"SPA BioMicroGel" Yekaterinburg startup allocated 25 million rubles for expansion of production
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28 December 2016

"SPA BioMicroGel" Yekaterinburg startup allocated 25 million rubles for expansion of production

Manufacturers of innovation cleaning agents, graduates from the GenerationS accelerator arranged by RVC and residents of Skolkovo fund, «SPA BioMicroGel» from Yekaterinburg invested 25 million rubles in expansion of production including building of a new plant in 2016.


Manufacturers of innovation cleaning agents, graduates from the GenerationS accelerator arranged by RVC and residents of Skolkovo fund, «SPA BioMicroGel» from Yekaterinburg invested 25 million rubles in expansion of production including building of a new plant in 2016.

As of the end of December 2016, the company expands its supply geography by 10-20 new sales points per week. Following the results of the year, cleaning agents of the Ural production are sold in seven cities in Ural, Siberia and Central Russia: in April, the products appeared on the selves of Yekaterinburg stores for the first time, in October — in Tomsk and Seversk, in November — in Chelyabinsk, and in December — in Moscow, Voronezh and Beryozovskiy. Household cleaning products from Yekaterinburg are all together sold in almost 200 retail outlets and online stores. During the first six months, it was all about neighbourhood stores specialising on cosmetics and household chemicals, as well as eco-product stores, but during the following six months, medium and big regional retail chains, in particular, 11 hypermarkets of «Kirovskiy», «Golden Apple» and «Hyperbola» retail chains, etc. joined sale of new products.

Growth in number of deliveries and contracts caused the need to expand the production. New equipment for total amount of more than 15 million rubles was purchased. Almost one third of the sum, 4 millions, was the aid grant to the technopark residents to indemnify expenses related to manufacturing and sale of innovation products granted by the Ministry of industry and science of Sverdlovsk Oblast within a framework of the state program «Development of industry and science in the territory of Sverdlovsk Oblast». Jointly, investments in the company, including building of the plant, constituted 25 million rubles in 2016. Renovated facilities of «SPA BioMicroGel» located in Yekaterinburg are expected to be completely loaded in the beginning of 2017.

«Our purpose now is to increase annual production of the final products by 10-12 times and ensure supplies for the contracts with the major federal retail chains and internet stores negotiations with which are on the final stage. The new manufacturing site allows us to achieve this purpose in the upcoming year,» Andrey Yelagin, CEO, said.

In March, «SPA BioMicroGel» made a decision to diversify its business and launch to the consumer market of household chemicals, a new line of the products for household under the global band «BioMicroGel» that includes 10 products: 5 products in ECO series and 5 products in PRO series. Before this time, from 2014, the company supplied bio degradable agents to the professional cleaning agencies, car washes and HORECA enterprises, but as crisis fell, the market began to decrease which became an incentive to search for alternative markets.

«The decision to move to retail chains met our expectations and made it possible to increase our own current assets. For the nine months of 2016, from April to December, amounts of our contracts grew by almost ten times. Revenue for the second six month of 2016 became almost three times greater comparing to the first six month, and in December, «BioMicroGel» doubled sales of innovation household chemicals comparing to November,» reported Andrey Yelagin. 

The compositions are based on the substance patented by the Uralians — microgel of polysaccharide from the modified pectin and cellulose with a trademark biomicrogel ®. Adding them to the cleaning agents significantly reduces the amount of harmful components in the compositions, makes them completely biodegradable and allows excluding synthetic SAA, toxic alcohols and phosphates.

Besides the ecological household chemicals and professional cleaning agents, «SPA BioMicroGel» continues developing chemical dispersants to fight oil spills and optimizing technology of clearing industrial wastewater. TechPhos and TechCaus cleaning agents for industrial technological equipment (heat-exchange, boiler, capasitive, etc.) were developed and released to the market in partnership with the Ural-Siberian company «NEKSAN».


About company
«SPA BioMicroGel» specialises in development and manufacturing of the agents cleaning water and solid surface from complex pollution. In 2014, the company was recognized as one of 30 best technological start-ups of the world at the Falling Walls international forum, from 2015, it presented its developments twice at SLUSH, the leading European innovation conference, and from 2016, it is a participant of the largest international EU program for development of science technologies «Horizon 2020».
Initially, «SPA BioMicroGel» was founded in 2012 by the engineer and novice entrepreneur Vadim Turygin in order to develop technologies of oily water treatment (oil, oil products, lubricants, etc.). Now, company activity develops in five main directions. The first direction is water oil spills remediation, the second — cleaning of industrial waste water from lubricants and metals at the facilities, the third — separation of metal-working lubricants for production sites, the fourth — soil decontamination and fifth — household chemicals safe for environment and humans.
Cleaning agents based on biomicrogels ® are certified according to GOST, with the Russian Federal Consumer Rights Protection and Human Health Control Service, Ministry of healthcare, Hygienic and Epidemiological Center.
The company has 5 Russian patents for its inventions and Rospatent even included «SPA BioMicroGel» developments in 100 best inventions of Russia 2015. Furthermore, 3 international and 10 foreign patent applications according to PCT, that secure developers’ worldwide intellectual property rights.

About GenerationS
GenerationS is the largest start-up-accelerator in Russia and Eastern Europe, a federal platform for developing corporate acceleration toolwork. It has been held by RVC since 2013. More than 20 Russian corporations, interested in the selection and acceleration of start-ups, have become customers and corporate partners to GenerationS Following the results of multi-stage expertise, GenerationS participants will receive rich opportunities for business development and attraction of investments, access to resources and infrastructure of the accelerator partners. In 2016, 4237 applications for participation in GenerationS from 30 countries of the world were submitted. GenerationS-2016 prize fund will be 15 million rubles, total value of prizes from the partners will exceed 100 million rubles.

About RVC
RVC JSC is a government fund of funds and a development institute of the Russian Federation. Main objectives of RVC JSC: encouraging the creation of Russia’s venture capital industry and performing functions of the National Project Office of the Technology Initiative (NTI). RVC’s authorized capital amounts to more than 30 billion rubles.100% of the company capital is owned in full by the Russian Federation represented by the Russian Federal Agency for State Property (Rosimuschestvo). The total number of RVC funds has reached 21, their total size is 32.4 billion rubles. The share of RVC is 19.9 billion rubles. The number of innovative companies approved for investment by RVC funds reached 193. The total volume of approved investments is 17.2 billion rubles.

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