The Scale It Up! Innovation Challenge is a competition to help startups that are developing plant-based protein solutions to scale their products for market introduction. The ProVeg Incubator is a supporting partner of the initiative. It’s a great next step for companies graduating from our accelerator programme!
Having run this competition successfully in the US last year, the organisers are now taking Scale It Up to Europe and the Middle East. The competition is supported globally by four big players in the food industry: Cargill, PURIS, Bühler, and Givaudan.
This leg of the challenge will include the expertise of DIL, the German Institute for Food Science, whose world-class facilities will be available to finalists to bring their innovative solutions to maturity.
We spoke to Eleanor McSweeney, who leads Business Development in Alternative Proteins at the Bühler Group – one of the partners of the Scale It Up Innovation Challenge.
Eleanor, what kinds of startups are you looking for?
We are looking for startups with solutions in the plant-based proteins space in the right geographical region. For this edition, it’s Europe and the Middle East. The solutions can be related to any area within the topic. This ranges from novel ingredients and formulations to processes and finished products. Ideally, the startups should already have a concept that is at the stage where we can offer support with scaling. If you are not sure whether you fit the criteria, we would still strongly encourage you to apply!