Caixa Capital invests in new Life Sciences and Cleantech startups
Startups C2C-NewCap and Permeability secure €100K pre-seed investment
Lisbon, April 2016 — Caixa Capital announced its investment in technology-based Portuguese startups C2C-NewCap and Permeability. C2C-NewCap is developing a new generation of performance-boosted batteries for industrial vehicles. Permeability is developing a simple diagnostic for intestinal permeability.
The companies have each received a €100K pre-seed investment from Caixa Capital to support technology development and commercialization, having been selected by Caixa Capital from the participants of ACT by COTEC, one of the main Portuguese accelerator.
C2C-NewCap is a startup developing a new generation of quick-charging, long-life batteries for industrial vehicles. The first batteries developed will be a more efficient and greener alternative to lead batteries used in electric forklifts. The research behind the boosted performance of C2C-NewCap’s battery was conducted at the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in Lisbon.
Permeability is startup which will commercialize a medical kit for the diagnosis of intestinal permeability, a biomarker for early disease states such as diabetes and obesity. The kit will allow for simple, accurate and non-invasive diagnosis. The underlying technology used by Permeability was developed at the Centre for Neuroscience and Cell Biology at the Universidade de Coimbra, in Biocant Park and the Chronic Diseases Research Center at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
Stephan Morais, Executive Board Member of Caixa Capital, stated that “These investments are another example that demonstrates the high quality of medical and scientific research in Portugal and the emergence of world-class Portuguese startups both in Life Sciences and Cleantech”
Caixa Capital — www.caixacapital.pt
Caixa Capital is the Private Equity and Venture Capital fund management company of Portugal´s largest banking group Caixa Geral de Depósitos, present in over 20 countries and with assets above 120 billion Euros. Caixa Capital is a pioneering operator in the Portuguese market, with 500 million Euros under management and a total potential capital of 700 million euros for its managed funds. Caixa Capital invests in growth equity and venture capital opportunities and funds. The Venture Capital team partners with incubators, accelerators and business angels for seed and startup investments and with major international venture funds for opportunities above 1 million Euros. The team aims to support global expansion of Portugal related teams and companies and has dedicated team members to ICT, digital, health tech, engineering and cleantech investments.
Act by COTEC — www.actbycotec.com
Technology Commercialization Accelerator (Act) is a COTEC Portugal initiative that supports the creation of technology startups and licensing. Created in 2009, but with origins that date back to 2004 (COHiTEC Program), Act aims to value tech-based knowledge generated in Portugal, and support entrepreneurs, R&D Institutions and companies to take their innovative technologies to global markets. To that end, Act uses a unique model to support technology commercialization, providing training, mentoring and facilitating access to funding throughout the projects’ development, from lab to market.