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ALGAE IN THE NEXT GENERATION OF MATERIALS

ALGAE IN THE NEXT GENERATION OF MATERIALS 312 162 checkerspot

Checkerspot, a start-up materials company, is using biotechnology to harness the power of nature, fermenting algae to produce novel bio-based oils for use in materials in the outdoor recreational sector and an expanding number of other applications.

THE GREEN SKI REVOLUTION: MATT STERBENZ LAUNCHES THE WNDR ALPINE SKI BRAND

THE GREEN SKI REVOLUTION: MATT STERBENZ LAUNCHES THE WNDR ALPINE SKI BRAND 259 59 checkerspot

My eyes light up, as do his, highlighting his new vision of ski production. For the past year, Sterbenz has been the General Manager for Wintersports of Checkerspot—a biotech company based out of Berkeley, California. The task at hand: re-imagine the construction of skis using a new material derived from algae oil.

THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

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Could a Bay Area biotechnology company reinvent what’s in our ski gear

“The outdoor industry is ripe for technological advancements at this level,” Sterbenz continues. “This opportunity is something that could be widely disruptive. And necessary, I think, in the industry.”

PERFORMANCE IS THE KEY AS CHECKERSPOT PREPARES TO LAUNCH A PRODUCT FOR THE WINTER SPORTS MARKET

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THE FUNDAMENTAL THINGS APPLY: THE RISE OF CHECKERSPOT AND SUPERMATERIALS

THE FUNDAMENTAL THINGS APPLY: THE RISE OF CHECKERSPOT AND SUPERMATERIALS 1125 336 checkerspot

“Checkerspot is differentiated in its approach by focusing on more rapidly bringing to market high value materials with unique properties presently unavailable with traditional manufacturing processes. At Builders we partner with companies that are developing real solutions to modernize antiquated industries. Checkerspot’s approach of integrating biotechnology and materials science, then demonstrating the value of rapid prototyping and applications development, is exactly that,” said Jim Kim of Builders VC. He continued, “We fully expect that Checkerspot’s platform development and expansion into a wide range of industries will usher in a new way of thinking for how product designers apply and source performance materials.”

CHECKERSPOT RAISES $13M SERIES A TO PRODUCE BIOTECH-ENABLED PERFORMANCE MATERIALS

CHECKERSPOT RAISES $13M SERIES A TO PRODUCE BIOTECH-ENABLED PERFORMANCE MATERIALS 750 212 checkerspot

CHECKERSPOT CLOSES $13 MILLION SERIES A LED BY BUILDERS VC

CHECKERSPOT CLOSES $13 MILLION SERIES A LED BY BUILDERS VC 750 573 checkerspot

A MATERIAL NEW INVESTMENT

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We (Breakout Ventures) have just invested in Checkerspot, a company using biological foundries to produce new materials sustainably.

BIOTECHNOLOGY MEETS FASHION AND SPORTS PERFORMANCE: TRENDS IN THE APPAREL INDUSTRY

BIOTECHNOLOGY MEETS FASHION AND SPORTS PERFORMANCE: TRENDS IN THE APPAREL INDUSTRY 750 212 checkerspot

FASHION FOR GOOD ANNOUNCES NEW GROUP OF INNOVATORS

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