Co-founder Christoph Krumm recently shared his experience starting up Sironix with the American Chemical Society C&EN Magazine
Saint Paul, MN –Sironix Renewables was awarded a $1M grant from the Department of Energy (DOE), Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The grant includes a partnership with the University of Minnesota Chemical Engineering & Materials Science department, and will help fund scale-up of Sironix Renewable’s surfactants technologies.
The research funded under this grant will develop the recently developed Eosix™ Surfactants technology, a class of Oleo-Furan Surfactants (OFS) for the detergents and cleaning products markets. The new bio-renewable technology provides hundredfold improved cleaning performance of in hard water conditions, enabling development of cleaning products with higher concentration, better performance, and less environmental impact.
Initial development of the Eosix Surfactant was performed at the University of Minnesota as part of a DOE funded research consortium, the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation. Translation of the research into a proof of concept was performed by Sironix Renewables under a DOE SBIR Phase I research grant starting in 2016. The recently awarded follow on SBIR Phase II grant provides an additional two years of funding for Sironix to demonstrate the technology at larger scale.
For more information about the Department of Energy SBIR program, visit: science.energy.gov/sbir
Saint Paul, MN – After three rounds of competition and months of business plan development, Sironix Renewables was selected as the winner of the Energy & Clean Tech category in the Minnesota Cup, a yearly startup competition and hub aiming to connect Minnesota’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and grow the state’s innovation footprint. The award includes a $30,000 prize to Sironix and automatically enters the company into the grand prize round, where all division winners face off for the MN Cup title.
As part of the competition, 1300 participants in eight categories refined their business plans, gave investor presentations, and filmed promotional videos through three rounds of competition. In the recent division finals, Sironix gave an investor-pitch style presentation along with two other Energy & Clean Tech teams, earning the top spot and chance to compete for the MN Cup overall grand prize on October 9 at the University of Minnesota McNamara Alumni Center. At the finals event, Sironix will give a closed-door investor pitch, participate in a demo-hour technology showcase, and present a three-minute elevator pitch during the grand prize ceremony.
The brief promotional video that Sironix developed for the MN Cup is shown below. For more information about the MN Cup and the recent awards, visit https://carlsonschool.umn.edu/faculty-research/blog/entrepreneurship/introducing-the-2017-mn-cup-finalists
Saint Paul, MN – Christoph Krumm, Co-Founder and CEO of Sironix Renewables, was recently awarded the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) 35Under35 award for 2017, which provides recognition to outstanding chemical engineers who are “changing the face of the profession”.
Dr. Krumm was awarded in the innovation category for his work toward commercializing bio-renewable chemical technologies. The award included six additional categories: bio-engineering, chemcials, education, energy, leadership, and safety. In addition to a cash prize, the awardees will be presented with a plaque at the annual AIChE meeting to be held in Minneapolis, MN in later October. All 35Under35 winners were highlighted in the August 2017 issue of Chemical Engineering Progress (CEP) Magazine, as well as online (https://www.aiche.org/resources/publications/cep/2017/august/aiche-r-35-under-35).
In addition to individual profiles in CEP Magazine, the awardees provided short interview style videos. The embedded video below shows Dr. Krumm describing his ideal professional legacy.
Minneapolis, MN, - The nation’s largest statewide startup competition, the MN Cup, recently announced its 2017 semi-finalists in the eight different categories, with Sironix Renewables earning a spot in the Energy/ Clean Tech/ Water category. With over 1,500 entrepreneurs entering the competition, only ten teams per category were selected to move forward to the semifinals round.
Even with the competition’s grand prize winnings at $80,000 on the line, MN Cup has maintained their three key values – transparent, inclusive, and hustle – encouraging teams to move efficiently and quickly. This was apparent at the Semifinals Reception with competitors networking and sharing their innovative ideas before giving their elevator pitches to judges, mentors, and semifinalist. Sironix Renewables was selected because of their mission to transform the cleaning product industry with their revolutionary Oleo-Furan Surfactants.
“It was thrilling to see all of the innovative ideas and technologies coming out of the great state of Minnesota,” said Connor Beach, R&D Engineer for Sironix Renewables. “Seeing other teams present was motivating and provided great networking opportunities.”
For the next round of competition in August, Sironix Renewables will present a business plan, presentation, and video. The finalist rounds take place in September and October. More for info on the MN Cup, visit https://carlsonschool.umn.edu/mn-cup.
Grand Rapids, MI, – As part of Green Chemistry & Commerce Council’s (GC3) startup network, Sironix Renewables presented at the GC3 Startup Technology Showcase, hosted by Steelcase. The event was attended by chemical suppliers, R&D experts, corporate sustainability personnel, other startups, and venture investors. The event was hosted to open dialogue on development of green and bio-based chemistry within the startup community.
Sironix Renewables was selected to present based on their innovative bio-based surfactants. Their Oleo-Furan Surfactants (OFS) can be produced using sugar derivatives and plant oils, while outperforming petroleum-based surfactants in hard water. During the GC3 Technology Showcase, large companies presented their needs and challenges as they related to green chemistry, and startup companies, such as Sironix Renewables, presented their innovative technologies and green chemistry solutions. The meeting also provided a valuable opportunity for all members of the green chemistry value chain to collaborate and discuss important issues and unifying challenges.
"The GC3 Technology Showcase and Innovators Roundtable is an invaluable tool to connect key decision makers and influencers from all types of companies and commit to a common goal of promoting green chemistry in our economy," said Christoph Krumm, CEO of Sironix Renewables.
The Green Chemistry & Commerce Council was formed to maintain a forum for businesses to discuss new evolving technology from the green sector. The Startup Technology Showcase and Networking Event was hosted a day before GC3’s annual innovators roundtable, an event created to allow companies to converse about practical solutions to global issues.
Sironix Renewables was also recently in attendance at the Department of Energy’s Workshop on Performance Advantage Bio-Based Chemicals and the Department of Energy’s Advance Manufacturing Office Technical Resources Forum.
For more information on the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council, visit the GC3 website: http://www.greenchemistryandcommerce.org/about-gc3/what-is-the-gc3
Saint Paul, MN, – Sironix Renewables has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $225,000 to conduct research and development (R&D) work on plant-based surfactants for detergent and cleaner applications.
Sironix Renewables will develop a bio-renewable detergent molecule called the Oleo-Furan Surfactant (OFS) for detergent and cleaning applications. This new technology aims to produce better functioning and simplified detergents for consumers, reducing the amount of chemical needed and mitigating environmental impact. The research conducted under this grant will develop the key chemistries to produce chemicals for a wide range of markets and applications.
“The National Science Foundation supports small businesses with the most innovative, cutting-edge ideas that have the potential to become great commercial successes and make huge societal impacts,” said Barry Johnson, Director of the NSF’s Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships. “We hope that this seed funding will spark solutions to some of the most important challenges of our time across all areas of science and technology.”
“This grant sets the groundwork for a technological breakthrough in multi-billion dollar cleaners and detergents industry,” said Christoph Krumm, the President and Co-Founder of Sironix Renewables. “The OFS technology will enable better functioning detergents at lower cost, while reducing overall environmental impact.”
Once a small business is awarded a Phase I SBIR/STTR grant (up to $225,000), it becomes eligible to apply for a Phase II grant (up to $750,000). Small businesses with Phase II grants are eligible to receive up to $500,000 in additional matching funds with qualifying third-party investment or sales.
NSF accepts Phase I proposals from small businesses twice annually in June and December. Small businesses with innovative science and technology solutions, and commercial potential are encouraged to apply. All proposals submitted to the NSF SBIR/STTR program undergo a rigorous merit-based review process.
To learn more about the NSF SBIR/STTR program, visit: www.nsf.gov/SBIR.
More information about the Sironix Renewables technology is available at www.sironixrenewables.com/technology
About the National Science Foundation's Small Business Programs: The National Science Foundation (NSF) awards nearly $190 million annually to startups and small businesses through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial and societal impact. The non-dilutive grants support research and development (R&D) across almost all areas of science and technology helping companies de-risk technology for commercial success. The NSF is an independent federal agency with a budget of about $7 billion that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering.
Sironix Renewables has partnered with the Unviersity of Minnesota to participate in the National Science Foundation I-Corps commericalization acceleration program. Participation in the I-Corps program will help direct technology development toward new markets.
Sironix Renewables was selected for a Department of Energy Small Business Innovation Research grant (SBIR) to for development and commercialization of surfactants technologies. The grant provides $150,000 to conduct research for technology development and commercialization.
Sironix Renewables will partner with Professors Paul Dauenahauer and Michael Tsapatsis, two University of Minnesota professors of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, to develop the technology.