Start-ups and Germany’s path to climate neutrality

Climate neutrality by 2050 – Europe wants to be the first continent to achieve this goal and thus emit only unavoidable greenhouse gases from 2050 onwards and also offset them completely. The German government has also endorsed this goal.

Public funding and research projects are intended to help achieve this goal. Countless start-ups are working hard to develop new ideas and technologies.

Carolin Wahnbaeck introduces some of these companies in her Focus article “Green, greener, founders”. There is the Dortmund-based start-up WEW Hydrogen, which focuses on green hydrogen. Ex-Tesla manager Philipp Schröder founded 1komma5grad, a Germany-wide network of electricians that offers intelligent energy products from a single source. Or the eco-label Bleed, which produces durable and repairable eco-fashion.

Many investors have also recognised the need for investments in technological climate solutions and invested a record amount in cleantech companies in 2021. However, most of the money flows into software and quick solutions, such as mobility solutions or online CO2 offsets. eCAPITAL has long taken the more ambitious route and financed deeptech and hardware developments, which usually require more money and time and are higher risk.

Carolin Wahnbaeck lets founders and eCAPITAL have their say in her article. Read her interesting comments here.

Founded in 1999, eCAPITAL is an entrepreneur-led venture capital investor focusing on early- and growth-stage deep-tech companies with a positive impact on society. eCAPITAL is based in Germany and invests with its own funds with a total volume of over € 280 million in the areas of Sustainability, Enterprise Software, Cybersecurity, IoT and New Materials. In addition to financial resources, eCAPITAL offers its portfolio companies strategic support and access to an international network of entrepreneurs, scientists, investors and founders and was lead investor in various deep-tech companies such as sonnen, Novaled or Jedox, which were sold very successfully to international strategists or investors.

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