Unleashing the power of circularity

Our core

Volta Circle is an evergreen VC fund, focused on technology-driven solutions and business models that reshape extractive, linear economic systems into circular, regenerative, and restorative ones. The firm is part of the Lohia family office, the founders and majority shareholders of Indorama Ventures Ltd. (IVL). We offer flexible and patient capital from successful entrepreneurs who have built a worldwide industry leader, with a vision to create a more sustainable future for our planet.

Volta Circle is managed by a team of investment professionals with deep experience spanning both early and late-stage investing, with support from world leading technical experts across our areas of interest, and access to tier 1 corporates and business leaders. We combine the best elements from multiple investment approaches, including the resources and insight of industrial operators, the flexibility and long-term approach of a family office, and the mindset and commitment to outsized returns of a VC fund. 

Stage

Seed to Series A – with the possibility to invest at later stages

Ticket

$500k - $5M

Regions

Focus on Europe & US, in addition to emerging ecosystems of interest (e.g. India)

Strategy

Lead/Co-Lead (Seed-Series A) or Follow (Series B+)

Lens

Companies that can have both an outsized economic and planetary health impact

Horizon

An evergreen investor with a long-term view for maximum value creation, able to support across multiple rounds

Approach

We invest where we can materially contribute to success post-investment. Our support covers areas such as industry insight, commercial networks, technology testing and development, along with fundraising.

We have a unique ability to draw upon the combined expertise of Volta Circle’s own accomplished team, IVL's deep industry knowledge, and the perspectives of external specialist advisors.

Our portfolio

Volta Circle invests in ventures which aim to reduce waste and pollution, design closed-loop systems, and restore planetary health.

Prevention

Focus areas include upstream technologies (e.g. AI) reducing waste production during design and manufacturing processes and optimizing inefficiency across the supply chain. Along with novel materials made out of waste, carbon or biomass feedstocks creating new categories of packaging and textiles, or the building blocks (precursors) for these and other materials.


Consumption

Focus areas include responsible direct to consumers brands in the fashion, beauty and food space. Along with circularity-driven business models ecommerce platforms which include b2c and peer-to-peer resale solutions across consumer industries, as well as b2b recommerce software enablers and reverse logistic solutions for moving goods from customers back to retailers.


Valorization

Focus areas include closed-loop recycling technologies for solid waste (packaging and textiles) using low-impact chemical and biological processes. Along with the enabler solutions facilitating these processes by increasing feedstock supply – like collection, procurement, sorting, pre-processing and traceability for recyclability.


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Aday

Women’s fashion brand combining seasonless design with advanced fabrics and a sustainable supply chain

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Algramo

Smart dispensing system that allows you to buy the amount of product you need without single-use packaging

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Arborea

Microalgae platform industrializing photosynthesis to drive a more secure and sustainable food system

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Byju’s

India’s largest online education program with engaging video lessons and personalized learning

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Clarity

Integrated platform for reliable and trustworthy environmental monitoring at scale for governments and businesses

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Cognixion

Pioneering the field of “Assistive Reality” with BCI + AR to empower those with communication disabilities

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DayTwo

Gut-microbiome sequencing AI technology enabling precision nutrition for people with diabetes

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Freshket

Operator of a web-based sourcing platform created to connect restaurants and suppliers of fresh produce in one integrated marketplace

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Glowb

Accelerating the UK transition to cleaner and more self-sufficient home energy management

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Kukua

The first African edutainment platform, offering entertainment-based learning to empower and inspire children

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Lizee

Full-service and turn-key technology platform to help brands kickstart and manage their rental services

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Melibio

Leveraging precision fermentation to make honey without bees

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Mend

Plant-based pharmaceutical company pairing scientifically-backed ingredients with clinical trials

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Novameat

Technology platform for whole-cut meat substitutes through advanced tissue engineering technologies

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Optoro

Offers a complete returns solution that helps retailers process, manage, and sell their returned and excess inventory

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Perfect Day

Bio-technology leader that has commercialized the world’s first animal-free dairy protein

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Shiru

Biotech platform identifying and creating new ingredients for their partners to commercialize delicious, nutritious, and sustainable foods

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The Livekindly Co

The largest consolidation platform of plant-based meat brands

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Vestiaire Collective

Leading marketplace for second-hand luxury and designer fashion

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The team

In addition to our full-time investment team, Volta Circle has built a network of expert venture partners and advisors across key industries and executive roles, ensuring our thinking remains cutting edge and that we bring value to our founders from day 1. 

Investment team

Catia Cesari
Managing PartnerGeneva

Catia co-founded Volta Circle alongside the Lohia family, driven by her passion for creating tangible and sustainable change through backing like-minded entrepreneurs. As managing partner, Catia spearheads all investments at the firm. For the past 30 years Catia has been relentless in promoting sustainability, whilst transforming and investing in world leading companies such as General Electric, Gucci Group, JAB Luxury, Coty and several private equity firms; her roles have spanned business development, M&A, and human capital executive level positions. Today Catia serves as a non-executive and advisory board member for a number of consumer companies.


Alberto Slikta
Venture PartnerHouston & São Paulo

Alberto joined Volta Circle as a venture partner to continue his lifelong passion for chemistry and innovation and works closely with our portfolio companies to accelerate their progress. Alberto contributes a wealth of experience owing to his illustrious career spanning senior commercial and technical roles at some of the worlds most respected chemicals companies including Indorama Ventures, AkzoNobel, Atochem, and Bayer.


Harley Green
Venture PartnerLondon

Harley joined Volta Circle to further his passion for investing in climate positive companies. As Venture Partner, Harley supports the team in identifying opportunities across the waste management landscape. Harley was previously principal at a London-based pre-seed & seed fund; leading their climate investment thesis, sitting on the board of several companies, and also investing as an institutional LP into venture funds. Prior to venture, Harley joined a fast scaling fintech startup which since exited for over $100M, and before this had operational experience in deep-tech talent acquisition. Harley holds an M.Sc. in Economics and Finance from Durham University.


Clara Camesasca
Senior AssociateMilan

Clara joined Volta Circle to execute her passion for sustainability and innovation. As senior associate, Clara focuses on deal sourcing and execution globally, while fostering the constant refinement of the investment thesis and strategy. Clara was the first person to join the team, thus backing the build up of thesis and portfolio, and being involved at various levels in 20+ investments over the past 4 years. Prior to Volta Circle, Clara had experiences in the startup ecosystem and as a sustainability consultant. She holds an M.Sc. in Sustainability Management from ESCP and a B.Sc. in Business Administration from Bocconi University.


Deepak Nahata
Finance ManagerBangkok

As finance manager, Deepak oversees financial due diligence and tracks portfolio performance. Deepak has over a decade of experience in various facets of finance; including business planning, project evaluation, M&A, setting up internal controls and working with large manufacturing and trading corporations. Deepak is also chief of staff to deputy GCEO Suchitra Lohia at IVL.


Natalia Fares
AssociateLondon

Natalia joined Volta Circle to pursue a passion for impact investing and to champion entrepreneurs tackling climate change. As an associate Natalia focuses on company due diligence, industry research, deal sourcing, and more. After graduating from Brown University in 2021, and completing several internships in the sustainable investing and startup space, Natalia worked in New York as an M&A associate in the consumer industry for three years, leading sourcing initiatives, financial and commercial due diligence, and valuation efforts for hundreds of acquisition and investment targets. Positions at a fast-paced scale-up as well as a small, Blackstone-backed startup have given Natalia experience from both the investor and operator perspectives.


Storm Sunderland
Material Innovation AdvisorLondon

Storm joined Volta Circle to champion ambitious founders tackling critical global problems. As an advisor Storm provides insights on companies developing circular material solutions for the fashion industry. After graduating from Durham University, she attended Stanford University to learn from founders and VCs across the Bay Area. Storm has experience working in startups having been a founders associate at a foodtech company developing alternative protein, and building out a social platform in the field of 'humane technology'.


Board of directors

Suchitra Lohia
Co-Founder & Co-ChairwomanBangkok

Suchitra founded Volta Circle to foster other businesses in building a resilient future. As co-founder of Indorama Ventures (IVL), a world leading industrial group and one of the largest plastic recyclers, Suchitra brings a wealth of expertise in entrepreneurship and sustainability. Today Suchitra serves as executive director on the board of IVL and the deputy group CEO. Apart from her duties as a director, she chairs the global CSR Committee and the IVL Foundation; a non-profit supporting projects that will have a meaningful and positive impact on the lives of women and children, along with the environment. At IVL, Suchitra plays a vital role in promoting a culture of positive stewardship.


Aradhana Lohia Sharma
Co-Founder & Co-ChairwomanBangkok

Aradhana co-founded Volta Circle to drive innovation in businesses that advance the circular model. As a business leader she has a passion for ideas that bring collective shared value, where purpose guides profit. Aradhana currently serves as vice president of investor relations and heads the wool business division at Indorama Ventures (IVL). Aradhana has held several positions in the company since 2008, primarily across corporate strategy and the fibers business; she is also vice chairwoman of the IVL Foundation. Aside from IVL, Aradhana is a non-executive director of Thai Plaspac PCL (TPAC), a Thai listed company providing plastic packaging solutions.


Saanjali Lohia
Investment Committee MemberBangkok

Saanjali is an investment committee member currently working in the Lohia family office. She previously worked as a consultant at Boston Consulting Group within their Bangkok office, where she worked on numerous digital transformation and business development projects. Saanjali holds a B.Sc. from NYU Stern School of Business, New York, where she majored in Finance and Mathematics.