GCCA Narrows Down Innovandi Open Challenge List

The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) has shortlisted 15 start-ups with the most promising and deployable technologies to produce low carbon concrete for its second Innovandi Open Challenge.

Applications were received between March and May for the challenge, which brings together start-ups and the industry’s leading manufacturers to work together on innovative ways to cut emissions and accelerate progress. 

“We received more than 70 quality applications, so drawing up a shortlist was challenging. Developing low carbon concrete will require innovation and expertise to succeed, as our essential industry needs something easily scalable and affordable,” said Claude Loréa, GCCA cement director and innovation lead.

“Those start-ups on the list demonstrated the most potential, and we look forward to hearing more about their ideas during pitch day. But we’ll also be keeping in touch with other start-ups who didn’t make this year’s shortlist, with future projects in mind.”

The shortlisted companies are:

  • NeoCrete, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • EnviCore Inc., Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 
  • Arrakis Materials, Woburn, Mass.
  • ecoLocked, Berlin, Germany.
  • Nanospan India Pvt Ltd, Telangana, India.
  • Ultra High Materials, Inc., Reston, Va.
  • Enzymatic Inc., Las Vegas, Nev.
  • EcoAdmix Global Limited,  London.
  • MEP – SeaMix, Miami.
  • Chement, Chicago.
  • The Cool Corporation, London.
  • Versarien Graphene Limited, Gloucestershire, UK.
  • NanoCrete, Aurora, Colo.
  • Louis Structures LLC, Sheboygan, Wis.
  • Queens Carbon Inc., Pine Brook, N.J.  

The first Innovandi Open Challenge launched in 2021 and primarily focused on carbon capture and utilization. It has already seen two projects go to pilot stage.

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