In the years leading to the history of the SurfactGreen start-up, 2 scientists from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes (ENSCR), Daniel Plusquellec and Thierry Benvegnu, started to develop 100% green surfactants from natural raw-materials in 1984. As a result, they both came to realize their new molecules’ true potential.
The SurfactGreen's history
Samples and production for customers
SurfactGreen SAS was created at the end of 2016. It was funded by 2 venture capital firms, a technology transfer company, 2 inventors and 4 entrepreneurs. SurfactGreen raised 1.2 million euros in equity. The BPI (French Investment Bank) awarded grants and early stage loans for a total of 0.5 million euros.
From 1984 up to 2020, the inventors published 8 international patents. Three of them are co-owned in partnership with 3 international companies. SurfactGreen is continuously developing new patents to protect its innovations and their applications.