Next generation construction material startup Betolar paves the carbon neutral way for the cement and concrete industries

Betolar is a new materials startup specialised in new geopolymer based carbon neutral construction materials for the construction industry and circular economy. The company closed a 2M€ funding round led by Voima Ventures, and joined by Taaleri Sijoitus Oy and Valve Ventures.

Kannonkoski, Finland. Increasing CO2 levels are affecting nature, food production, lives and economies with growing urgency. One of the biggest single contributors to these numbers is the use of cement as a construction material. In fact, cement produces more CO2 emission than the aviation industry.1,2 For decades the construction industry has not been able to answer the urgent need to decrease the CO2 emissions. Now, Betolar is changing that.

Betolar is transforming the construction industry by aiming to eliminate cement with their geopolymer technology while turning any hazardous industrial side streams into value. They are offering a scalable AI empowered alternative construction material production with up to 80% less carbon emission compared to traditional cement.
Besides emission, Betolar can also reduce the need for virgin raw materials by using side streams like ash.

Founded in 2016, Betolar is one of the few startups in the construction industry. Since then the company has developed its methodology, science and IPRs, and is now selling solutions in three key application areas: concrete products, ready-mixed concrete, and soil stabilization. Strong material physics and advanced analytics knowhow brings the team strong competitive advantage compared to.

Betolar is looking to start the production with one of Finland’s largest concrete product manufacturers, and is currently piloting with various industrial partners in both Sweden and Estonia, with the longer term aim to expand into Asia. For example in India alone cement consumption is s two times that of Europe’s.

“There has been a strong pull for low carbon construction materials in Asia and we are currently preparing our entry to multiple markets.”, says the CEO of Betolar, Matti Löppönen.

Betolar raised a €2M funding round from deep tech fund Voima Ventures as the lead investor, joined by Taaleri impact fund and Valve Ventures. With the new funding Betolar is looking to execute the first pilot projects and start the commercialization of the product to global markets.

“Betolar’s technology is truly challenging the carbon footprint and quality expectations we have for the construction industry and in particular the cement or concrete being used today. Climate change is a pressing matter, and together with Betolar’s industrial partners we are looking forward to being part of making the carbon friendly and new circular economy based construction industry a reality. The global potential is huge, not only for Betolar but for the whole industry and circular ecosystem.”, says Inka Mero, Managing Partner of Voima Ventures.

“When Betolar succeeds they will achieve both excellent financial profit and significant environmental improvements through decreased CO2 emissions and raw material use. Thus, it excellently meets Taaleri Impakti’s investment criteria. We are happy to be involved in this round.”, says Pekka Samuelsson, specialized investment fund Taaleri Impakti’s Investment Director.

About Betolar

Betolar is a construction material startup turning various industrial side streams into environmentally friendly and low carbon construction materials. These materials have a carbon footprint that is up to 80 per cent smaller than conventional cement-based concrete. At the same time, Betolar enables industrial waste stream producers a way to turn their waste into value and thus accelerate the transition towards sustainable construction and a circular economy.

About Voima Ventures

Voima Ventures is a €40M deep tech fund that invests purely in startups with deep tech and scientific backgrounds. Voima Ventures’ mission is to solve major global problems by combining science, entrepreneurship, and capital. Industry domains include bio and new materials, medical technologies and life sciences, imaging and optics, IoT and electronics, robotics, software & ICT and AI. In addition, Voima Ventures is managing a portfolio of VTT Ventures with 20 prominent deep tech companies including Solar Foods, Paptic, and Dispelix. Cornerstone investors are VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and European Investment Fund (EIF), backed by Finnish private and institutional investors.

Contact info

Betolar, CEO
Matti Löppönen
+358 50 3066 335

Voima Ventures, Managing Partner
Inka Mero
+358 45 1214 394