head in funding efforts, pushing up deal costs, according to Axios’ recent article, “Generalist VCs downshift Q2 Deployment”. But at least […]

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Ship & Bunker Jul 26, 2022

HAX’s XFuel closes €8.2 million investment round for high-grade biomass fuels

XFuel, a company on a mission to convert biomass waste into drop-in low-carbon fuels, recently closed an €8.2 million investment round, according to Ship & Bunker’s article, “Biofuel Producer XFuel Raises €8.2 Million Investment Round”.   AENU, a German VC firm, took the lead on the investment round with additional support from SOSV’s HAX and Union […]

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TechCrunch Jul 26, 2022

Catch four HAX founders discussing their robotics startups at TechCrunch’s Robotics event last week

Source: Neptune Robotics SOSV’s pre-seed Hard Tech program HAX has a strong track record with robotics startups, and it came as no surprise that TechCrunch featured four HAX robotics founders at the TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics event last week. The 45-minute panel discussion entitled, Pre-seed to Unicorn: Lessons from HAX Robotics Founders”, covered the experience of […]

Neal Stephenson
Post Jul 13, 2022

Sci-Fi great Neal Stephenson, author of “Termination Shock,” to speak at the SOSV Climate Tech Summit

We are delighted to announce that Neal Stephenson will be speaking at the SOSV Climate Tech Summit. Register today! It’s virtual and free. Neal Stephenson is a world-renowned speculative fiction author who won Hugo, Locus, Arthur C. Clarke, and Prometheus awards for science fiction, historical fiction, maximalism, cyberpunk, and post-cyberpunk (he coined the term ‘metaverse‘ […]

Post Jul 12, 2022

Four more speakers announced for the SOSV Climate Tech Summit 2022: USV, Khosla Ventures, Quaise, and Finless Foods

The SOSV team is happy to announce four more speakers participating at the virtual SOSV Climate Tech Summit on October 25–26, 2022. The event is free and virtual. Everyone will be there and you should be too. Register now. The following panel speakers will offer their insights on several topics. Climate tech investment:  Mona Alsubaei: […]

Post Jul 12, 2022

What the COVID-19 response revealed about deep tech startups in a time of crisis

When Covid hit, it wasn’t clear what the effect would be on our organization and portfolio.  Should we keep investing? Can we operate effectively? How will our startups respond? How can we help them? SOSV’s mission is to address the challenges of human and planetary health. And human health was calling. “In times of need, […]