CASE STUDY: SAMPSON
Sampson Biobitumen decreases the carbon footprint of asphalt
Sampson is an industrial biotechnology early-stage start-up, launched in June, 2015. They are a sustainable advanced materials manufacturer within the global building materials market, presently in residence at the Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub at the University of Bath.
Sampson are commercialising a range of biobitumen products, developing feedstocks with embedded organic carbon capture and storage (CCS), and designing a manufacturing process with carbon capture and utilization (CCU) functionality to optimise energy efficiency as well as the use-value of by-product waste. In short, they are producing a ‘closed loop’ economy using sustainable organic and waste biomass feedstocks to produce recyclable, low carbon footprint biobitumen building materials.
In March 2017, the EEN invited Sampson to participate in its Innovate2Succeed scheme, which provides innovation and business development support to SMEs. Dr. Becker is a 2017 C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium nominee for an award in the entrepreneurship category (Stanford, MIT, US Department of Energy). In November 2016, Sampson was selected as one of three winners of the Climate-KIC/Birmingham City Council/Encraft West Midlands Climate Innovation Challenge competition. Also, in November of the same year , Innovate UK awarded Sampson a Global Feasibility Study grant, and in June 2016, Sampson was selected to participate in the 2016 Climate-KIC Low Carbon Accelerator Programme in the UK.
Samspon are working in collaboration with Professor Matthew Davidson, who is Director at the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies at the University of Bath. The STBAH is working on a bespoke business programme and the collaboration on research and expertise is an invaluable part of the programme for Sampson.
UPDATE October 2018:
Europe was at the center of a milestone for women in tech today as nonprofit Women Who Tech and tech giant Mozilla announced the winners of the Women Startup Challenge Europe. Women-led startup finalists from across Europe pitched their ventures before a prestigious panel of tech industry executives and investors on 25 October at Paris's City Hall, co-hosted by the office of Mayor Anne Hidalgo.
Sampson Solutions from the UK won the grand prize, receiving $35,000 in funding via Women Who Tech to help scale their startup.
Grand prize winner Sampson Solutions capitalizes on business opportunities precipitated by the Paris climate agreement. Founded by Colleen Becker, Sampson Solutions is creating bio-based construction materials from sustainable sources using a closed-loop, carbon neutral manufacturing process.
This is a great milestone for the business that has been supported by the STBAH programme. Read further detail about the Women Startup Challenge, here.