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Checkerspot is a materials innovation company. It develops a technology that allows designing new materials at a molecular level. The Company uses applications development to prototype and iterate on specific product embodiments. It focuses on two classes of materials: polyurethanes and textile finishes. 

HQBerkeley, US

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Employees (est.) (Mar 2020)27(+4%)

Checkerspot Office Locations

Checkerspot has an office in Berkeley
Berkeley, US (HQ)
740 Heinz Avenue
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Checkerspot Financials and Metrics

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Checkerspot total Funding

$18 m

Checkerspot latest funding size

$13 m

Time since last funding

a year ago

Checkerspot investors

Checkerspot's latest funding round in April 2019 was reported to be $13 m. In total, Checkerspot has raised $18 m
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Checkerspot Online and Social Media Presence

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This Company Thinks Algae Will Make Better Skis

Matt Sterbenz believes his company, WNDR Alpine, may have just made the best ski ever. It happens to be built with algae. The post This Company Thinks Algae Will Make Better Skis appeared first on Checkerspot.


This winter, you can carve the fresh powder of the backcountry on a pair of high-performance, eco-friendly skis designed by world-famous athletes and made from a material produced by microscopic algae. Yes, algae. The skis, made by a rather unconventional Bay Area biotech company, are a new additio…

Nature Unlocked: How Matt Sterbenz is using biobased materials to change the game in skiing

What if sustainably derived materials can not only compete with traditional, petroleum-based materials, but actually beat them out? That was the first question Checkerspot founders asked themselves. Once the Berkeley, California-based biotech startup answered the question resoundingly in the affirma…


We spoke with Scott Franklin, Co-Founder and CSO at Checkerspot. Checkerspot is a synthetic biology company biomanufacturing high quality renewable materials for consumer goods. Scott’s deep technical expertise coupled with his diverse experiences commercializing bio-based products has led him to be…

Gore Innovation Center and Checkerspot Collaborate on High Performance Textiles

Silicon Valley-based Gore Innovation Center announces collaboration with materials startup Checkerspot The post Gore Innovation Center and Checkerspot Collaborate on High Performance Textiles appeared first on Checkerspot.

Cars, Carbon, and Chlamydomonas: How These Five Synthetic Biology Companies Will Disrupt the Automotive Industry

Imagine having a car that runs on carbon emissions - one of the main drivers in climate change. Imagine that your car seat is made with leather from fungi and the fabrics and carpets in your car are stain-repellent and made with algae. The post Cars, Carbon, and Chlamydomonas: How These Five Synthet…
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Checkerspot Frequently Asked Questions

  • When was Checkerspot founded?

    Checkerspot was founded in 2016.

  • How many employees does Checkerspot have?

    Checkerspot has 27 employees.

  • Who are Checkerspot competitors?

    Competitors of Checkerspot include Woodoo, Debut Biotech and NANOGAP.

  • Where is Checkerspot headquarters?

    Checkerspot headquarters is located at 740 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley.

  • Where are Checkerspot offices?

    Checkerspot has an office in Berkeley.

  • How many offices does Checkerspot have?

    Checkerspot has 1 office.