9 August 2012

Solegear Completes Series A Financing Led by Yaletown Venture Partners

Bioplastic-technology group sets important step towards industry leaders

Solegear Bioplastics Inc., a developer of award-winning bioplastic technologies, today announced it has secured Series A financing, led by Yaletown Venture Partners and joined by a number of leading angel investors.

“The completion of this major financing milestone is yet another important step toward Solegear’s goal of being a leader in the bioplastics industry,” says Solegear founder and CEO, Toby Reid. “Our focus on customizing our Polysole® bioplastic solutions for our customers’ unique sustainability needs has allowed us to differentiate in the marketplace. By creating a network of strategic partners for R&D, distribution and fulfillment, we are able to access the very latest biopolymer technology and deliver high-performance bioplastics products at a competitive price. This capital-efficient business model has been very appealing to both our customers and the investment community.”

“We believe Solegear is in a strong position to capitalize on the fast growing bioplastic sector by having a suite of high performance bioplastics that provides brand owners with the performance features they need at prices competitive with traditional petroleum based alternatives,” said Salil Munjal, Partner with Yaletown Venture Partners. “Solegear’s modular technology platform forms the basis of a smart business model that is both customer-centric and scalable.”

Solegear’s Polysole® bioplastic material will continue to be extended into different high-performance applications, widening the platform from which the company produces its 100% bio-based, non-toxic and compostable bioplastics.

“This funding allows Solegear to accelerate its commercialization with key global customers to deliver customized bioplastic solutions that meet their sustainability objectives to rethink packaging, remove toxicity and reduce their footprint,” says Solegear Executive Chair, Paul Antoniadis.

About Solegear Bioplastics Inc.
Solegear, based in Vancouver BC, engineers, produces and distributes high-performance bioplastics made from rapidly renewable resources. Founded in 2006, Solegear has developed proprietary bioplastics formulations under the brand name Polysole® – a 100% bio-based, non-toxic and compostable bioplastic. In 2010, Solegear was awarded Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Award recognizing outstanding achievement and superior performance in leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development.

About Yaletown Venture Partners
Yaletown Venture Partners is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada with offices in Calgary and Seattle. Yaletown is backed by leading institutional investors and by a network of successful technology entrepreneurs, executives, and angel investors. Yaletown leverages an extensive on-the-ground network to seek out the most promising early stage Cleantech and IT companies. Founded in 2002, Yaletown is led by a team that brings together an extensive network of industry relationships and more than 120 years collective experience building and financing technology companies.

Solegear Bioplastics Inc.
Stephanie Zahn, CMO
phone: 778.999.9472
email: szahn@solegear.ca

Source: Solegear Bioplastics Inc., press release, 2012-08-09.


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