Solutions for a sustainable future

We are making the invisible visible

About us

Variolytics is the place, where innovation meets the wastewater industry. Founded in 2020 in the vibrant city of Stuttgart, we are an innovative high-tech startup with a bold vision — to revolutionize the way wastewater treatment plants combat greenhouse gas emissions. Our journey began with a passionate belief that innovative technology and a dedicated team can make a positive impact on the world.

Our mission

At Variolytics, our mission is deeply rooted in our commitment to creating a sustainable future for all. We make the invisible visible by bringing together people, technology and innovation.

Our values

The core values of our company are positivity, curiosity, cooperation and agility. It is important to us that new members commit to these values, as we believe they make us more successful.

We believe that positive thinking leads to positive results and satisfied employees.


We encourage everyone to broaden their horizon and gain insights into new fields.


We all work together as a diverse team where everyone is equally respected and valued.


We want to be innovative and everyone is encouraged to come up with new ideas every day – and quickly.

Our team

Our team is a diverse blend of talents, from engineers and data scientists to environmental experts, business professionals and creative individuals. Together, we form a powerful unit, working collaboratively to drive innovation and change.

Our story

EXIST-Förderung, 2019-2021

Providing a research project with the funding to get off the ground and start dreaming of bigger things

Incorporation of Variolytics GmbH, 03.2020

Founders Matthias, Johann & Steffen incorporate Variolytics and begin their journey to make the invisible visible.

Product launch Vario one. & two., 04.202004.2020

We present our patented analyser to the world.

Seed Investment, 08.2022

High-tech Founders Fund and other business angels join the investors of Variolytics to support further growth of the company.

Deployment of first EmiCo, 06.2022

EmiCo starts monitoring emissions at the first wastewater treatment plant and demonstrates viability of the technology.

Pre-Seed Investment, 03.2021

Variolytics receives the financial support of Fraunhofer Technologie-Transfer Fonds and Dr. Jörg Gebhardt, to enter the wastewater market.

EIC Accelerator Grant, 12.2022

Laying the foundation to scale across Europe with the help of the EIC accelerator grant.

Launch of 1-day emission monitoring service, 03.2023

A gateway to showcase the potential of a permanent EmiCo solution to customers

Catalyst for Change, 2023

More deployments start making EmiCo a catalyst for change

Our Moonshot

Public Recognition

Over the years, our team’s relentless efforts have been recognized by industry experts, institutions, and organizations alike. We are proud to have received awards for our innovative solutions and ground-breaking technology. These awards motivate us to continue pushing the boundaries of innovation. Some of our notable achievements include:


Best Green Start-Up 2022
Six start-ups from Baden-Württemberg and the rest of Germany were awarded the title of “KIGI Green Innovator” on 4 May 2022. 25 green start-ups were invited to Stuttgart for two days to further develop their innovations with the support of coaches, pitch their start-up ideas and expand their network.

Haube Und Probenleitung

Start-up 2021
The Stuttgart Innovation Award is presented by the state capital Stuttgart in recognition of outstanding innovative achievements. The award recognises the importance of innovations for the development of the business location and would like to focus on players who contribute significantly to the success in this field.


Audience award 2020
The CyberOne Hightech Award Baden-Württemberg is the central business plan competition for the high-tech industries in the federal state. Since 1998, the most forward-looking business concepts of technology-oriented start-ups and companies have been awarded.


The aim of EIC Accelerator is to develop and scaleup innovations. The EIC Accelerator is a funding programme under Horizon Europe that offers support to start-ups and SMEs that have a game changing product or service and have the commitment to scale-up. Variolytics is supported by the EIC Accelerator until May 2025.

As part of the Federal Government’s AI strategy, the Federal Environment Ministry is funding projects that use artificial intelligence to tackle ecological challenges and are exemplary for digitisation that is compatible with the environment, climate, health and nature (“AI lighthouses”).

The Stuttgart Climate Innovation Fund supports innovative projects in the state capital. The fund has a budget of 13 million euros and is the largest municipal climate innovation fund in Europe.

The EXIST Business Start-up Grant supports students, graduates and scientists from universities and research institutes who want to turn their business idea into a business plan. The most important prerequisite is that the planned business idea must be an innovative technology-oriented or knowledge-based product with significant unique selling points and good prospects of economic success.