THE MILLS FABRICA’S 2021
This year in the “New Normal” era, businesses across the whole supply chain have certainly adopted new ways of working. At Fabrica, we have also scaled our international footprint while debuting a new visual identity to mark the global expansion.
In 2021, Fabrica expanded our operation internationally to London, King’s Cross to build a wider community driving a more sustainable future. To mark the global expansion, we have unveiled a new visual identity, including a new logo for Fabrica capturing the successful transformation of a textile legacy into today’s go-to platform accelerating techstyle and agrifood tech innovation.
We have been supporting over 20 innovators under our incubation programme and investment fund, facilitating over 50 pilot discussions with corporates. We have invested in two new companies: a US-based blended materials recycling tech – “Circ” and a UK-based foodtech making sugar from fiber – “The Supplant Company“. We have also onboarded four new incubatees: an HK-based award-winning sustainability & impact media platform – “Green Queen“, an HK-based foodtech developing advanced sous-vide aseptic packaging – “IXON“, a UK based biomaterial startup that develops microbial weaving material – “Modern Synthesis” and a UK-based software service provider for sustainability communications – “Provenance“.
As we facilitated knowledge sharing through content creation, we published 3 research reports promoting circular economy for the industry to create a sustainable way of living and highlighting new disruptive technology through synthetic biology to solve global ESG issues in fashion and food. Importantly, we collaborated with partners like Material Innovation Initiative to analyze the emerging next-gen material industry.
Looking forward, we will continue to build a cross-border techstyle community in Hong Kong and the UK, support our startups to gain more exposure in Asia and Europe, and drive the adoption of impactful innovations in traditional industries.
From all of us at The Mills Fabrica, we wish you a blessed festive holiday and a healthy 2022!
The Mills Fabrica Team
Remarkable Collaborations & Sharings in 2021
This year, adapting to new ways of interaction, we have hosted hybrid events to do knowledge sharing and explore new collaborations with techstyle startups and corporates to promote sustainability and innovation.
- Ecosystem Summit 2021 brought the communities together to address climate change, explore Greater Bay Area collaboration
- Techstyle for Social Good International Student Online Competition 2021 awarded students improving lifestyle tech for the greater good
- Rewire: Sustainability 2021 3-day virtual event, co-organized with Motif inviting 60+ speakers, 10+ hours of content on sustainable standards, new materials innovation, digitalization to 3,700+ audience
- London Craft Week – Innovating Better highlighted material innovations that could save our industry and the planet with 9+ speakers pioneering the space from Bolt Threads, Colorifix, Modern Synthesis, The Supplant Company, Provenance, and more; presented the world-first of all Bolt Thread’s Mylo consortium products at Fabrica X in the UK
Fabrica reports and playbooks shared current techstyle trends and practical tips for industry, investors and founders
Incubatees/ Portfolios Key Achievements in 2021
In this year, startups continued to strive their best to help the world prepare for the post-COVID-19 era.
Abillion’s founder, Vikas Garg, is recognized on the Generation T Asia 2021 list as one of Asia’s leaders of tomorrow for encouraging the world to go vegan.
Aday’s Outfit Repeater Challenge has received an honorable mention in the Retail Innovation Category of the Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Awards 2021.
Algaeing is featured in H&M’s Billion Dollar Collection, a new virtual fashion collection featuring ten startups and their sustainable fashion designs.
Circ has partnered with ANDRITZ to bring its textile recycling technology to a commercial scale with ANDRITZ’s engineering expertise and world-class equipment.
Colorifix has launched a new collection capsule with Pangaia Lab featuring limited-edition tracksuits colored by its microbe-based dye technology.
Evrnu has closed a $15M USD in Series B round led by FullCycle Climate Partners.
Goxip’s CEO, Juliette Gimenez, has participated at this year’s RESHAPE21 Virtual Summit to share her perspectives on reshaping the online shopping experience.
Green Queen has published the new APAC Alternative Industry Report 2021, which features 50 first-hand interviews and provides an in-depth assessment of the alt-protein industry.
Huue is named TIME Best Innovations 2021 under Sustainability and they also received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s America’s Seed Fund.
IXON has been selected as one of the 10 finalists to compete for this year’s Future Food Asia Award, and has advanced into SLINGSHOT 2021’s Global Top 100.
Lumos has passed Endeavor Malaysia’s Local Selection Panel, a program that supports high-impact entrepreneurs and founders in Malaysia.
Mango Materials has been certified as a B Corporation for its tech that uses bacteria to transform methane into biodegradable biopolymer PHA, used as a substitute for plastics.
Modern Synthesis‘s CEO, Jen Keane, has won the Pillar VC’s Founders to Watch Award, which recognizes founders who tackle challenges at the intersection of biology and technology.
Motif hosted a 3D Tech Festival again this year to share about digital product creation, metaverse and more, attracting 5,000+ registrations.
NMES Group has been featured in Monocle’s The Entrepreneurs magazine with their DiPulse Smartsuit.
NTX’s Chief Innovation & Marketing Officer, Jeffrey Hsu, shared his insights on the industry’s development towards circularity in the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics forum.
Provenance‘s founder, Jessi Baker, won the Climate Pioneer category at the P.E.A. Awards, and was named one of the climate changemakers leading the way to safeguard the planet.
Reflaunt has partnered with Harvey Nichols and Yoox-Net-a-Porter to support the luxury brands’ customers resell their pre-loved goods, and secured $2.7M USD in pre-Series A funding.
Renewcell has received an honorable mention in the style category of the Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies 2021, launched a new collection with Kappahl.