Swedish Bioeconomy Heros


Swedish Bioeconomy Heros is our initiative to form a community that is united by the vision of building a sustainable bioeconomy. We want to increase the visibility of local start- and scale-ups that develop novel technologies to disrupt entire industries. By providing a platform, we hope to stimulate synergies thereby accelerating the transition to a post-fossil society.


We all aware that electrification of industry and infrastructure is without alternative to fight climate change. However, did you know that most flow batteries and fuel cells are build with materials that are in the process of being banned due to environmental concerns? This is a serious threat to the much needed accelerated electrification. Cellfion is developing bio-based membranes made from cellulose to re-invent the way we are manufacturing electrical infrastructure.

We talked to Liam Hardey, CEO and co-founder of Cellfion about their solution, how up-coming legislation helps them accelerate and the predictability of success.


We all become increasingly aware of the low recycling rates of plastic materials. Norbite is here to change that by using insects as highly efficient systems to degrade otherwise non-recyclable plastics and turn them into valuable nutritions.

We talked to Nathalie Berezina, CEO and founder of Norbite about their technology, daring to dream big and which attitude is most valuable when building a deep-tech company.


ShareTex is on a mission to make the fashion industry more circular. With more than 120 million tons of fiber textile waste, the fashion industry uses enormous resources to create huge amounts of residues which end up as landfill. To enable the scalable recycling of textile fibers ShareTex has developed a versatile process that can handle complex textile waste streams resulting in fibers and other products which can enter various value chains.

We had a chat with Miguel Sanchis Sebastiá, chemical engineer and CEO of ShareTex, about the challenges of building a company that tackles such a complex issue.



Cass Materials

Gary Cass, founder and CEO of Cass Materials, is a real sustainability pioneer within the fashion industry. From developing dresses using wine fermentation products in 2006 in Australia, Gary has move to Sweden and is now developing sustainable packing using foamed cellulose.

Here he shared insights into his past journey and his challenges ahead.


Biosorbe is a great example of how a start-up journey can go. Starting with the idea of using bacteria for bioredemidation, they are now using forest-derived biomass to prevent leakage of oil and other harmful liquids into the environment. Recently, they also got their first product FSC-certified, which separates them from all their competitors.

We had the pleasure to talk to serial entrepreneur and acting CEO of Biosorbe, Lars-Erik Sjögren.


Lixea is a truly European success story. Founded at the Imperial College London where the underlying technology was developed with support from the EIT funding program, Lixea transferred to Sweden to establish their pilot plant in Bäckhammar. This plant was funded through the EIC Accelerator grant and a follow-up investment allows Lixea to further scale their process.

By using ionic liquids to fractionate agricultural and woody biomass, Lixea can turn waste into sustainable materials and fuels.

We had the pleasure to get first-hand insights into their journey from Dr Florence Gschwend, co-founder and CTO.


Do you know a start-up that contributes to building a sustainable bioeconomy?

Let us know!