North Carolina-based startup Natrx has secured $3.5 million in seed funding for its innovative coastal resiliency technology. The company, which specializes in nature-based solutions for coastal restoration and protection, aims to address the growing challenges of climate change and coastal erosion. The funding round was oversubscribed and led by London-based Ponderosa Ventures, with participation from Oval Park Capital, Fulcrum Financial Partners, Silverstrand Capital, and TITAN Cement. This brings Natrx’s total funding raised to $5.2 million.
Natrx’s products have a wide range of applications and customers, including private landowners, coastal asset holders, conservation organizations, governmental entities, and large energy companies. The company works in partnership with coastal engineers and marine contractors to implement its projects. Using artificial intelligence, Natrx assesses coastal risks and designs custom-made structures that are both nature-compatible and effective in addressing the identified issues. The company also evaluates the financial and ecological benefits of each project.
Founded in 2018 by Leonard Nelson and Matt Campbell, both graduates of North Carolina State University, Natrx operates in a state uniquely affected by coastal erosion, with a population of approximately 1.2 million living on its coasts. Recognizing that coastal resilience and adaptation challenges are not limited to North Carolina, Natrx has recently expanded its projects to Louisiana and Hawaii.
The need for coastal resiliency solutions is growing worldwide due to rising seas and increased storm intensity. Natrx aims to protect homes, communities, and infrastructure more cost-effectively while collaborating with biodiversity for better outcomes. Ponderosa co-founder and lead investor Evi Steyer sees extensive potential for Natrx, with coastal climate risk affecting over half of the world’s population. Steyer believes Natrx is well-positioned for long-term growth and commercial success.
As the impacts of climate change continue to pose threats to coastal areas globally, innovative startups like Natrx are crucial in developing sustainable solutions. The company’s nature-based technology and manufacturing products offer a promising approach to coastal restoration and resiliency, providing hope for coastal communities facing the challenges of a changing climate.