The steel industry is responsible for about 4% to 7% of global CO2 emissions and is facing significant pressure to decarbonize. The progress towards carbon neutrality will require an increase in scrap-based electric arc furnaces and a secure supply of high-quality feedstock. End of life steel scrap is often contaminated by tramp elements (e.g., Cu) that originate from copper wires and motors in automobiles, appliances & machinery and can lead to defects in the final steel product. The sector is challenged by opposing trends in the demand for low quality, copper tolerant end products (e.g., construction) and high quality, low copper automotive steels and the constraint of increasing copper contamination of scrap.
By 2025-2030, steel manufactures will need to implement solutions to manage these constraints. We are looking for a solution that can economically upgrade end of life steel scrap to a high-quality feedstock with <0.06wt% copper content.
Chrysalix Venture Capital will award up to $250K USD for the winning solution, and successful, start-up worthy solutions that achieve the 6-12 month project milestones will have the opportunity for additional follow-on equity funding of $1M+ from the Chrysalix RoboValley Fund.
Chrysalix Venture Capital Chrysalix is a global venture capital fund with a long history commercializing step-change innovation for resource intensive industries. We invest in intelligent systems, energy technology and resource productivity solutions to deliver outsized financial returns and environmental sustainability. By teaming up with leading industrial companies and outstanding entrepreneurs, Chrysalix connects market driven problems to breakthrough solutions. Founded in Vancouver, Canada in 2001, Chrysalix has one of the strongest investment teams in the industry with deep energy, technology and entrepreneurial expertise, and is backed by more than 20 international blue chip industrial and financial investors.
Severstal PAO Severstal (“Severstal”, “the Company”, or “the Group”) is a vertically integrated steel and steel-related mining business with its major assets located in Russia. The Company was founded in 1955 at the Cherepovets Steel Mill in Russia. Severstal’s strategy is aimed at further strengthening its financial performance, maximising value creation and enhancing shareholder returns, whilst not harming its employees and minimising its impact on the environment. Severstal’s strategic priorities are providing a superior client experience, cost leadership and embracing new opportunities, supported by Severstal’s advanced corporate culture. The Company comprises two major operational divisions: Severstal Resources and Severstal Russian Steel
Chrysalix Venture Capital will award up to $250K USD for the winning solution.
The prize money:
Successful, start-up worthy solutions that achieve the 6-12 month project milestones will have the opportunity for additional follow-on equity funding of $1M+ from the Chrysalix RoboValley Fund.
How Do I Win
To be eligible for an award, your proposal must be submitted by Friday, October 16, 2020 at 5 pm PST and at a minimum:
In scope solutions will:
Out of scope solutions:
Additionally, submissions that meet the minimum eligibility criteria will be evaluated with the following questions in mind:
The challenge is open to all adult individuals, private teams, public teams, and collegiate teams. Submissions must be made in English. All challenge-related communication will be in English. No specific qualifications or expertise in the field is required.
To be eligible to compete, you must comply with all the terms of the challenge as defined in the Challenge-Specific Agreement.
Registration and Submissions:
Submissions must be made online only, via upload to the HeroX.com website, on or before 5pm PST on Friday, October 16, 2020 . All uploads must be in PDF format. No late submissions will be accepted.
Intellectual Property Rights:
Will be according to the respective Academic Partners’ policy or defined at contracting upon awarding the prize. The sponsors will not have default rights to the Intellectual Property.
Selection of Winners:
Based on the winning criteria, prizes will be awarded per the Judging Criteria section above. In the case of a tie, the winner(s) will be selected based on the highest votes from the Judges.
In the case of no winner, Chrysalix Venture Capital reserves the right to withhold the Prize amount.
The determination of the winners will be made by members of the Chrysalix Investment Team and select members of our Limited Partners by invitation.