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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!

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.

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.

We are happy to be part of this year’s European Week of Regions and Cities. This Thursday, October 15th, our colleague Charlott will give a lecture about us with a special focus on our concept of recycling management. This online exchange with other European projects serves to promote the local bio-economy and to exchange experiences. Charlotte Jacobsen from the Technical University in Denmark, who is doing research on the prevention of waste in aquaculture (https://www.waseabi.eu/). Patricia Sanchez will present the Blue Islands project, which aims to avoid waste accumulation in the sea (https://blueislands.interreg-med.eu/). We are looking forward to further exchange and possibilities!

This article is the second in a short series on how to apply for LIFE Funding. EU LIFE is a great support to a Projects which aim at reducing the environmental Impact like ours. There is a variety of funds available for topics such as nature conservation, biodiversity, climate action and resource efficiency. Founder Kai Hempel was happy to share his experiences and advices in this interview. Hopefully, future applicants are supported in this way. Read the full article here.