ZHAW Startup Challenge Winners 2015
With "EntoLog" we truly found the best Swiss student team with the most promising idea in 2015! As representatives of Switzerland they flew to Virginia USA (August 16 till 22) to compete against other international teams and won the People’s Choice award of $5,000.
The start-up team EntoLog aims to help tackle the global challenges of rising demand for protein rich foods, growing stress on land and water resources, and increasing CO2 emissions using a new technology that enables the extraction of proteins and other valuable nutritional components from insects at an industrial scale. The patentable extraction technology unlocks the potential to derive high-quality nutritional components from insects at prices that are lower than existing components from animal sources, including dairy. The digestible proteins and unsaturated fatty acids (e.g. Omega 6 and 9) are separated from indigestible components to create insect-food products of higher nutritional quality than exist on the market today.
EntoLog hopes its technology will reduce aversion towards insect based food products by eliminating all visible insect fragments and making them more palatable and tasty. EntoLog offers license based contract agreements to industry partners as well as system and plant design and consulting.
Team EntoLog were competing in the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy and the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Alumni Assembly Hall in The Inn at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, on Thursday, August 20, 2015. They were awarded for The People’s Choice Award of $5'000. More information about their journey can be found here.