Zenyth Innovations
WU Wien - Vienna University of Economics and Businessb2b
CleanTech
Vienna, Austria
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Problem: The cement industry accounts for 8% of the global CO2 emissions, the same as cars, or if it were considered as a country, it would have the third largest CO2 emissions after the USA and China. The production of building materials is a tremendously detrimental process for the environment accounting for about 11% of global greenhouse emissions. Even more staggering is the fact that the industry uses up about 40% of global raw materials. Furthermore, 30% of building materials are discarded, and unused generating significant waste that is becoming ever so difficult to handle. Producing cement also uses a large amount of fossil fuels for transportation, operation of ovens and machinery, and other processes, further contributing to climate change. The price of cement has gone through the roof in recent times, as a result of its highly resource-intensive production cycle. From mining limestone to transporting, grinding and incinerating it in a 1450 degree Celsius oven, it is an incredibly energy instensive process. The energy used to produce it is by no means clean, the machinery and vehicles all run on diesel or pertol, the prices of which have exploded in recent times. This development means that cement producers had to constantly raise their prices in reaction to energy prices.  Due to the shrinking nature and high prices of cement, concrete producers have been trying to use less of it, and have supplemented it with additives, which are also very expensive, and alter the structural integrity of the resulting concrete, making it a constant headache for concrete technicians to come up with an optimal mixture for a certain construction project.  Sewage sludge ash is a material that is produced in wastewater treatment facilities after sewage sludge is incinerated, in order to produce biogas, an effective and green source of energy. The resulting ash is almost entirely discarded and landfilled, barring it from further use and disregarding its value.  The problem has not been solved largely due to the conservative attitude of the construction industry and the lobbying might of the biggest cement producers. 
 
Solution: Our solution to the burning problems mentioned above is an innovative, sustainable additive made from chemically stabilized sewage sludge ash that substitutes 20% of cement in concrete. This would be a cost-effective, carbon-negative, sustainable and clean solution for the harm cement is causing worldwide. Concerning process emissions, using our product reduces energy requirements for the whole concrete cycle by an estimated 90%.  The product is offered at 25% of the price of cement, saving producers 15% on cement, while reaping the benefits of the product rendering the finished concrete more voluminous, durable and less prone to cracks. By substituting up to 20% of regular cement mixtures with Sewage sludge ash, we could have a great sustainable impact on the environment, the economy, and public health, reducing the amount of cement used by about 800.000 tonnes a year. We achieve this by using sewage sludge ash, which is a byproduct of an incinerator's combustion of dewatered sewage sludge, is a natural and unlimited material. Around 1.7 million tonnes are produced worldwide, and this number is expected to rise exponentially in the future.
 


USP: Our USP cannot be summed up in a single feature, as our product is unique on many fronts. First of all, we are using sewage sludge ash, a material still largely landfilled around the world, with the aim of becoming the first product to feature it as its main ingredient. One of the unique environmental benefits we offer is the fact that by using our product, the process emissions of the entire concrete production cycle are reduced by an estimated 90%. Last, but not least, our product is different to concurring sustainable products on the market, due to its price, with a potential to be the first commercially available product to make concrete production cheaper than its traditional process. 

Next pitch →
October 19
Nominations
In 2023, Stage Two gathers 50+ startups nominated by 40+ university-affiliated entrepreneurship centers and 5-8 wildcards. All spin-offs will pitch their business models live in front of more than 50+ top European venture capital firms and 30+ industry leaders.
€ 3.8 Million
Investments
€ 50k
Cash prizes
Skilling & Accelerate
Workshops
Nominees
HospiChef
WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management
Agri- & FoodTech
b2b
→ hospichef.com/
PureSurf
Universität Graz
Circular Economy
b2b
→ puresurf.eu/
Celia
HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
Digital Health
b2c
ICODOS
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
CleanTech
b2b
icodos.com
CorFlux
University of Eastern Finland
MedTech
b2b
→ uef.fi/corflux
GEMESYS
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
DeepTech
b2b
→ gemesys.tech
Neutral Farming
IE Business School
Agri- & FoodTech
b2b
neutralfarming.earth
Pedestro
Universitatea Babes-Bolyai (UBB)
Mobility
b2b
Caplyzer
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
CleanTech
b2b
caplyzer.com
P-Agro Minerals
Riga Technical University
Circular Economy
b2b
F4Solutions
TU Berlin
Engineering, Environmental Sustainability
b2b
factor4solutions.com
socialbnb
University of Cologne
Travel
b2b & b2c
→ socialbnb.org/
Biomotion
TU Wien
BioTech
b2b
→ biomotion.tech/
Aestuarium
Maastricht University
BioTech
b2b
aestuarium.nl
EduBoost
Gdańsk University of Technology
EdTech
b2b
→ eduboost.pl/
Magmatic Biomining
INiTS Universitäres Gründerservice Wien GmbH
Circular Economy
b2b
→ magmatic.bio
ATA Mute
TU Eindhoven
Engineering
b2b
atamute.com
Meat Tomorrow
Danish Technological University
DeepTech
b2b
meattomorrow.com
HopfON
Technical University of Munich
Real Estate
b2b
→ hopfon.com
IonKraft
RWTH Aachen University
Circular Economy
b2b
→ ionkraft.com/
Intuitivo
Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
EdTech
b2b & b2c
→ intuitivo.pt/en
Therminer
UPV Universitat Politecnica de Valencia
CleanTech
b2b & b2c
→ therminer.com
VIDO
Warsaw University of Technology
MedTech
b2b & b2c
→ vido.tech
NeuralWave
University of Luxembourg
DeepTech
b2b
neuralwave.tech
apheros
ETH Zürich
CleanTech
b2b
→ apheros.ch
AMPHITRITE
Ecole Polytechnique
DeepTech
b2b
→ amphitrite.fr
BEAT Therapeutics
University of Porto
BioTech
b2b
Noriware
University of St.Gallen
CleanTech
b2b & b2c
→ noriware.com
MgShell
Politecnico di Milano
MedTech/Pharma
b2b
→ mgshell.com/
Tidings
Stockholm School of Economics
Digital Media
b2c
tidings.se
SoulChord
Oxford University
Digital Health
b2c
soulchord.io
UseLess
NTNU Trondheim
Sustainability
b2c
→ useless.ketn.no
Matrix Health & Care
Imperial College London
MedTech
b2b
→ matrixhealthandcare.com/
Smiling Food
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
Agri- & FoodTech
b2b
→ smilingfood.at
appose
SRH Hochschule Heidelberg
EdTech
b2b
appose.com
INFINECT
Heriot-Watt University
Engineering
b2b
infinect.space
ANYO Labs
Chalmers University of Technology
IT, BioTech
b2b
→ anyolabs.com/
EsaDres
University of Tartu
MedTech
b2b
esadres.com
Vuala
University of Cambridge
CleanTech
b2b
vuala.co.uk
Madglove
VU Amsterdam
MedTech
b2b
→ madglove.com
CountMeIn
Alba Graduate Business School
FoodTech
b2b
countmein.gr
Vox Aeris
Imperial College London & Royal College of Art
Sustainability
b2b & b2c
voxaeris.com
Greenstock
London Business School
Sustainability
b2b
greenstock.ae
Zenyth Innovations
WU Wien - Vienna University of Economics and Business
CleanTech
b2b
→ zenythinnovations.com
Accuselect
Erasmus University Rotterdam
CleanTech
b2c
→ accuselect.nl
Corgee
KU Leuven
Digital Health
b2b
corgee.be
Biocare company limited
Cape coast technical university
Agri- & FoodTech
b2b & b2c
Prizes
20K Cash
Stage Two Innovation Award
Siemens awards €20,000 to the standout university spinoff at Stage Two 2023, celebrating innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.
30K Media Budget
Stage Two Movement Award
DvH Ventures awards €30,000 media budget to the startup with the most compelling audience pitch at Stage Two 2023.
800K
HTGF Deep Tech Award
Subject to due diligence by HTGF, one startup individually selected by HTGF gets offered a potential investment worth 800.000€.
750K
Redstone investment prize
Subject to due diligence by Redstone, one startup individually selected by Redstone gets offered a potential investment worth 750.000€.
400K
AtlanticLabs investment prize
Subject to due diligence by AtlanticLabs, one startup individually selected by Atlantic Labs gets offered a potential investment worth 400.000€.
400K
b2venture investment prize
Subject to due diligence by b2venture, one startup individually selected by b2venture gets offered a potential investment worth 400.000€.
350K
Onsight Ventures investment prize
Subject to due diligence by Onsight Ventures, one startup individually selected by Onsight Ventures gets offered a potential investment worth 350.000€.
300K
xDeck investment prize
Subject to due diligence by xDeck, one startup individually selected by xDeck gets offered a potential investment worth 300.000€.
250K
STS Ventures investment prize
Subject to due diligence by STS Ventures, one startup individually selected by STS Ventures gets offered a potential investment worth 250.000€.
200K
Fund F investment prize
Subject to due diligence by Fund F, one startup individually selected by Fund F gets offered a potential investment worth 200.000€.
150K
Peak investment prize
Subject to due diligence by Peak, one startup individually selected by Peak gets offered a potential investment worth 150.000€.
100K
Earlybird investment prize
Subject to due diligence by Earlybird, one startup individually selected by Earlybird gets offered a potential investment worth 100.000€.
50K
ROI Ventures investment prize
Subject to due diligence by ROI Ventures, one startup individually selected by ROI Ventures gets offered a potential investment worth 50.000€.
Skilling
EIC Readiness Workshop
Zaz Ventures, the leading EIC Accelerator consultancy, offers a Skilling Prize to one exceptional early-stage startup at Stage Two: They will offer dedicated strategy development sessions to build the foundation for an application to the EIC Accelerator.
Skilling
Premium Access to PatentPlus Innovation Platform
PatentPlus is a data analytics platform that provides companies with insights and access to available technologies and partnership opportunities. Platform user benefit from a wide range of services including patent-based technology scouting and benchmarking of external partners and suppliers.
Skilling
Problem Solving Workshop
The winners of the Stage Two Innovation and Movement awards will receive valuable support, guidance and mentoring from McKinsey & Company.
Skilling
Tech for Good Award
The winners of the Tech for Good award will receive valuable impact management training and coaching from experienced Value for Good impact advisors.
Accelerate
Fast-track-to-IC
The victorious startup will have the opportunity to present directly to the investment committee. During this session, it will be determined if Armilar initiates the due diligence process.”
Accelerate
Fast-track-to-IC
The victorious startup will have the opportunity to present directly to the investment committee. During this session, it will be determined if SquareOne initiates the due diligence process.
Accelerate
Fast-track-to-IC
The victorious startup will have the opportunity to present directly to the investment committee. During this session, it will be determined if Contrarian Ventures initiates the due diligence process.”
Accelerate
B2B Sales Bootcamp
UVC Partners gives you a kickstart into B2B sales. Tap into our team's experience, take a shortcut with distilled learnings from our best founders and leverage our network of +250 corporates!
Accelerate
FoodTech Bootcamp
FoodLabs provides the winning team with multiple mentoring sessions on fundraising, B2B or B2C sales and talent & organizational development delivered by their investment and venture development teams.