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londonbusinessblog.com Disrupt 2022 — the first personal Disrupt in three years — is in the books. And as always, we end with the crowning of the Startup Battlefield winner.

It started with 20: As experienced londonbusinessblog.com readers will know, startups participating in the Startup Battlefield were carefully chosen to participate in the event. During the first two days of Disrupt, the companies pitched in front of judges – multiple groups of VCs and tech leaders – for a chance to win $100,000 and the coveted Battlefield Cup.

After much deliberation, londonbusinessblog.com’s editors dug into the judges’ notes and narrowed the list down to five finalists: Advanced Ionics, AppMap, Intropic Materials, Minerva Lithium, and Swap Robotics.

They pitched for the final judges today, including: Mar Hershenson (Pear VC), Yahoo CEO Jim Lanzone, Aileen Lee (Cowboy Ventures), londonbusinessblog.com Editor-in-Chief Matthew Panzarino, David Tisch (BoxGroup) and Richard Won (Accelerate). A startup came out victorious. Without a doubt!

Winner: Minerva Lithium

Minerva lithium has produced Nano Mosaic, a coordinated polymer framework that looks a bit like black gravel, extracting critical materials from brine in just three days. Minerva says it can extract one ton of lithium with just 30,000 gallons of water, and it can do it in three days. Evaporative brine processing has to evaporate 500,000 gallons of water to get the same amount of lithium. Just one gram of this absorbent material has a surface area equivalent to that of a football field, which should give you an idea of ​​how little you need to extract a large amount of minerals. Read our coverage of Minerva Lithium here.

Second Place: Intropical Materials

Plastics are great for so many things, but they last an awfully long time. Intropical springs to the rescue with a range of enzymes that can be added to plastics at the beginning of their life cycle, before they are even made into products. The additives the company makes have been proof-of-concept tested and it aims to change the way plastics are made and discarded. Intropic’s additives make many of the most commonly used plastics biodegradable in normal commercial composting. The enzymes are added to the granules or powders used in normal plastic production. This gives plastics new, biodegradable possibilities without changing the manufacturing processes used to make plastic products. At the end of the life cycle, when it is time to dispose of the material, the products can be composted into their constituent parts. Read our coverage of Intropic here.

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