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The Checkerspot Platform

A platform optimizing resources and footprint to go from innovative idea to high performance product

May 2021
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Working with nature, the Checkerspot Platform enables the DESIGN—at the molecular level—of new materials. Our vertically integrated, rapid iteration development process is designed to optimize the time, resources, and environmental footprint it takes to go from innovative ideas to leading, high performance products. Companies are craving new, more sustainable materials to differentiate themselves with, innovators are hungry to work with something new, and consumers are demanding safer, more sustainable materials in their products. The field of materials science has exhausted new permutations of materials derived from petrochemical and commodity vegetable oil monomers. Biology is enabling a post-petroleum future.

Label Date May 26, 2021
From United States
Maturity stage Small scale commercialization
Looking For Network, Visibility, Partners, Credibility

The environmental benefits

  • Checkerspot® Cast Polyurethane: bio based content of at least 58%.
  • Checkerspot® rigid polyurethane foam: bio based content of at least 42%.
  • Midori® biowicking textiles: bio based content of nearly 100%. Use of this textile in comparison to mainstream alternative results in a reduction of GHG emissions by 9x.
  • When compared to other commodity vegetable oils, algae oil is 12x more efficient in land use than soybean oil and 300x more efficient in water use than olive oil.

The Financial benefits

  • Checkerspot Platform has commercialized 3 products to market in 4 years - PU Foam, Cast PU & Wicking. Under the platform, the average development to commercialization time for products is 16 months.
  • Benefits of Wicking Textile in market: improves moisture management, fast dry, 100% biocarbon, readily biodegradable, 8x+ lower carbon footprint than petroleum based wicking finishes.

Activity Region

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Germany, Switzerland,

North america

United States,

  • Headquarters
  • Activity

Company Profile


Checkerspot is a materials innovation company.

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Headquarters Alameda, CA 94501, USA

Networking Partner

Cleantech Group

The Cleantech Group is a company that supports the development and marketability of clean technologies. The Cleantech Group provides members of its Cleantech network access to capital, investors, research and promotional opportunities. The group also provides advisory services for large corporations and governments. Founded in 2002, the Cleantech Group owns the term "cleantech" as a registered trademark.

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