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Particon, founded by De Weijerhorst Foundation, provides financing for the growth or continuity of companies in South East Netherlands.

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Capricorn and Particon add EUR5m to Black Bear’s growth financing round

Nov 6, 2018

Tue, 06/11/2018 - 09:49 Cleantech company Black Bear has secured an additional EUR5 million from Capricorn Venture Partners and Particon, who join an earlier EUR11 million growth financing round. Using this growth capital, Black Bear aims to scale up its “Tire to Carbon Black” technology, a carbonisation process used to transform tires into recovered Carbon Black for use in the production of tires, technical rubber, coatings, plastics and inks. Black Bear operates an industrial-scale prototype plant in partnership with Kargro, one of Europe’s foremost recyclers of tires. The plant, located in Nederweert, the Netherlands, is capable of processing more than one million tires annually. The recovered Carbon Black is Cradle-to-CradleTM certified and is already used by major clients, including AkzoNobel. Black Bear will use the capital to further develop this industrial-scale prototype plant and expand internationally. The company’s long-term goal is to upcycle all waste tires into valuable products, which would achieve CO2 emission reductions equivalent to the planting of more than 1 billion trees. Capricorn Venture Partners is an independent European manager of venture capital and equity funds, investing in innovative European technology companies. It is based in Leuven, Belgium. Particon is an independent venture capital firm with more than 10 years of VC experience in the region of Limburg, the Netherlands. In the previous stage of the financing round, ING sustainable investments, the two investment firms 5square and Social Impact Ventures, as well as the conglomerate SCG from Thailand invested EUR11 million. This further funding brings the total financing round to EUR16 million. Rob van der Meij, Capricorn Venture Partners, says: “Sustainability for our Sustainable Chemistry Fund does not only mean bio-based resources. Black Bear is a great example of a true circular economy company; recycling Carbon Black, which has an enormous CO2 footprint, and solving a large waste tire problem at the same time. The low cost and high-quality potential of Black Bear enables a large roll out that will have a positive impact on the environment and create sustainable, local economies around waste tires all over the world.”   Gert van Heuvelen, Particon. says: “We have been following Black Bear over the last three years. The company has developed into a promising circular economy scale-up in the Limburg region showing that sustainable impact can be combined with great economics. We believe that the talented team supported by the strong investor base is well positioned for international growth.”

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Particon has made 2 investments. Their latest investment was in Black Bear Carbon as part of their Unattributed VC - III on November 11, 2018.

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Company

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11/6/2018

Unattributed VC - III

Black Bear Carbon

$5.7M

Yes

1

9/13/2017

Series A

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$99M

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11/6/2018

9/13/2017

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Unattributed VC - III

Series A

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Black Bear Carbon

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$5.7M

$99M

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Yes

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