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Congratulations to Max Greiner! The student of Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle won the creative state competition BESTFORM as “Vision of the Year”. In his project he dealt with the material cycle of chitosan from the exoskeleton of our flies. His idea to produce an eyeglass frame from our bioplastic convinced the jury: “a fascinating cycle, using a very sustainable material, local binding and scalability to many areas is taken into account”. Read the full article here.

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!

What our founder Kai Hempel actually intended to do after his studies and how this brought him together with Dr. Jonas Finck to our insect farm you’ll hear in this 5-minute podcast by Hartmut Schade in collaboration with MDR . Thank you for this well done work! In addition, there is a handful of information to read. You can also listen to it on Deutschlandradio. We hope you have as much fun listening to this as we did.

The Genial Sächsisch series of articles in the Sächsische Zeitung presents ideas which improve life. Besides natural cosmetics and a cooking robot, the 6th part of the series is dedicated to us, because our regional and resource-saving animal feed production has a sustainable positive impact on the environment. This impact can be repeated as often as desired due to the modular construction of our plant. From Saxony to the whole world! We thank Sven Heitkamp, author of the article, and Sebastian Willnow, photographer of the article, for their efforts.

Last November we won the KfW Award Founding 2020 for the federal state of Saxony. We are very happy about the price and the corresponding n-tv report, which you can watch via this article. In the video you get an insight into our production and our location. Many thanks to KfW Förderbank, Carmen Vallero and Jonas Wrensch for this great contribution.

We would like to thank Eva Piepenbrock, editorial manager of f3 magazine. She visited us at the beginning of this year and published a very readable and exciting article about us including this schematic representation of our modules. Here you can see the individual steps of our production. Insect breeding is very innovative and we see ourselves as pioneers in this field. Therefore we are very happy about this graphic, which shows very clearly what we do and especially how we do it exactly. To explain our production and the individual steps of our work is a complex task, which was mastered with this graphic! Access to the full article at f3.de.

Valerie from Farmitoo interviewed Kai by phone for this article. Farmitoo reports on news from the agricultural sector, such as companies that offer innovative solutions like us. The article discusses our goals, all of our products, what exactly we do and how we do it. You can read the article here. Thank you so much!

The POWER4BIO project aims at increasing the capacity of regional and local policy makers and stakeholders to strengthen their bioeconomy and to support the emergence of a thriving bio‐based sector. Adequate knowledge and best practice exchange and networking within and among regions, across the EU are therefore aimed at. The cross-visit on the 23rd of june started with a symposium about bioeconomy in Central Germany region on the first day with more than 70 participants, madebymade being a best practice example of bio economy in the region of Central Germany. Between the presentations, the participants were encouraged to interact and to give feedback using an online polling tool.Find out more about the event here.

Are you interested in how working for us looks like? In the following interview with our colleague Charlott from the University of Leipzig, you can read about that and what we expect from applicants*. At the end of last year she started working for us while studying and is now assistant to our managing directors. As a rapidly growing company, we will need active support like this again in the future. We are always open for the supervision of dissertations as well as positions for internships from November this year. Have a look at our job site as to see current information about open positions.

This article by Stefanie Wettmann appeared in the online magazine Start-up Mitteldeutschland. She describes progress and plans of madebymade and also goes into the basic building block of sustainability. Besides the ecological impact, the author also describes our influence on a social level, as we are creating new jobs in the region and will create many more. There are employees who come to work by bicycle, and others who move here for work.