Jun 13, 2016 Venla Väkeväinen
San Francisco-based Bitty Foods sells cricket flour, which is a source of sustainable nutrition, packed with protein, healthy fats and micronutrients. In addition to the cricket flour, the company also sells cookies made from the flour. Bitty Foods emphasizes the sustainability aspects of using crickets in food production as they are more water-efficient than any other protein source. Even the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization have argued that edible insects may be the key to stabilizing the global food supply in their report published in 2013.
Here’s a TED Talk by Megan Miller, co-founder of Bitty Food, about the role of crickets as the food of the future.
Clara Foods is a sustainable foods company that is developing the world’s first animal-free egg white. The company aims to tackle the problems related to egg production: environmental and animal welfare, and public health compromises. Clara Foods aims to produce an egg white that is completely animal-free, salmonella and avian flu-free, and that requires less land and water inputs. To do this, Clara Foods uses biotechnology to harvest protein identical to that of egg whites purely from plants. Last year, the company announced the close of a $1.7 million in seed funding, and their first product is expected to be introduced to the markets this year.
Gold & Green Foods is a Finnish-based company that has developed a new plant protein food, which is made of oats and beans. The first product of Gold & Green Foods is pulled oats, which resembles the texture and the look of pulled pork. Pulled oats is a new kind of plant protein food that utilizes oats, beans and peas as protein sources. The manufacturing process of pulled oats includes only mechanical processings such as mixing, pressing and heating. When the first batch of the product was sold at a Finnish supermarket, it sold out in 11 minutes. The company aims to have its products in stores in Finland and Sweden by the end of 2016. In the area of Helsinki and Espoo you can already get pulled oats dinners delivered to your doorstep (Epic Foods!).
Impossible Foods aims to transform the global food system by inventing a way to make meat and cheese without the use of animals. Meat and cheese are produced directly from simple plant ingredients such as grains, greens and beans from which they separate the proteins, fats, and other nutrients. Proteins are then combined with vitamins, amino acids, and fats – all sourced from plants. The company’s first product, the Impossible Burger, is set to launch in 2016. Last year the company already raised $108 million in a round that was led by UBS, and included Viking Global Investors, Khosla Ventures, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Horizons Ventures.
Helsinki-based Yousician, the world’s leading music education company, has been on an almost decade long journey of learning about gamifying, community building, and of course, learning new instruments. CEO and co-founder Chris Thür has been leading the charge towards the company’s goal of making musicality as common as literacy, and overseen lots of change in […]
Last week, a new era for Slush Global Impact Accelerator kicked off. Slush hosted a workshop for startup hub managers – coming from five different countries – in Botswana. For the past three years, the GIA team has been running the program all the way from Finland. However, now we’ve decided to take off from […]
Day 2 at Slush Tokyo 2018 started with a bang, as IDEO Partner Tom Kelley walked into the Dome to have a Fireside Chat with Slush Tokyo CEO Antti Sonninen. The two discussed Slush and design thinking, and Tom took further questions from the audience during his Q&A session at the Slush Cafe. IDEO Partner […]
Among all the Swedish startup success stories, the story of Truecaller definitely stands out. Their app has turned the traditional phonebook into a practical call screening app, and their founder and CEO Alan Mamedi started it all at 25 years old. Being a smart man, he has taken the opportunity to learn. He now wants to share […]
After Al Gore’s phenomenal Opening Keynote Speech, Founder Stage was taken over by some of the leading names of European tech. Niklas Zennström, Brent Hoberman, David Thevenon and Sophie Bendz came together to talk about the European entrepreneurial ecosystem and the importance of daring to address the biggest problems in the world. What do the […]
The second day of Slush Music has passed bringing the entire event closer to its end – only the party remains. During this second day, we’ve had the chance to focus more on data and blockchain, future visions for the music industry and artists. Wednesday morning began with a great talk by Scott Cohen on […]
Who’s in charge here? That question has been asked all over Slush Music this year. Who’s in charge of rights? Who’s in charge of data? Who’s in charge of the industry? While these conversations are going on, it’s been reiterated constantly that the Nordics are known for community and to dismantle the traditional hierarchical structure. […]
Scott Cohen, Founder of The Orchard, says he has people come up to him all the time, saying the same thing: “The music industry is broken, but I know how to fix it.” We’ve all heard this, at least the first part. Many people seem displeased with the state of the industry today. Cohen, on […]
The first day has passed by with speed and oh boy what a kick off for the event we had at the Cable Factory! First Takomo with their drums and the lasers, the Slush Music founding team welcoming all people, and our lovely stage hosts taking care of the lighting up the audience. It was […]
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