Vortice aims to address the alarming environmental impact of PET bottle production in Europe, which contributes to 17.6 million tons of CO2 emissions annually. The startup is developing an “innovative” soda maker for sparkling and sustainable drinking habits.
The company’s focus on sustainable drinking habits is driven by studies revealing that water bottle production has a CO2 footprint 1,000 to 2,000 times larger than that of tap water.
Vortice’s soda maker offers a green alternative, promoting eco-friendly and convenient sparkling drinks while actively reducing the carbon footprint associated with traditional plastic bottles.
Addressing unhealthy soda habits
Vortice has developed a patented system to address the limitations of traditional reusable bottles. Its portable “activator” and refillable bottle solution allow consumers to add flavour, fizz, and functional supplements to water anywhere, providing an eco-friendly alternative.
Unlike existing systems, Vortice’s innovation uses a smart carbonation cartridge, eliminating the need for an external power source. This development bridges the gap between sustainability and convenience, offering a portable and flavourful option for consumers.
By empowering consumers with healthier alternatives, Vortice aims to reduce environmental damage and encourage a shift towards more responsible beverage choices.
Vortice was founded in 2022 and is led by founder Niels Lammersen and a team of experienced co-founders, including Miron Tigcheler, Robert Ketelarij, Remko Borgers, and Joris Leferink.
With their expertise in food industry innovation and industry networks, Vortice claims to be well-positioned to drive innovation in the beverage tech sector.
Vortice says it will use the funds to develop its “innovative” product and enter the market. The company focuses on addressing societal issues such as health, personalised nutrition, and waste reduction in order to create synergy between water and technology for a positive societal impact.
Brief about the UNIIQ Fund
UNIIQ is a €28.8M investment fund specifically focused on the “proof-of-concept” phase, assisting entrepreneurs in South Holland to accelerate the market entry of their innovative ideas.
Managed by a team of investment specialists, including Innovation Quarter, Leiden University, Erasmus MC, and TU Delft, with Erasmus University joining in 2021, UNIIQ operates with a focus on Early Phase Financing (VFF).
The fund’s application process aligns with a proven investment methodology, and it is supported in part by the European Union, enabling it to play a vital role in promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in the region.