GEC Scaling Factory

The Factory Concept

GEC Scaling Factory
The GEC Factory Scaling programme provides Sustech companies with tailor-made operational services, assets and scaling infrastructure to enable growth and lasting impact. It is established in coordination with the company around its priorities across key operational areas.

The goal is to enable exponential growth by helping on key operational areas and lead the company to their next investment round.

Membership in the factory programme is by invitation only.

You can apply to become a member. The GEC investment committee will review the business case and assess the innovation and its potential contribution towards the achievement of the SDGs and the international climate targets.

Factory Startups


Resortecs enables automated, high-quality textile disassembly to facilitate recycling on an industrial scale. Starting with the way clothing is stitched together and ending with technology that takes them apart ahead of recycling. 


NANOO is the sustainable alternative to conventional heating systems. With infrared and carbon nanotube technology, they achieve the highest levels of efficiency in heat generation, energy consumption and heating cost reduction. Their wall, ceiling and floor heaters are available in a variety of sizes, power ratings and colors. 


Supply chain management software. retraced is a cloud-based sustainability management platform that connects fashion and textile companies with all participants in their supply chains on a single digital platform ensuring efficient data exchange and transparency down to the raw material. More information here.

Adapt Vertical Mills

New concept of vertical windmills suited to low velocity wind, thereby capturing wind energy that is not used by conventional wind mills.


NEFFA is facilitating a compact and transparent supply chain allowing brands to offer innovative, fashionable and sustainable products (bags, footwear and apparel) out of biosourced and vegan materials. 


eekual is a disruptive apparel company. They make perfectly fitting sneakers measured via our app made locally on demand in 40 sm nano factories.

Better Nature

Tempeh is a natural plant-based food that originated in Indonesia over 300 years ago. It is made simply from cultured soybeans and water and it is high in protein, fibre and a source of iron. At Better Nature, they use tempeh to make a range of delicious, nutritious and easy-to-cook foods to help make plant-based eating healthier and more enjoyable.


Cosmetic products developed from expertise and passion. Without animal ingredients, vegan and animal-free with PETA certification.

New Factory Startups Fall 2022


Holloid's 24/7, real-time, image-based in-line monitoring helps producers of food, pharma and energy to reduce costs, improve quality, and raise safety.

Alver World SA

The microalgae Chlorella is not only a sustainable source of protein but also provides the body with vitamins, minerals, fibers, and amino acids. These substances support the immune system, stimulate brain activity, improve general health, help maintain bone density and vision, and are suitable for skin and hair.

Protein Distillery

ProteinDistillery is a food-tech startup which creates a new generation of clean and sustainable proteins for food companies using microorganisms. They purify proteins from residual yeast of the beer brewing process with their innovative process.

enVerde LLC

enVerde LLC is an early stage clean tech organization focused on the successful commercialization of economically viable and environmentally friendly technologies for energy and chemical applications. Their initial work is focused on waste stream conversion to energy sources (waste-to-energy).

Naked Energy

Naked Energy’s purpose is to change energy for good; for the better and forever. They combine engineering, innovation and sustainability to decarbonise heat and power in the built environment, with the world's highest energy density solar collectors.

What benefits are Factory companies receiving?

Factory companies can receive up to 200.000 EUR in services from the GEC. The GEC will offer individual investment proposals or jointly invest with an anchor investor, using a broad range of instruments ranging from grants, via non-dilutive loans to participative schemas.

The GEC will look at all barriers to scale, and tailor its services to deliver concrete solutions for the most pressing needs of its portfolio companies together with its network of senior subject matter experts.

Sustainability Services

What impact do we have on our direct customers?

And indirectly?​

How can we quantify this?

Tech Scaling Services

How do I secure lab access?

How can I get from lab level output to industrial scale production lots?

Market Access Services

Which potential customers should I sell to in NRW, Germany, Europe?

Should I create a direct sales operations or should I partner with someone?

Funding Services

Is my business plan convincing?

What terms are available and acceptable?

Which investors are right for me?

Growing Abroad Services

Which countries to target?

How to build up operations?

How to handle tax and transfer pricing?

IP and Legal Services

How can I protect my innovation?​

Should I file for a patent?

Which contracts should I use?

IT Backbone Services

Which systems will help me scale my operations?

How can I automate my processes and sell better?

Soft Landing Services

Which permits do I need and how do I get approval?

How to staff up here?

How can I get people successfully established here?