In the years leading to the history 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. As a result they both came to realize all the potential of their new molecules.
The SurfactGreen's evolution
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 also in the alignment with future requirements. Then, they published a new patent in 2017. The objective of this patent was also to continuously develop the economic, technical and environmental performance of our today’s 100% green cationic and anionic surfactants.
Creation of a Business Unit
In 2011, Thierry Benvegnu created the Business Unit Surfact’Green. In fact the objective was to check market attractiveness by supplying customers with samples.
Creation of a Start-Up
At the end of 2016, they finally created the start-up SurfactGreen. Funded by 2 venture capital firms, a technology transfer company, the 2 inventors and 4 entrepreneurs. SurfactGreen raised 1,2 million Euros of Equity. The BPI and the French Bank of Investment awarded grants and early stage loan for a total of 0,5 million Euros.