About my Start-up
ETB Global is a company that specializes in the development and supply of technology for the production of green butadiene (BD), a critical chemical building block, using a bio-based feedstock such as ethanol. We aim to become the leading provider of the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly method for producing decarbonized bio-butadiene, the most important building block in rubber and plastic industry and essential for modern high standards of living. This will open the way to SBR and BR rubbers for tires, ABS plastic for helmets, and dozens of other materials used in our everyday products. Our technology also allows the industry to significantly lower its carbon footprint while producing bio-BD compared with fossil-based BD.
Why your idea is a “winner"?:
Demand for bio-based butadiene supports the development of similar technologies. Several projects are underway that utilize biotechnology and catalytic technologies for bio-butadiene manufacturing. Companies like Synthos and Biobuterfly have employed a catalytic conversion technique although in a two-step process that demands higher energy consumption. In contrast, Genomatica, Zeon, and Biokemik have integrated sugar fermentation—a less efficient and challenging-to-scale method. In distinction from our competitors, we have developed and patented a one-step process technology that centers around the most effective catalyst. This approach enables us to significantly reduce energy usage and carbon footprint while producing bio-based butadiene and hydrogen.
What is your current or intended business/revenue model?:
ETB will become a bio-Ethanol-to-bio-BD technology provider providing licenses to its customers to produce bio-BD. ETB team has solid knowledge in catalysts and processes development. However constructing and operating production sites based on these processes is not our strength. Because of that, our way to do business is providing licenses for technologies we developed and supplemental services to our clients including basic design/engineering package (BDEP), catalyst production, providing samples and carrying out R&D.
Do you have any Patent or IP registered (related to the solution that you are looking for an investment)?:
ETB has developed and patented a one-step process for producing bio-based butadiene (bio-BD) from bio-ethanol. Our innovation offers a viable solution for industries seeking to shift from fossil-based to bio-based feedstocks in the production of a pivotal building block used in rubber, textile, and various other sectors.
Leveraging over a century of experience and expertise in the fossil-based petrochemical industry, we have effectively mitigated catalyst supply and technological risks. We have already conducted successful tests on the reactor system and are ready for full production and purification system trials, a pivotal step toward obtaining initial bio-butadiene sample batches for customer testing.
Has your technology already been implemented in any field/sector?:
At present, our technology stands at Technical Readiness Level (TRL) 6, and the construction of a demonstration plant is well underway. Upon its completion by the end of 2026, we will propel ourselves to the next stage of readiness. Building and operating a demonstration plant will prove the commercial capabilities of ETB's technology and will push us to sell licenses globally for rapid technology adoption.
Which market and customer need(s)/problem(s) is (are) your products(s)/service(s) going to solve?:
The challenge that ETB aims to address lies in the production of bio-based butadiene, a chemical molecule crucial for the manufacturing of synthetic rubber, ABS, and other butadiene derivatives highly sought-after in the textile, tire manufacturing, and building industries. Traditionally, butadiene is derived from petroleum, posing environmental concerns due to its reliance on non-renewable resources and contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. However, ETB presents a solution by harnessing renewable, plant-based feedstocks to create bio-based butadiene with an identical structure to its petroleum-derived counterpart. This innovative approach not only tackles the environmental impact associated with synthetic rubber production but also aligns with the growing need for sustainable alternatives.
Ernes Lempers is a business developer with nearly 30 years of experience, of which the last 16 years in a CEO position, in business strategy, sales and marketing, logistics and HR. For the last 5 years, Ernest Lempers was the CEO / CFO of Innosolids BV. Within ETB, Ernest Lempers is responsible for finance, sales and strategy.
In 2004, Ernest received his Master of Science (M.Sc.) diploma in Industrial Business Administration at Eindhoven University of Technology.
Noah Hirsch was the investment director in a VC fund and founder and managing director of a startup ecosystem consultancy. Noah has a deep understanding of the chemical industry and its transition to bio-based feedstock.
In 2008 Noah received his Bachelor diploma in Crisis Management at Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU).
In 2016 Noah received his Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) diploma at Kingston University