What projects to fund

September 28, 2023

Marabou connects talents and investors on a platform, hence there are two major use cases with different target groups.

There might be issues of efficiency versus the cost with the toilet, but that’s the spirit!

The Marabous

Climate Innovation Talents

While Marabou’s scope should grow with its size, it will start on the stage of ideas, pilots, and prototypes. It will, at the beginning, not target innovative corporations with existing product lines, but individuals and groups in the gestation stage. Marabou will look for individuals with great ideas that need funding to get to the next level. Ideas can come from these areas: 

  • Climate Tech (geo-engineering, CO2-capture)
  • Clean Tech (de-carbonizing existing tech, efficiency solutions) 
  • Environmental Tech (ocean cleanup, forestation)
  • Agro Tech (Yield increase, CO2-positive agriculture)   
  • Renewable Energy 
  • Digitalization (as replacement technology, such as carbon credit platforms)
  • Climate Education

User Persona Nova Genesis

We use a project in which Marabou’s Alexander Kraus is involved, as a funding example. Nova Genesis is an organically produced serum that increases the yield of many crops. Seeds are infused with the serum and show 25% higher yields than without. The tagline: put your seeds in goop and feed more people. 

The group has developed the serum with sweat money, a patent is pending. They have done experiments to test yield increase. Nova Genesis is about to be funded in a conventional way after four years of fundraising. With Marabou, the group could have funded the next step – financing large-scale tests for about €50,000 and – upon success – either fund the subsequent step or have it easier when looking for institutional investment. 

Marabou only takes in projects that the stakeholders (including a scientific board) give chances for success. After that, Marabou will do the crowd investing round together with the project in 2-3 months maximum. With the structure of the shares, a project could do continuous funding thus eliminating the risk of failing to fundraise big sums or wasting those funds when they burn a hole in the bank account. 

A few examples of projects to fund

We have collected a few Austrian-based climate tech projects that would be suitable for Marabou. We are in the process of making contacts. 

We also started a cooperation with a major university in Cambodia who is now in the process of finding the best candidates and projects in their realm.  

ECS Climate Solutions

Climate certificates that actually transfer carbon credits into re-forestation like a re-naturation of moors. 

Beetle for Tech

A timber tracking tool to guarantee supply chain transparency

Agrobiogel

A solution (as in liquid) to infuse soil water for growing food in order to give it greater holding capacity for nutrients. 

https://www.agrobiogel.com/

Here are a few projects from Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan. As these countries are among the most affected by climate change and have less access to funding, Marabou will put a strong focus here. 

Wawamu

http://wawamu.com

Wawamu develops software and IoT devices to support urban gardening and agriculture. Their hydroponic grow towers integrate with a mobile app and make it easier for people to grow their own food in small spaces. Wawamu smartphone app monitors the plants and alerts you if it need attention. This locally-made product increases food security and reduces water use and carbon emissions. Wawamu also offers soil moisture, pH, and humidity sensors for farmland monitoring that can be adjusted according to crop requirements.

Wawamu was first brought into the public eye through the Good Life Accelerator program that took place virtually in 2020. 

SenzAgro

https://senzagro.com

SenzAgro is an Agriculture technology company that has developed an adaptive irrigation service, which automatically optimizes irrigation, thereby delivering dramatic crop yield increase and water and energy cost savings to farms. 

Soil is not uniform, and so different parts of any field require different amounts of irrigation. Current irrigation systems water fields evenly, thereby wasting water and energy and repressing crop yield, by inadvertently overwatering parts of a field while under-watering other parts. This also results in harmful leachate and runoff of fertilizer and pesticide chemicals, which impact the environment. 

SenzAgro’s service is Sri Lanka’s first and only automated adaptive differential irrigation solution, which successfully addresses this challenge. No other product automatically generates daily, accurate, hassle-free, irrigation maps, which apply just the right amount of water to different parts of the same field. 

​https://senzagro.com/case-studies/disease-prediction-in-cinnamon-cultivation/

Thuru

Thuru is an initiative to improve reforestation in Sri Lanka. Thuru seedpods which are produced using nanotechnology can be used as an effective and efficient seed transportation device and also as a unique gift item. It is developed with biodegradable material and also nanotechnology-based fertilizer is used to nourish the seed in the formative months. The user just needs to drop the pods on the ground and water them. Seedpods will start germinating the seeds and provide nutrients during the first few months. Thuru has planted nearly 45,000 plants so far. 

Greenpod Labs

https://greenpodlabs.com

Greenpod Labs is a Chennai-based startup providing cost-effective post-harvest solutions to extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables during storage and transport. The founder of Greenpod Labs is passionate about reducing food waste and losses in India. 

As a solution, Greenpod Labs is developing active packaging sachets that activate in-built defense mechanisms in fruits and vegetables to preserve their quality. This specially formulated packaging activates plants’ natural defense mechanisms and slows down the ripening process. Sachets with these active ingredients are added to crates of harvested fruits and vegetables, and can significantly extend the shelf life of produce without changing any external storage conditions. In terms of temperature and other conditions, India is one of the most challenging countries to reduce food waste and this helps to increase the shelf life of fresh food. 

GreenPod Labs – Grapes Internal Trials

Padcare Labs

https://www.padcarelabs.com

PadCare is an automated hygiene management system that generates harmless, recyclable output out of used sanitary napkins. Through multi-step mechanics, it breaks down absorbent sanitary waste into two by-products – cellulose and plastic.

PadCare Labs collect pads in ‘PadCare Bins’ which are placed in women’s washrooms. Each bin is equipped with an inner liner in which the used pads are placed; these liners curb microbial activity and also eliminate odor. Waste collectors benefit because handling the liners helps prevent direct exposure to and contact with the used pads.

Once a bin is full, a cloud-connected volume tracking mechanism indicates the need for waste pickup. The waste is collected and brought to a central processing unit where a machine shreds the pads and then deactivates the absorbent chemicals used in them. The pads undergo a multistep process including disinfection, decolorization, deodorization, and deactivation to transform them into cellulose and plastic pellets. In turn, these pellets are used to make various products like packaging material, tabletops, and plant pots. Body fluids (menstrual waste) which are a by-product of the process are directed towards a sewage outlet.

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