IWCI Entrepreneur one of MIT’s Innovators Under 35

Henrik Hagemann has been featured in MIT Technology Review’s Innovators Under 35 Europe list for his work on CustoMem.

The Imperial alumnus founded CustoMem in 2015 to develop new solutions in wastewater treatment. The startup’s lead product, CustoMem Granular Media, combines biological and selective material which can be customised for different contaminants. In tests, CGM has been ten times more efficient in filtering out Polyfluoroalkyl—an industrial pollutant—at lower costs when compared to existing solutions.

Hagemman and the rest of the CustoMem team joined the Incubator through their participation in the Venture Catalyst Challenge, later staying on to continue developing the business and product. Earlier this year, the company was awarded a €1.4 million grant in the EU’s highly competitive Horizon 2020 SME Instrument scheme. This allowed CustoMem to increase its operations and move from the IWCI’s shared lab space to its own facilities.