500 Startups backs $2.55m funding in Singapore’s SEPPURE

SEPPURE co-founders (left to right): Dr. Mohammad Farahani and Dr. Amir Taheri

Singapore-based chemical separation technology startup SEPPURE  has announced raising $2.55 million in its seed funding round backed by Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm and accelerator 500 Startups.

The funding round was led by US-based multi-stage venture fund SOSV and participated by Singapore government-owned innovation platform SGInnovate, Entrepreneur First, Belmond Capital, Koh Boon Hwee (Chairman of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Board of Trustees, and other prominent investors.

In a statement, SEPPURE, founded last year by Mohammad Farahani and Amir Taheri, said the fresh funding will be used to scale-up the production of chemical-resistant nano-filters and finance industrial-scale pilots with potential customers.

SEPPURE creates a new generation of nano-filters for chemical separation and purification in multiple industries. Many global industries, from food to pharmaceuticals, rely on the science behind chemical separation and purification.

These processes, however, have become one of the world’s largest polluters, accounting for up to 15 per cent of the planet’s entire energy consumption, the startup said.

“By actively reducing the overall ecological footprint of one of the most polluting industries worldwide, we are conserving billions of gallons of water typically used by the traditional distillation process, as well as a million tonnes in unnecessary organic compound emissions,” the company said on its website.

SEPPURE last raised $180,000 in its pre-Seed funding round backed by Entrepreneur First, SOSV, and US-based full-stack accelerator for hardware startups HAX, in December 2018.

“SEPPURE’s technology represents a quantum leap in the nanofiltration arena as it significantly reduces waste and inefficiency in commonly used chemical separation processes,” said Vishal Harnal, General Partner at 500 Startups.

Farahani received his Ph.D. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from the National University of Singapore while Taheri received his Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the Nanyang Technological University.

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.