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Max was the first student ever to write his master’s thesis with us. Max was able to complete his studies in product development (Integrated Design Engineering) at Otto-von-Guericke University Magedburg with a practical master’s thesis in our company. The aim of his work was to develop a device for automating a selected production step. In addition to building the prototype, he is now also involved in the development and construction of further modules of our production facility. We are happy to have him with us. His willingness to help, his manual skills and his constant humor characterize him.

Won! We were awarded as “Best EU backed sustainability startup” out of over 1000 European start-ups, by pitching in front of over 100 international investors. We thank the jury, consisting of 3 highly knowledgeable venture capital proffesionals, and Dealflow.eu. With this award, we receive financial support from the Dealflow.eu venture building team to keep growing as a company. We are very happy to have received this price as the first LIFE project. Europe’s most innovative, early-stage sustainability start-ups which have an immense scale-up potential have been recognized. Congratulations to the other two winners too, Teraloop Oy and Enerpoly!

Today is International Biodiversity Day. At madebymade, we are tackling the issue of biodiversity head on: by replacing soy and fishmeal as protein sources with the insect protein we produce. Fishmeal is used in aquaculture feed and contributes greatly to the overfishing of our oceans. Soy also has a devastating impact on biodiversity, as immense amounts of rainforest are cleared in the Amazon region for its cultivation. Extrapolated, each German claims 127m² of soy cultivation area for consumption in Brazil alone! The Rainforest Conservation Fund estimates that between 4000 and 6000 animal species disappear annually due to this deforestation. Here, alternatives are urgently needed, such as our insects. We’re part of the solution.

 Mathias is our financial juggler. His extensive experience in controlling, accounting and in the support of funding projects (including EU & SAB projects) make him an important link between our shareholders and external partners. Together with Yannik, he has already been with us since October 2019 and is thus one of the “old hands”. Controllers have a reputation for working less visibly in the background. But it doesn’t work without communication and a constant eye on our numbers. His cooperative and focused way of working is contagious and he makes excellent coffee.

Our colleague Maricruz Bermudez Serrano has been with us for three months. At our company, she ensures the continuous high quality of our products. With her background as food engineer and her experience in food safety and quality management, she has the best prerequisites for us. In a project with the University of Leipzig, she is working on the implementation of our larvae as feed for crayfish. In her master’s thesis, she dealt with the potential of cricket meal. As an insect enthusiast, she is exactly right here. Welcome on board, Maricruz!

We are grateful to be among the last 7 finalists of the most innovative early stage sustainability start ups! We were selected by Dealflow of the EU, an investor platform that supports promising startups. Our LIFE funded project Waste2Protein is the first LIFE project to be selected. We are honored! After an online pitch of all nominated companies the decision will follow on May 20th. All information about the competition can be found here.

Newsletter

December 2020

Project information

The project Waste2Protein is entitled „Pilot plant for insect protein production from biowaste as sustainable alternative to fish and soy meal for animal feed“  (LIFE 18 ENV/DE/000011). The LIFE program is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action, which began in 1992 and has to-date co-financed more than 5,400 projects. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value.

Project location

Pegau, Germany

Objectives

By 2050, the demand for animal protein will be 75% higher than it was in 2007 due to population growth in combination with an increase in meat consumption. Today, 70% of agricultural area is used for production of feed for animals; this inevitably leads to a shortage of feed for the increasing demand for livestock. Insects as an alternative source of protein are able to fill this gap. Feed experiments have shown that insect protein can in in fact replace conventional protein sources such as soy and fish meal. The increasing demand for fish meal has led to overfishing and loss of biodiversity; the cultivation of soy takes place on cleared forest areas.

The LIFE Waste2Protein project fosters the use of organic residues as a resource for the production of insect protein from larvae of the Black Soldier Flies (BSF). Insect protein meal is a sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to soy and fish meal in the feed stuff industry. The project implements the EU’s waste and circular economy approach by closing the loop and using resources in an efficient and sustainable way. Specific project aims are as follows:

Partner

AviComp Controls GmbH is a leading independent engineering contractor and a provider of superior Engineering consultancy services. The Company is our local partner, located in Leipzig. They specialize in the development and commissioning of industrial control systems.

Financing

Project budget in total:   2,795,247 Euro        
Financial funding by the EU: 1,238,001 Euro (55%)

Time period

Start:15.07.2019            

End: 14.01.2023

Networking: other LIFE projects

LIFE BAQUA – Full recovery of banana plant resiudes to aquaculture feed and plastics.

LIFE Food2Feed – Transformation of Hotel Food residues into animal feed.

LIFE Brewery – Full recovery of brewery residues to aquaculture feed.

This is Dennis, our reproduction manager. As a biologist and insect enthusiast he has the ideal qualifications to take care of all our animals. He deals with the feed composition of our crayfish in the project TEMIFUGA which we run together with the University of Leipzig. He is also responsible for the well-being of our flies and our young animals. His constant smile and good mood inspire us as his colleagues and positively shape the entire team spirit. Like our colleague Dr. Justus von Sonntag, Dennis has also been with us for one year. Absolutely a reason to celebrate. Looking forward to more great years!

From now until 2027, the EU will provide more funding and introduce new sub-programs to the LIFE program. These new programs include Nature and Biodiversity, Circular Economy and Quality of Life, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, and Clean Energy Transition. LIFE program funding will increase by nearly 60% for the next period. Since 1992, the LIFE program has supported the development of about 5500 projects. LIFE contributes to several European policies, such as the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2030, the Circular Economy Action Plan, the Renovation Wave Strategy and the Green Recovery from the Covid 19 pandemic. We welcome the continued expansion of LIFE and look forward to more green initiatives like ours.