Toopi Organics raises over €1M to turn human urine into biofertilizers


Startup Toopi Organics, a company that specializes in the recycling of human urine for agriculture, has raised more than 1 million euros as part of a series A funding round.

With a dozen innovation awards within a year, the company will open a first production unit near Bordeaux by the end of 2020, capable of transforming 750,000 liters of urine per year.

With this funding, TOOPI Organics also intends to structure its collection network, secure the marketing of its urine-based biostimulants, and accelerate its national and European development.

Founded in February 2019 with the support of the BPI and the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region, Toopi Organics has patented a microbiological process to enrich human urine with microorganisms of agronomic interest. The urine, which already contains the NPK fertilizing elements (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium), is decontaminated and converted into biostimulants at a lower cost. Studies by Bordeaux Sciences Agro and the Gironde Chamber of Agriculture have shown that Toopi products are 30 to 110 percent more effective than traditional mineral fertilizers, and can reduce the water requirement of plants.

“Our ecological objective is twofold. In France, we contaminate over 200 billion litres of drinking water every year with our urine, said Michael Roes, CEO and co-founder of Toopi Organics. “Our first objective is to preserve the water resource, by collecting one to five percent of the total volume of urine produced every year. Our second objective is to free farmers from their dependence on mineral fertilizers, by offering them a true ecological alternative, with a range of biofertilizers that are more effective and cheaper than chemical products.”

According to Dr. Pierre Huguier, scientific director and co-founder of Toopi Organics, two key French distributors of fertilizers are now part of the company’s shareholders. “Our efforts will focus in the coming months on strengthening our patent portfolio, obtaining regulatory approval to launch our products on the market, and setting up urine collection and processing units, first in France, then in the Benelux, where partners are waiting for us,” he said.

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