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.
It all began when Justin started investing his personal time in creating a product, which would stop teams from spending up to 60% of their time “doing work about doing work.” Here are four main points Justin has learned along the way. 1. Make it easy for people to keep their eyes on the company […]
The Economist stated in 2011 that games will be the fastest-growing form of mass media over the next decade. In 2017, the numbers of the gaming industry were staggering: 2.2 billion gamers and $121 billion revenue with 10.7 % annual growth rate (CAGR). This year the industry is expected to grow $137.9B in revenues. Games […]
Modern Meadow has been pushing the traditional leather industry to the edge by creating biofabricated materials from growing cells into a new type of material inspired by leather. We had an opportunity to have a chat with Andras Forgacs, the co-founder and CEO of Modern Meadow and get a sneak peek into some topics what he […]
This December, with Atomico and Orrick, Slush will once again publish the annual State of European Tech report. It is the most comprehensive deep-dive into the European ecosystem. Coming out for the fourth time, this year’s report will bring diversity and inclusion into focus, to highlight the importance of the issue at hand. Take the survey […]
One of the Slush core missions now and forever is the advancement of entrepreneurs’ and investors’ abilities to navigate the tech ecosystem and invest with impact. Yesterday, we took yet another leap towards attaining this goal with the release of The State of South Asian Tech (SEA) report in Singapore, yesterday. Like the State of […]
Happeo, a digital workplace platform focusing on smoothening the collaboration between employees of large companies, recently raised $8M for their seed round, having names such as Gapps, Vendep, DN Capital and Maki.vc amongst their investors. We had a chat with Happeo CEO Perttu Ojansuu in order to learn a bit more about the journey behind […]
Slush talks a lot about the different phases of founding a startup. We talk about building, scaling, growing, recruiting, funding and everything in between. All of these things are essential, but to understand the relevance of everything we do, we should also look into the very DNA of what a startup is and where they […]
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 […]
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