In the years leading to the creation of the start-up SurfactGreen, 2 scientists from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes (ENSCR), Daniel Plusquellec and Thierry Benvegnu, started in 1984 to develop 100% green surfactants from natural raw-materials. They both came to realize all the potential of their new molecules.
From 1984 up to 2015, the inventors published 10 international patents. 3 of them are co-owned in partnership with 3 international companies. This allows us to be more confident in the strength of those patents, and in the alignment with future requirements. A new patent has been published in 2017. The objective of this patent is to continuously develop the economic, technical and environmental performance of our today’s 100% green cationic and anionic surfactants.
In 2011, Thierry Benvegnu created the Business Unit Surfact’Green. The objective was to check market attractiveness by supplying customers with samples.
At the end of 2016, the start-up SurfactGreen was created. Funded by 2 venture capital firms, a technology transfer company, the 2 inventors, and 4 entrepreneurs. SurfactGreen raised 1,2 million Euros of Equity. Grants and early stage loan for a total of 0,5 million Euros were also awarded since then by the BPI, the French Bank of Investment.