Unveiling of our first incubatee cohort

The last few months have been very busy for the 2 Degrés team; launch and announcement of the incubator's creation, announcement of some of our major partners, call for applications for the incubation pathway and selection process. We're delighted and proud to present our first 6 incubatees. They will be part of our first incubation program, through which they will benefit from our community of experts and partners, specialized and personalized support and access to state-of-the-art infrastructures to accelerate the development of their own technologies. These 6 impact companies stood out from the nearly fifty applications received, thanks to their highly innovative processes and the strength, viability and potential of their business models. Other selection criteria included the complementarity and commitment of the team presented, as well as the impact targeted by the proposed solution.


Hoola One




Hoola One's mission is to offer eco-responsible solutions to counter microplastic pollution in the environment. Hoola One currently offers the first viable and effective solution for collecting microplastic from beaches. To achieve its goals, the start-up combines two innovative technologies in a single machine to clean areas polluted by macro and microplastic. The first technology makes it possible to collect microplastic, while the second allows natural materials essential to the ecosystem to be left on beaches.


The team, comprising Anne-Sophie Lapointe, Jean-Félix Tremblay and Jean-David Lantagne, has been working on the project for almost 4 years, and will be testing their 2nd prototype this summer in Texas. In the medium term, Hoola One intends to adapt the technology to offer different options for its use, such as a backpack format. In this way, microplastic can be collected in other environments.


Hoola One's vision is to play a significant role in more than one sphere of the creation of a circular economy, not just cleaning initiatives. With the aim of advancing research and knowledge about microplastic pollution, Hoola One will be involved in collaborations and research projects.




Metheco 2 Degrees


METHECO wants to help boost the profitability, productivity and viability of biomethanization projects worldwide. An essential step in this direction is the advancement of research in the field. To this end, David-André and his partner Éric aim to create and supply R&D and teaching laboratories with research equipment that is representative of on-site reality, in order to improve the performance of full-scale projects.


Currently the sole official distributor of the AD-20 portable digester, a digester designed to simulate the biomethanization process, the METHECO team is keen to develop high-tech, fully automated pilot digesters with data acquisition. This innovation, the BD-20 R&D digester, is designed to represent reality as closely as possible on a large scale, in order to accelerate the development of the biogas production sector even more efficiently. In the longer term, METHECO aims to develop larger-scale digesters for biogas recovery.




Flaura 2 Degrees


Flaura was born from the combination of the creativity of Fannie, an experienced stylist, and the passion for waste recovery of Grégory, a seasoned chemist. The idea behind their organization is to offer 100% natural, eco-friendly leathers, made from local raw materials and in tune with today's tastes. In the medium term, they intend to market eco-designed leathers made from apple residues from the Quebec ice cider and juice industry. This new leather range will offer a version 2.0 of vegan leather, which will address both animal cruelty issues and provide a local solution with a low environmental footprint. With this first product, they hope to target different markets (fashion, home furnishings and automotive/vehicle interiors).





Climicals 2 Degrés


The CLIMICALS team, made up of Jérôme Gosset and Thierry Gervais, is developing a process to convert sugar into a monomer (called FDCA) that will enable the production of a bioplastic (called PEF) capable of replacing PET with its excellent properties. Sugar can come from agricultural production or the recycling of residual materials. More concretely, this will be possible through the recovery of products from agriculture (uncalibrated and unsold), by-products from the agri-food industry, or food products not sold by food retailers.

Compared with conventional plastics, biosourced plastics have the advantage of reducing dependence on fossil fuels and cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Plants sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide as they grow. Using these plants to produce biosourced plastics removes CO2 from the atmosphere and conserves it throughout the product's lifespan. This carbon fixation can be prolonged even further if the material is recycled or put to long-term use.




RegenEau 2 Degres


Currently, domestic hot water in new multi-residential homes is the largest energy consumption item. It alone accounts for 1/3 of energy expenditure. The RegenEAU co-founding team of David and Alexandre set out to tackle this challenge by developing a technology that recovers the heat available in wastewater. Energy that would otherwise be entirely wasted, as it goes down the drain.

RegenEAU stands out from its competitors as the first solution to combine energy efficiency and accessibility, both financially and in the field. Thanks to its agility and versatility, RegenEAU is targeting the retrofit market, a large, exploitable market estimated at $73 million/year in Quebec alone, which represents 1/900th of the world's population. Their business model also stands out for its target market: social housing, which has significant financial needs. In close collaboration with the Office municipal d'habitation de Québec, they plan to set up a technological showcase in one of their buildings to initiate an important project: self-financing the creation of new social housing through energy efficiency.




GLA 2 Degrees


How can we produce our essential chemicals while capturing carbon from our atmosphere? This was the question posed by Laval University student Xavier Pinard, and led to the creation of startup GLA (Genius Lactic Acid). Through his innovation, he aims to reinject these carbon molecules into our economy by recycling food waste.


GLA will harvest surplus agri-food products and, thanks to the action of bacteria, transform the nutrients into lactic acid, which it can then market in a variety of ways. GLA has developed a specific fermentation process to generate high-volume lactic acid. Xavier's first priority is to tackle the wasteful nature of the dairy industry.



Author: L'équipe de 2 Degrés | May 27, 2021

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