The news: Violet, a Seattle-based startup that markets ultraviolet light air purification technology, has raised $2.3 million.
The technology: In the year Founded in 2020, Violet has developed hospital-grade air purification units that maximize UVC exposure by using a cyclone design to disinfect air in one pass. The product is effective against Covid-19 virus particles, the company said.
CEO Brandon Doyle said: “People are now realizing that COVID-19 will be with us forever in some capacity, and passive air defense solutions can be an important step in returning to the sense of normalcy we all want.” As the outbreak continues, customers are eager to try our product over time.
The customers are: Violet currently has 10 customers using its products in healthcare facilities, schools, fitness centers and more. The company is introducing a new rental business model. It also offers in-person classes for people living in the Seattle area.
With the new funding, Violet plans to expand manufacturing operations, explore more opportunities to help vulnerable populations, develop a mobile app, build nanotechnology odor removal, and expand its 7-person team.
The founders are: Violet’s co-founders are Doyle, a former nuclear engineer for the US Department of Defense, and Jesse Perez, a scientist and former employee of Nanocrying.
The funders are: The seed round was led by Tacoma Venture Fund, with participation from Pacek VC, Swan VC, Luana Investments, Alliance of Angels and other angel investors. The company began fundraising in late 2021 and closed the round in mid-2022. Total funding is up to $2.75 million.
Previously: Former DoD nuclear engineer leads new Seattle startup developing air purification technology.