Announcing an Investment in Vartega

The SWAN Impact Network is pleased to announce an investment in Vartega.

Vartega creates recycled carbon fiber. Using reclaimed and recycled carbon fiber is a low-cost alternative to virgin material for automotive and industrial applications. Vartega sources carbon fiber from various dry fiber and prepreg scrap sources. This material exhibits the same mechanical properties as virgin carbon fiber. Vartega’s carbon fiber is available in semi-continuous, chopped, and milled formats. It is ideally suited for use in thermoplastics, non-wovens, and molding compounds.

Recycled carbon fiber can be used to reduce vehicle weight – increasing range and fuel economy while reducing emissions. Recycled carbon fiber has been used extensively in consumer goods as well as the oil and gas industry. Vartega’s recycled carbon fiber features virgin mechanical properties as well as minimal thermal expansion and high electrical conductivity.

By utilizing the Vartega process, thousands of tons of waste will be diverted from landfill each year. The economic impact of reduced waste disposal fees is significant, but the most substantial economic benefit of using low-cost recycled carbon fiber comes from reduced fuel consumption due to vehicle lightweighting.

A follow-on investment in Advanced Ionics

The SWAN Impact Network is pleased to announce a follow-on investment in Advanced Ionics.

Advanced Ionics is designing a new generation of electrolyzers specifically for industrial users, such as ammonia/fertilizer production, hydrogenation, metal fabrication, glass, methanol, synthetic fuels/chemicals, and power plants, among others. Their purpose-built technology platform produces the lowest-cost onsite industrial green hydrogen of any electrolyzer company. Advanced Ionics is working hard to bring systems to market.

SWAN made its first investment in Advanced Ionics in 2020.

A follow-on investment in Skyven Technologies

The SWAN Impact Network made its initial investment in Skyven Technology in 2019, and is pleased to also participate in the company’s recent $4 million institutional seed funding round. The round was oversubscribed and was led by VoLo Earth Ventures, along with Global Founders Capital and the SWAN Impact Network. Skyven also received California Energy Commission grant awards which brought its new capital total to $6.5 million.

Skyven is based in Richardson, Texas. Their energy services fund and de-risk capital projects that reduce carbon emissions and protect our communities. The process takes a holistic view of the entire plant’s energy balance and flows to bring to life attractive, low-risk opportunities that deliver a strong ROI. Skyven participates as a thermal energy partner, they help companies focus all their resources on what they do best.

Skyven is solving this problem with an innovative business model that allows us to implement decarbonization measures with zero CapEx and savings from day one. The model is enabled by proprietary cloud-based software, which allows Skyven to measure and verify customers’ savings in real-time.

 

Announcing an Investment in Hubly Surgical

The SWAN Impact Network is pleased to announce an investment in woman-led Hubly Surgical.

Hubly Surgical’s mission is to improve patient outcomes and increase quality of care for surgical procedures, inclusively, across standard and underserved settings.

Hubly Surgical is a cranial and orthopedic platform drilling solution. They are focused on modernizing three verticals: bedside intracranial access, elective neurosurgeries, and elective orthopedic surgeries. Targeting neurosurgeons, their first product utilizing this technology is an integrated electric drill system designed to streamline bedside intracranial access, decrease operating room reliance, and facilitate treatment for emerging indications.

A follow-on investment in Binary Bridge

The SWAN Impact Network is pleased to announce a follow-on investment in Binary Bridge.

Binary Bridge is a Public Benefit Company with the mission to improve access to healthcare and increase the quality of care in underserved locations. They accomplish this by providing software solutions for mobile clinics in remote, low-resource areas. BackpackEMR targets medical teams working in rural areas and is fully supported by Binary Bridge. Binary Bridge understands that medical teams are not experts in technology, therefore Binary Bridge continues the support for medical teams to spend their time and resources on the people they are serving.

SWAN made its initial investment in Binary Bridge in 2018.

 

Follow-on investments in Yotta Energy and ClearFlame Engine Technologies

The SWAN Impact Network is pleased to announce follow-on investments in clean-energy companies Yotta Energy and Clear Flame Engine Technologies.

As a world-wide energy shortage is poised to hit the U.S. this winter, Yotta Energy has raised $13 million to scale its unique, modular energy storage and microgrid technology, specifically designed to transform buildings into self-generating power plants. Led by WIND Ventures, the Series A round also includes follow-on investors Doral Energy-Tech Ventures, Riverstone Ventures, and returning investors, EDP Ventures, and SWAN Impact Network. Overall, the funding will allow Yotta Energy to expand product deployments in the U.S. and Latin America, increase company employment, open up energy generation revenue for commercial flat-roof buildings, and help North and South America meet decarbonization goals. The round brings the company’s total funding to $20 million.

SWAN previously invested in Yotta Solar in 2019.

ClearFlame Engine Technologies, a startup dedicated to the development of net-zero engine technology, announced today that it has secured $17 million in Series A financing, which will enable commercialization of the company’s innovative engine technology for the long-haul trucking, agriculture and power generation sectors. The financing was led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures with participation from Mercuria, John Deere, Clean Energy Venture and the SWAN Impact Network.

A follow-on investment in Curb/Elevation Home Energy Solutions

The SWAN Impact Network is pleased to announce a follow-on investment that furthers the market penetration of the energy-saving technology developed by portfolio company, Curb Energy. That technology enables home owners to reduced electricity consumption by up to 20%.

In 2017, our network made its initial investment in Curb Energy.  Recognizing Curb’s strong revenue growth and high growth potential, our network made a further investment in 2020. Later in 2020, Curb merged with Elevation Home Energy Solutions, a well-established, Arizona-based home solutions provider.

The network has now made an investment in Elevation, and collected significant investment commitments from our angels just four days after sharing the opportunity with them.

VeMiDoc joins the SWAN Portfolio

The SWAN Impact Network is pleased to have VeMiDoc join its portfolio of social impact companies.

VeMiDoc provides a compelling bilingual telemedicine mobile app allowing health providers to remotely monitor patients via regular virtual check-ins and other health management tools. Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) incur high and disproportionate costs associated with poor disease management and poor health outcomes in Latino and other medically underserved communities. The VeMiDoc app, which in Spanish represents “see my doctor”, was conceived by Latino physicians and was developed to improve medical outcomes over time, reducing patient healthcare costs for MCOs and allowing them to better allocate resources to Medicaid beneficiaries.

A follow-on investment in ClearFlame Engine Technologies

The SWAN Impact Network made a seed investment in ClearFlame Engine Technologies early in 2020, and is pleased to now announce a follow-on investment one year later.

ClearFlame is taking the diesel fuel out of the diesel engine for heavy-duty industries. Their disruptive, patented engine technology maintains all the rugged performance and practicality of traditional diesel engines that end users expect while completely replacing petroleum-based diesel fuel with decarbonized liquid fuels—nearly eliminating all criteria pollutants and emissions.

ClearFlame offers a rapid pathway to widespread emissions reduction for heavy-duty industries by leveraging existing production capacity and infrastructures. Moreover, our technology lowers costs—for both OEMs and end users—by eliminating the need for complex aftertreatment technologies.

The heavy-duty engine industry is approaching a time when the continued pressure to reduce CO2 and diesel criteria pollutants (NOx and particulates) is leading to the elimination of diesel-fueled engines. It’s why heavy-duty engine manufacturers, fleet owners, end users, and regulators are aggressively seeking viable alternative technologies. ClearFlame is the future of diesel engine technology.

SWAN has invested in Advanced Ionics

The SWAN Impact Network is pleased to announce an investment in Advanced Ionics. Advanced Ionics   is providing Clean Hydrogen for Heavy Industry, designing a new generation of electrolyzers specifically for industrial users, such as ammonia/fertilizer production, hydrogenation, metal fabrication, glass, methanol, synthetic fuels/chemicals, and power plants, among others. They replace existing  hydrogen manufacturing with a more affordable, cleaner alternative.

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