Winner of best innovative praxis 2022
We won! madebymade is the winner of the Best Innovative Practice 2022 in Bioeconomy. We thank the German Biomass Research Center (DBFZ) for this award. We are thus also part of the EU’s BRANCHES network as one of 50 best practices across Europe. You can find our abstract with information about madebymade here. We are
Insecta Conference 2022
Our colleague Felix presented his bachelor thesis on the influence of yeast on the growth of the black soldier fly at the Insecta conference in Giessen last week. Supervisor of the thesis was our managing director Jonas. Our colleague Yannik also presented a poster, here the topic was the positive effects of our natural fertilizer.
Farm Food Climate Festival
We are there! Next week, from September 15-17, we will be helping to shape the agriculture and food industry of tomorrow at the Farm-Food-Climate Festival. As an innovative feed manufacturer, we supply sustainable insect proteins and want to actively contribute beyond our work. Through a mix of conference and change maker event, a safe space
Politics visiting madebymade
The SPD member of parliament from the Leipzig district, Franziska Mascheck, visited our insect breeding facility last Friday together with Dr. Martin Rosemann, SPD spokesman for labor and social affairs, and Daniela Kolbe, deputy chairwoman of the DGB Saxony. Dr. Martin Rosemann, visited companies of different types throughout Germany last week, those that are currently
madebymade goes SIRPLUS
We at madebymade still use usable food – just like our partner SIRPLUS. We use it as food for our larvae, SIRPLUS puts together delicious boxes for you and me. Do your part against food waste, too. In their nutritious boxes you will find our natural fertilizer with a 10% discount code for our online store
Our delicious treat
Our larvae are a real treat – even for the very young. Natural food for many of our native species. Get your starter pack now and let your pets try it! You can find all our sustainable products right here on our website.
Our sustainable products
Our contribution to a green future: our sustainable products. From top left to bottom right you can see our dried black soldier flies, dried black soldier fly larvae, chitin, natural fertiliser, fat, and insect protein. Diverse products with a wide range of uses. Each one serves as an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional products. Get
BSF Breeders Summer Camp
Join our BSF Breeders Summer Camp! This year’s Insects to Feed the World Conference has shown how important it is, to get together to share experience and thoughts. Therefore we want to use the momentum and bring together black soldier fly breeders from all over Europe for a first “BSF Breeders Summer Camp”. As the
Happy 30th Birthday!
Happy Birthday to the 30th anniversary of the EU LIFE program! We are grateful to be part of this network and this impactful program. Thank you for visiting us, Ms. Pfirrmann and Milina Schumannova from CINEA. Our LIFE team Jonas, Charlott, Kai and Mathias showed the huge progress of our Waste2protein project. We are looking
We continue this week with the KIN Roundtable PETFOOD. As a pioneer in the petfood industry, we are actively shaping the future of the pet industry through our healthy and sustainable insect proteins. Many thanks to Lebensmittelinstitut KIN e.V. for this exciting event and to our great Partner Jamina Zauggl from BugBell GmbH.
Innovation made in Saxony
We are happy to be there today! Our founder Kai is in Dresden today at the futureSAX innovation conference. Together we celebrate innovative ideas from Saxony. Our future-oriented insect breeding must not be missing here! In addition to our sustainable products, our black soldier flies could also be seen up close.
EU LIFE Award
On May 30th, the LIFE Awards will be presented to 12 finalists. The LIFE Awards recognize outstanding achievements in the fields of nature conservation, environment and climate protection. There are four nominated LIFE projects per category. Register at the following link to participate in the hybrid ceremony.
Girls Day 2022
We promote young talent! Today, four schoolgirls visited us to get a taste of the professions of engineer, production worker and process technician. We showed our production and our animals up close and had lunch together. We hope you got a good insight into the different professions. We are looking forward to more visitors next
madebymade goes Urbanite
Visit us this week in the pop up store of Urbanite City Magazine in the Höfe am Brühl. Leipzig companies that also produce here are presented. You will find our regional products right next to those of Hülsenreich GmbH, who produce delicious vegan snacks: roasted chick peas. Come by!
Annalinde Gardening Shop
Since this week our natural fertilizer is available in the online store of the Annalinde gardening shop in Leipzig. This nursery has the same goals as we do: to support local food cultivation, biodiversity, sustainable consumption and responsible use of resources. In addition to our fertilizer, there is a selection of more than 30 plants:
Our 1,5kg Starterpack
We present: our dried larvae in a practical 1.5kg starter pack. With a protein content of over 40%, they are a real superfood and natural food for many native creatures. Your pets are going to love this delicious and healthy snack. Convince yourself of our regional protein source. Available in our shop.
Welcome on board!
Welcome to the team, Richard! Congratulations on passing your bachelor thesis on the possible certification of our products according to GMP+ standard. A big thank you also goes to our colleague Maricruz, who supported with her expertise. We are happy that you will be working with us in the marketing and sales department from now
Our great intern
We would like to thank our intern Sania for her time with us! As a PhD student in the field of biology at the Georg-August University in Göttingen, she was able to apply her background from science directly in practice with us. The high quality of our products and continuous optimization is our priority. Sania
madebymade’s natural fertilizer
Probably the most sustainable fertilizer in the world: our natural fertilizer. Recycled organic residues give your plants the special kick: 80% organic matter support the humus build-up and the activation of soil life too.Recently, another paper was published, highlighting the immense power of our fertilizer: “Insect frass and exuviae promote plant growth and health”.Chitin stimulates
Congrats for your thesis!
Congratulations to Daniel Gärttling who defended his master thesis at the Universität Hohenheim last week. Our CEO Jonas Finck was second examiner of the thesis and learned important insights from Daniel on how the use of our fertilizer affects a fungus gnat population. Thanks for your effort and time, Daniel! You can find the results of his work in
More than feed
Andreas Fuhrich describes in his article in Trend Report the special abilities of our black soldier flies. As larvae they consume several times their own body weight, as an adult fly they do not need any food at all. As an alternative to conventional protein sources, our fly is definitely more than a sustainable feed.
Waste2Protein Presentation at Design school Burg
We are pleased to give a lecture at Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle on February 16th. Managing Director Dr. Jonas Finck will give the online lecture Waste2Protein – Upcycling with Insects from 15.00 – 16.30h. Twice a year, the art academy organizes the “BURG Session” during the lecture-free period. It offers a week of interdisciplinary events
Ecological Sustainable Development Goals
Under the pillar of ecology, we directly address three goals of the sustainable development goals: Climate action, Life under water and Life on land. We create an innovative solution that is completely future-oriented: by directly substituting soy and fish meal with our insect protein, we protect forests from deforestation and prevent overfishing of the oceans.
Concluding a succesful 2021
We look back on a successful 2021: our production volumes grew steadily, the team got great additions, finally events again, new contacts and great collaborations were made. We look forward to growing our impact next year. Big goals are coming up and we will do everything we can to realize our 2nd modular insect breeding
Economic Sustainable Development Goals
Our commitment to sustainable development: In the topic of economy we address goals 8 and 9. We create long-term jobs in a rural region. In the first step, we are doing this in the greater Leipzig area in Saxony. In the future, worldwide. We promote innovation with our highly automated plant, because we create a new technology
Interview at Impact Festival
This September, we visited the Impact Festival in Offenbach and met many other initiatives and companies here that, like us, are committed to sustainability. Our flies and our larvae accompanied us. In this video Charlott explains you our all around sustainable concept. Our production steps, our final products and the locations of our next plants,
Yesterday we finally had the opportunity to work together on our team development. We started with a workshop held by Gwendolyn on the topic of gender discrimination in the company. Here we learned about the different ways women are discriminated against, acted out situations and discussed them. Afterwards, we finally conducted the first speedback inspired
Ideal for our circular economy
Why do we breed the larvae of the Black Soldier Fly? They have the special ability to convert residual materials into sustainable products: Insect protein, natural fertilizer and fat. In this picture you can see how fast they can do that. There are only a few hours between the two pictures and they have completely
Come meet madebymade at Ecomondo
Come meet madebymade! Founder Jonas Finck will be at the EU Stand tomorrow morning, and hold a presentation of LIFE Waste2Protein at 3.55 in the South Hall of the Rimini Expo Centre too. Furthermore, Jonas will pitch on Thursday at 3pm in the green blue circular economy pitch session.We are excited to be there, connecting
“Green carbon cycle” meeting
We are pleased to be invited by Bioeconomy e.V. to their industry meeting. Companies from different sectors of the bioeconomy come here to talk and exchange ideas about innovative ideas, emerging business models and expected hurdles. The venue is the German Biomass Research Center gGmbH in Leipzig. As a federal research institution, the DBFZ deals
To all larvae lovers: we offer a great subscription where you save up to 20%. You determine the time interval, the quantity, and can cancel easily at any time by e-mail. The larvae arrive directly at your doorstep, produced in a regional circular economy! Feed them directly to your pets, there is not a more
Waste2Protein as example project
In the following document, you receive an overview of supported LIFE projects since its beginning in 1992: which sectors play a key role, which projects perform all-round and how much financial support has been given so far. EU policies behind its circular economy approach are decribed and the reinforced focus of LIFE to the topic
madebymade at EFIB 2021
Our CEO Kai Hempel is visiting the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology & the Bioeconomy (EFIB) fair in Vienna this week. Here, more than 350 participants from 21 countries will come together to discuss the crucial issues of the future. The main topic of this event is the implementation of the EU Green Deal: Industrial
We’re looking for you!
We are looking for you! Starting in November for a period of 3 months we offer an extraordinary internship: you will support us in the production of sustainable insect protein. During you internship at madebymade, you will be part of our team and contribute your own ideas. Each intern will have his or her own
Video by Genius Central Germany
We are very pleased about this contribution from the Central German Broadcasting by innovative companies from Central Germany like ours are presented. You can see many exciting shots of our animals and also directly from our production. Idea givers Kai and Jonas explain individual production steps and why we are particularly sustainable. Many thanks to
Flies on tour
Our flies were on the road this past week! They attended the Impact Festival, where we had the opportunity to share our vision for a greener feed and food chain with curious visitors. It was great to connect with like minded entrepeneurs and discuss the challenges of tomorow. During the event, our CEO Kai presented
Visit us this Thursday and Friday at the first Impact Festival in Offenbach am Main. We are very excited to be part of this event about green transformation. Founder Kai and Charlott, assistant to the two CEOs, will inform about our vision, our products and our company. We look forward to interacting with other sustainable
Visit us this Wednesday and Thursday at the Insecta conference! Our founder Jonas and our quality manager Maricruz will be presenting posters on the use of BSF larvae. We are excited to be part of the event again and are eager to share news about the use of insects as feed and food. The topic
Christmas party caught up
Our Christmas party was not only good for us, but also a direct support of the Crowd Funding Campaign of Camilo Wilisch and Sebastian Kreßner of PINAKS: a 5 course insect menu by the talented insect chef Nicole Sartirani of Mikrokosmos. We insect enthusiasts stick together! Due to the Corona restrictions, we were only now
Vision of the year
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
Progress report Waste2Protein
Under following link you can have a look at the LIFE field report of our managing director Kai Hempel. In cooperation with ZUG gGmbH it is about supporting new applicants for this program. The Zukunft – Umwelt – Gesellschaft (ZUG) gGmbH supports the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
Social Sustainable Development Goals
We actively work on three Social Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 2 No Hunger we implement by producing larvae which are used in regional cycles to support fish or chicken farms. We also reduce the dependence on the EU as the largest importer of soy. Goal 11 Sustainable cities and communities are addressed by using only
Watched our colleague working briefly: Nikolai deals with our big data. As an insect breeder on an industrial scale, we not only work with our animals, but also with a lot of data. This requires people who are patient and passionate about coding, modeling and analyzing to continue learning and optimizing. As a scientist, Niko
Sustainable pet food by BugBell
Dear petowners! Do you already know BugBell GmbH? They offer sustainable pet food based on our insect proteins. Support their current campaign on startnext here. They share our vision: to combat the arising protein gap and resource gap. Additionally, they also educate abozt the topic of pet food. Their healthy feed only uses insects as protein
Our colleague Maricruz ate an insect burger from Bugfoundation GmbH for the first time this week at the University of Leipzig. The first insect burger in Germany. It tasted great! We wish for more such innovative and nutritious products. We at madebymade are currently producing pet food, so our high quality proteins are used for
Our colleague Charlott
Charlott covers several areas of work in her position as Executive Assistant, this includes external as well as internal communications. As Dissemination Leader, she communicates on the progress of our EU-funded Waste2Protein. With her background in environmental management, she is driven by sustainability and our huge impact – and to expand it in the future.
With our work, we contribute to 8 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. These are intended to ensure sustainable development on an economic, social and ecological level worldwide by 2030. These 3 pillars are of equal importance and build on each other at the same time – they only work in
Our colleague Max
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
Winner of Best EU backed sustainability startup
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
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
Our new colleague Maricruz
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
Nominated as most innovative start up
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
Our biologist Dennis
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
Our colleague Yannik
This is our colleague Yannik Weinreis. He creates efficient planning processes for our projects and works in the area of product research and development. For this purpose, he analyses product characteristics, supervises test series, and tests various valorization strategies. Already during his studies of agricultural sciences (B.Sc.) and agricultural and food economics (M. Sc.) at
Our colleague Justus
Our colleague Justus von Sonntag optimizes technology. Here he is checking possible interfaces of our container control system with the control system he co-developes for the TEMIFUGA project at the University of Leipzig for a possible crab breeding system. Justus studied process engineering at Karlsruher Institute for Technologie (KIT) and is familiar with air conditioning technology. His experience in
madebymade: Pet food from insects
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
The lords of the flies
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
Despite the big cold snap over the weekend, our larvae are doing very well. Our modular construction is based on shipping containers, which of course all function independently of each other, regardless of whether it is warm or cold outside. The temperatures in our reproduction containers for our flies and young larvae remain pleasantly warm
Business is humming
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
We made it!
From the first shipping container in production to the complete production plant and from the foundation to the finished office complex. An incredible amount has happened for us and that despite the global pandemic occuring in this year. All this was only possible because of the sweat, commitment and ambition of our team and all
Here our black soldier flies cavort in the Reproduction module. As you can see, we feel very comfortable among our flies. Only those who are visiting us for the very first time have fear of contact. In this module, they lay the eggs from which larvae later hatch and is therefore of great importance as
State winner of KfW award founding 2020!
We are state winners of the KfW competition Gründen 2020! Many thanks for this to KfW, which is one of the leading funding banks in the world. Since 1948 it has been committed to improving economic, social and ecological living conditions worldwide. In the KfW competition, more than 500 companies were evaluated according to their
How the Black Soldier Fly grows
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
The plant’s heart
The heart of our plant: the technology. You can see the development from the beginning of this year until now. As you can see, this room has been filled with everything from cables and pipes to the most important highlight: a coffee machine. Compared to the total size of the plant of 2500m2, this area
Last large delivery
This week we received an elementary final part of our production. This was positioned in the part of the hall where the processing, the last steps in the production for the production of the protein flour, is located. In order to complete our plant before the end of this year, the individual modules now only
Fresh protein meal!
A pleasant nutty smell led the whole team to our oil press to admire and smell our final product. It is produced during pressing of the dried larvae of our black soldier flies. This last step of production increases the ratio of protein to fat; the protein flour has a residual fat content of less
Insight into our plant: our modules for rearing the BSF larvae are located behind our 1400m² production plant. The containers are delivered when they can no longer be used at sea. We then remove the front wall and party the side walls. In this way we can stack our rearing trays to their full height.
European Week of City and Regions
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.
Our office arrived!
We pull through: modular is not only the structure of our plant, but also our office space. This is exactly how our managing directors Kai Hempel and Dr. Jonas Finck started as their first office in a container of this design. So the founding team fitted into one single container and today we already have
All together! Here we have painted the floor on the area of our old pilot plant together. The paint used for this dries so quickly that it requires the combined efforts of both the production and office teams. In the future, our module for processing the larvae will be placed here. It’s difficult to imagine
We use the black soldier fly in our insect breeding plant. They are very suitable for industrial breeding because of its special characteristics. All they need is a pleasant environment. This means above all the right temperature and light conditions. Besides, they do not need any food; water is completely sufficient. The larvae of the
An alternative and sustainable source of protein
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!
Integration of the pilot plant
Nothing to see: until recently our pilot plant was located here on an area of 400m². It is now completely integrated into our large plant. On this 400m², our managing directors Kai Hempel and Dr. Jonas Finck have continuously built and improved the concept of madebymade over the last two years. Our first investors from Leipzig Golzern Holding
Progress in module reproduction
Our reproduction module is making progress: the first container here is already inhabited. Little by little, the other containers are also being processed so that our flies feel comfortable here. In this module a certain temperature is very important to create a pleasant environment for the black soldier flies, which originally come from rather tropical
POWER4BIO cross-visit to Central Germany
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
Starting your career in Saxony: Interview with madebymade
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.
Interior work of our module Reproduction
The construction of our modular plant is extremely complex: each one of our modules requires a different number of containers. Even within one module it might happen that containers have different requirements. This picture shows one of our reproduction containers, where the interior is worked on. As many of our processes are completely new developments,
This is madebymade!
madebymade is in the construction phase of a modular and scalable insect breeding plant. This requires a convincing concept and a team which stands behind it. This year we have added some new employees and welcomed our first interns as well. We are happy to attract and inspire curious people from different areas. A lot
Our first joint Team photo!
The whole madebymade team! madebymade not only attracts people from the region, such as Marina, who travels here by bicycle. Also people from far away take the way, like Jan, who moved here from Lake Constance. Our team is characterized by the fact that every employee is motivated to make the world a better place
It’s humming in Pegau – madebymade constructs plants
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
A hutch for insects
Editor of f3 Magazine Eva Piepenbrock came to visit us for a day. We are very happy About the resulting article from which you can read an extract here. The hutch Concept for insects created by Kai and Jonas and the single steps needed for the production are described here. madebymade is one of the
Inside a good LIFE proposal: tips, insights, experiences
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
Home Office during COVID-19
We are lucky that despite COVID-19 we are not too restricted and are able to work. A great part of our Team which usually works in the office is able to work from home. Meanwhile, the construction phase is getting more and more exciting. Video Chat is an important measure to connect in These times,
madebymade at the Career start fair 2020
We had our own booth at the Career start fair in Dresden where we showed our sustainable products and met curiuos students. Our Prime Minister, Michael Kretschmer, was also quite curious and took a close look at maggots and their egg deposits. Furthermore, both founders of madebymade answered all questions about opportunities with us. Students
Offering the world a solution that works economically
We are pleased to appear in the IHK annual report “Vision for the Region” as a company from the economic Region Leipzig. Our focus, which is far greater than just Saxony, is made very clear here: “The plant we are developing here in Thesau, we also want to implement in other regions – in Germany
“Insect producers” awarded
madebymade won the 2019 Agricultural & Nutritional Ideas Competition. The concept for the production of sustainable protein meal convinced the jury. Particularly committed and successful young talents are the ones Chosen to receive an award here. Under the guiding principle of “Banking for Food”, forward-looking projects that address the issues of more efficient use of
madebymade informs about the enormous potential of our insects in Santo Domingo
From June 4 to 6, the International Scientific Congress on Waste Management was held at the University Federico Henríquez y Carvajal (UFHEC) in Santo Domingo, where Managing Director Dr. Jonas Finck gave a lecture. In his presentation “The potential of insects as decomposers in the recycling industry” he informed about the enormous potential of the
madebymade wins Best Bio-based Business Award 2017
Our sustainable business idea won the founders’ competition of the HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management. Prof. Pinkwart, former director of HHL and Julia Busch-Casler, former research assistant at the Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship, are standing next to our managing director Kai Hempel. HHL is the project coordinator of an innovative project to