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All occupied!
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All occupied!

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!
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State winner of KfW award founding 2020!

We are state winners of the KfW competition Gründen 2020! Many thanks for this to thefunding bank KfW. KfW 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
How the Black Soldier Fly grows
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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
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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
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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!
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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
Module: rearing
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Module: rearing

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
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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 all-rounders
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Our all-rounders

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
Our office arrived!
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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
Module processing
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Module processing

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
An alternative and sustainable source of protein
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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
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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
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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
Starting your career in Saxony: Interview with madebymade
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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
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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!
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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!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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“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
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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
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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