So this Newsletter covers both March and April. We had two major WMF events during this period:
- we had the jury of our 2020 Start Up Challenge on March 13th and we announced on March 20th the list of our 18 nominees
- together with our partners and due to COVID 19 we decided to postpone WMF 2020 from June 10th/11th to August 26th/27th
One major news of the period is with Waymo raising 2.25 billion $ to speed up the development of autonomous vehicles.
Some new angles as well in the field of critical materials, be copper as an anti virus and bacteria metal, be new materials promoted thanks to shortage on others or be a new Japanese view on critical materials dynamics to 2050.
And a wide range of innovations from universities, MNCs and Start Ups: new polymer fast degrading at Cornell, recycling PET into anode material at Purdue, thin tin dioxyde semiconductors at University of Tokyo, new e wastes recycling technologies at CEA, new water related technologies as highlighted by OCDE, double win on shelf life and recyclability for Gerber baby food and enzymes to be used for high quality new bottles at Carbios.
Finally some good news (be deals, awards, fundings, new product launches or papers) coming from our WMF start up alumni with Aerosint (Belgium), Akryvia (France), BComp (Switzerland), Carbios (France), Citrine Informatics (USA), Imagine Ontelligent Materials (Australia), Kebotix (USA), Nawa Technologies (France), Thrupore (USA) and Woodoo (France).