To turn the Group into a leader in environmental performance, SUEZ has adopted a global strategy aimed at accelerating and intensifying its research and innovation capacities. The 2010 creation of SUEZ Ventures, an investment fund dedicated to new technologies in water and waste recycling and recovery, represents a major step in this direction.
SUEZ Ventures: VENTURE CAPITAL FOR WATER AND WASTE TECHNOLOGIES
In 2010, SUEZ launched SUEZ Ventures, its innovation investment fund. It aims to strengthen and accelerate the development of innovative solutions in the Water and Waste Recycling and Recovery businesses. With an investment budget of 50 million Euros over 10 years, SUEZ Ventures invests in the commercial and industrial development of startups with promising, innovative technologies concerning these areas.
SUEZ Ventures counts on partnerships and responsiveness to contribute to the Group’s differentiating technological drive. The fund has 3 major advantages:
- Access to an international network of experts, researchers and technicians at the forefront of techniques in water and waste,
- Commercial and industrial exposure offered by the Group’s activities in most regions of the world.
- The access to the results of R&D programmes undertaken by the Group.
Four years after its launch, SUEZ Ventures receives and analyses nearly 300 applications per year; 3 investment operations have been conducted as well as much other collaborative work initiated via the Group’s additional programs and initiatives.
DISCOVER THE PROJECTS FUNDED BY SUEZ Ventures
- Since 2012, SUEZ Ventures, SOFIMAC Partners and Centre Capital Développement are supporting SigrenEa‘s development of new technology in waste collection. Names “aEner’COM“, this solution allows real time remote measurement of filling rates at kerbside waste collection points. A sensor installed in the container continually measures the fill rate and transfers information to the waste management company. The next shift team can therefore improve and optimise the collection routes and kerbside collection points according to how full the containers are.
- Also in 2012, SUEZ Ventures subscribed to a cleantech start-up fund “Demeter 3 Amorçage” specific to capital investment in start-ups or projects in the beginning phases of innovative technological development in the fields of water, waste treatment or renewable energy. The Group thereby increases it development capacity through partnerships with young, dynamic enterprises which innovate within its core activities.
- In May 2013, SUEZ Ventures and the DEMETER 3 seed fund jointly support the development of COGEBIO, a young Lyon-based company that has developed a solution for biomass gasification.
From a variety of agriculture and forestry by-products, the GASCLEAN gasifier can produce in a very cost-effective way synthesis gas that is clean and directly recoverable, in accordance with the most stringent regulations on air emissions.
After its first commercial success, COGEBIO aims to extend the use of GASCLEAN to energy recovery from waste (wood, compost …).
- In December 2015, SUEZ Ventures is supporting the development of Intent Technologies by injecting €3 million into the company’s capital, alongside Nord Capital Partenaires, Bouygues Construction and Bouygues Immobilier. This young company, founded in 2011 and based in Lille (France), has developed the IntentPlatform software application for professionals in the real estate business (housing managers, service providers, equipment manufacturers). The software application provides them with real-time access to data on the operation of equipment (boilers, elevators, water meters, etc.), informs them of abnormal consumption and breakdowns, allows them to share this data with residents and internal local teams (caretakers) and to call in service providers.