Advertisement: Wild Knight Vodka
Advertisement: CJBS mid banner
Advertisement: Birketts mid banner
Mid banner advertisement: BDO
ARM Innovation Hub
Barr Ellison Solicitors – commercial property
Advertisement: Mogrify mid banner
Advertisement: partnersand mid banner
Advertisement: Cambridge Network mid banner
Advertisement: HCR Hewitsons mid banner
Advertisement: Simpsons Creative mid banner
Advertisement: Bar Ellison mid banner property
Advertisement: TTP
Cambridgeand mid banner advertisement
Advertisement: SATAVIA mid banner
Advertisement: RSM mid banner
Advertisement: S-Tech mid banner 3
Advertisement: Kao Data Centre mid banner
28 June, 2022 - 12:28 By Tony Quested

Concrete progress and new cash for materials tech startup Mimicrete

Mimicrete, a materials technology company from the University of Cambridge, has been awarded a competitive Innovate UK Smart Grant for £450k and unveiled its maiden commercial pilot with JP Concrete.

The JP Concrete project is designed to advance the development of the company’s proprietary self-healing concrete, extending the useful life of new infrastructure and construction projects while greatly reducing unnecessary costs and carbon emissions.

“When the Cambridge team approached us to collaborate on Mimicrete's exciting new research, we were delighted to be involved in advancing this technology” says Vignesh Daas, Director at JP Concrete Products.

Dr Lívia Ribeiro De Souza, CTO at Mimicrete and PostDoc Researcher at the University of Cambridge, added: “The support from Innovate UK allows Mimicrete to continue developing the research into the vascular system for self-healing and provides a platform for commercialisation.” 

Leveraging work conducted within the University of Cambridge's Geotechnical and Environmental Research Group, Mimicrete’s three female founders – along with DeepTech venture builder Cambridge Future Tech – developed a unique approach to disrupt the £800 billion global concrete market which accounts for up to eight per cent of annual carbon emissions today. 

The UK spends £51 billion annually on maintaining infrastructure – the most significant use of concrete products.

Arta Selmani, CEO at Mimicrete, said: “With innovation like Mimicrete’s we can help de-carbonize the construction industry by using less concrete, cutting ongoing maintenance expenditures, yearly carbon emissions and reducing the overall environmental impact.”

With funding from Innovate UK and backing from US-based Venture Investors such as Vest Coast Capital and Leonas Capital, Mimicrete is well positioned to deliver against its near-term R & D and commercialisation plans.

Dr. Liz Zijing Li, COO at Mimicrete and PhD from University of Cambridge, said: “An InnovateUK grant and US venture investment really helps Mimicrete bring this research to fruition and increase our viability.”

The company intends to target select markets within the construction and infrastructure sector, where Mimicrete’s value proposition provides a distinct competitive advantage. 

• JP Concrete has been supplying precast concrete products to civils, construction and agricultural sectors since 2007. It is a part of the Cavalier group of companies. 

Newsletter Subscription

Stay informed of the latest news and features