Sydney, NSW

Case studies

Meet CleanBarrow. Cleaning up building sites with a planet friendly innovation.

Challenge

CleanBarrow was faced with the challenge of accessing growth capital at an affordable rate. Establishing enterprises typically expose investors to higher levels of risk than businesses with a track record of profitability.

Solution

The investment was made incrementally, contingent upon a series of predetermined milestones to guide business development. At each funding round the valuation of the enterprise increased in line with their probability of execution.

Impact

CleanBarrow's SLURRYTUB enables an affordable, safe and water saving method for disposal of concrete slurry, which is highly alkaline (~12-13pH) and contains toxic solids.

About CleanBarrow

CleanBarrow's SLURRYTUB is a portable, low cost filtering system to remove cement and concrete slurry from building sites and prevent contamination of waterways and urban environments. It uses patented technology that is Australian owned and made. The solution uses a recyclable polypropylene tub, lined with a disposable, biodegradable filter that separates and collects the sediment for safe, dry disposal while allowing cleared water to either drain or be captured for recycling on the job.

Why choose Beckon?

Beckon’s Impact Enterprise Fund No. 1 investment criteria mandates that establishing enterprises must have a clear a path and be within 18 months to profitability. In collaboration with CleanBarrow we developed a roadmap outlining key milestones for business development. Capital was invested into the business incrementally as the organisation met hurdles such as filing patents and achieving a determined monthly recurring revenue.

How did Beckon help?

CleanBarrow have progressed through the Beckon Capital Investment Process from Initial Contact to Investment Committed in 9 weeks.

Due to their maturity, CleanBarrow were provided significant mentoring and governance advice from the Beckon investment team to strengthen their investment case, including pricing strategies, intellectual property protections and logistics/supply chain options.

Impact Achieved

SLURRYTUB revolutionises onsite construction wet waste clean-up. It is a portable, low cost filtering system to remove cement slurry from building sites and prevent contamination of waterways and urban environments. SLURRYTUB collects toxic and highly alkaline sediments (~12-13pH, similar to household bleach) from cement slurry and waste wash water. The collected sediments can be later disposed with the dry construction waste and the cleared water can be drained in a protected washout area or recycled on the job. The biodegradable filters remove over 99% of total suspended solids and significantly reduces the amount of water required. SLURRYTUB is certified by GECA.

'CleanBarrow is a private company with an Australian innovation called SLURRYTUB that will revolutionise onsite construction wet waste clean-up. We approached Beckon Capital nearly a year ago with a prototype, a patent application and a business plan, and they have been a pleasure to work with ever since. They really understood the potential of our product and have been very helpful in developing our strategy and our journey to market. The funding documentation process and structuring of milestones was logical and well understood by all parties. Our approach has been to ensure there are no surprises for Beckon and in return they have been transparent, supportive and collegiate. We highly recommend Beckon based on our experience'. - CleanBarrow

Challenge

CleanBarrow was faced with the challenge of accessing growth capital at an affordable rate. Establishing enterprises typically expose investors to higher levels of risk than businesses with a track record of profitability.

Solution

The investment was made incrementally, contingent upon a series of predetermined milestones to guide business development. At each funding round the valuation of the enterprise increased in line with their probability of execution.

Impact

CleanBarrow's SLURRYTUB enables an affordable, safe and water saving method for disposal of concrete slurry, which is highly alkaline (~12-13pH) and contains toxic solids.