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These 10 Startups Will Change How We Grow and Eat Food

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17 Oct 2022

These 10 Startups Will Change How We Grow and Eat Food

These 10 Startups Will Change How We Grow and Eat Food

The challenge of sustainably feeding a world of 10 billion people is going to require a lot of solutions. Entrepreneurs and innovators all over the globe are working hard to come up with answers. And 10 startups have just been selected for their ideas, from growing real seafood from fish cells to using AI to prevent food waste. 

 

These companies were handpicked by Swiss innovation engine Thought For Food (TFF) as part of its 2021 challenge. More than 5,000 participants entered the contest, hailing from 120 countries. As finalists, the 10 startups will embark on a three-month Academy accelerator program to scale up their ideas. 

 

Let’s take a look at who these innovators are and how they’re going to change the way we eat. 

 

1. BMTA&C

BMTA&C is a tech startup from Morocco bringing solar-powered cold storage to the African continent. By delivering solar refrigeration, the company wants to help African farmers reduce their post-harvest losses—and prevent food waste at the same time. BMTA&C was founded by four engineers from the EMINES School Of Industrial Management, who came together because of their passion to tackle food insecurity, water, energy access, and climate change. 

 

2. Cultured Decadence

Cultured Decadence is the first North American food tech company focused solely on creating cell-based lobster and shellfish. It aims to disrupt the unsustainable fishing industry by using cellular agriculture to grow seafood from fish cells. And it has already caught the eye of investors, recently closing an oversubscribed $1.6 million pre-seed—the largest of its kind within the cultivated food industry. 

 

3. CurubaTech

Colombian startup CurubaTech is focused on bridging the tech gap in the country’s farmlands. Working in the context of post-conflict Colombia, where farmers under a 50-year-war shifted away from cocoa production, the startup’s digital platform helps to improve supply chain transparency. Called the SEED tracking system, it organises and digitalises the entire agrifood supply chain to help improve traceability, boost farmers’ yields and positively impact lives in the community.

 

4. Humica 

Humica is a Mexican firm that wants to promote regenerative agriculture through its healthy snacks. The company has created a range of climate-friendly snacks made from regeneratively-grown crops, such as apple chips, mango chips, and melon chips. All of them are made with only 100% organic and natural ingredients and are sugar-free. 

 

5. Infinity Box 

Indian startup Infinity Box is on a mission to fight packaging waste in the food industry. Its circular and reusable container solution aims to replace single-use plastic ones while bringing customers and restaurants monetary savings. Diners can order food on a delivery app, choose their Infinity Box, and return the reusable container at a drop-off point. The company then cleans, sanitises, and returns these containers to foodservice locations to reuse again. 

 

6. Invisible Foods

Invisible Foods’ motto is to “make lost food visible” again. Based in the Netherlands, it has developed an AI-driven platform that can aggregate and predict food loss in the supply chain. By identifying where the food surplus is, businesses can create new upcycled products and the company can certify these products using the platform. Some of these products include upcycled veggie pesto, rescued chocolate bars, and food waste-fighting fusilli pasta. 

 

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