- 4 winners of the 2022 FoodTech Problem have been introduced at an awards ceremony at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week
- Aquagrain, Orbisk, Revoltech, and Sustainable Planet will obtain a mixed prize of as much as US $2 million to scale-up their enterprise fashions within the UAE
ABU DHABI, UAE, Jan. 17, 2023 /CNW/ — The second version of the worldwide FoodTech Problem, which seeks to search out the following wave of know-how improvements on the cusp of reworking conventional agriculture practices, effectively and sustainably, introduced the competitors’s 4 winners at an awards ceremony right now at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2023.
The winners, Aquagrain, Orbisk, Revoltech, and Sustainable Planet, have been chosen from a pool of 12 finalists chosen from an preliminary 667 submissions from 79 international locations.
The finalists, who showcased their high-tech ideas at ADSW, represented a various demographic – with 33% led by younger CXOs between the ages of 22-35 years previous, highlighting the position of the following era in creating sustainable options to meals safety.
With a pooled prized of as much as US $2 million, the 4 winners might be invited to scale-up their enterprise fashions inside the UAE and might be supported with a money award plus R&D, start-up acceleration, industrial incentives, and mentorship from an in depth vary of companions, together with ASPIRE, Silal, ADQ, Emirates Basis, Hub71, Ma’an, The Catalyst, ADGM, ADRO, the Aggressive Workplace of Abu Dhabi, and Khalifa Fund.
Whereas the opposite finalists could not have taken residence the prize, all of them characterize promising options that may be scaled.
Winner Profiles [listed alphabetically]
Aquagrain: Upcycling Meals Waste to Develop Meals in Sandy Soil (United Kingdom)
Aquagrain is a pioneering cleantech soil improver constituted of natural waste that may take in as much as 30 instances its mass in water to offer helpful vitamins to vegetation. It additionally cuts the necessity for inorganic fertilizers.
Orbisk: Leveraging AI-enabled Cameras to Scale back Restaurant Meals Waste by as much as 70% (Netherlands)
With a deal with meals loss and waste, Orbisk leverages AI picture recognition know-how and automation to quantify and predict meals waste in skilled kitchens, lowering meals waste and bettering profitability. The know-how helps scale back meals waste by 50-70% within the first yr of use.
Revoltech: Your Burger, Preserved for 50 years (United Arab Emirates)
Revoltech makes use of a novel freezing know-how that makes use of electromagnetic fields to cut back the harm triggered to meals throughout the cooling course of. The know-how not solely helps freeze meals twice as quick as standard, it might probably additionally protect meals for as much as 50 years.
Sustainable Planet: Rising Plant-based Protein with out Contemporary Water
Sustainable Planet has revolutionized the expansion of water lentils, a plant-based protein that may be grown on non-arable land and in saline water, utilizing as much as 20 instances much less water than required for protein isolates corresponding to soy. The beginning-up goals to dramatically scale back protein imports.
Commenting on the winners, Her Excellency Mariam Almheiri, Minister of Local weather Change and Atmosphere, and Co-Chair of the FoodTech Problem, stated: “Congratulations to the 4 extremely proficient winners which are set to reshape the agri-tech panorama of the UAE and wider world. The FoodTech Problem faucets into international expertise and offers a vital path to innovation throughout cutting-edge applied sciences, whereas supporting the UAE’s Nationwide Meals Safety Technique and a path in direction of a extra sustainable international meals system.”
Rima Al Mokarrab, Chair of Tamkeen and Co-Chair of the FoodTech Problem added: “The FoodTech Problem has chosen 4 winners from all over the world with transformative agri-tech improvements. The true work for them begins now, as they mobilize and leverage the experience of the competitors’s multi-sector companions to ship and scale meals safety options for the UAE and markets past.”
This yr’s FoodTech Problem was organized by the UAE Ministry of Local weather Change and Atmosphere and Tamkeen, with ASPIRE because the lead accomplice. The competitors was additionally supported by native champions ADQ, Silal and Emirates Basis.
To study extra in regards to the FoodTech Problem and winners, please go to: foodtechchallenge.com.
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