€60M from National Growth Fund for Cellular Agriculture Netherlands

The Cellular Agriculture Netherlands consortium won an internationally record-breaking €60 million investment from the National Growth Fund. The €60 million investment will be used to fuel the formation of an ecosystem around cellular agriculture (CA) – the technology used to produce animal products directly from cells, rather than animals. The Growth Fund is the Dutch…

Fashion for Good: Building a better world through sustainable fashion

Fashion for Good is aiming to build a better world through a circular ‘Good Fashion’ approach, focused on restoration and regeneration. Catalyze joined the platform as a mentor delivering non-dilutive funding and strategic expertise to start-ups and scale-ups in their Innovation Programmes. We met with Max Easton, Innovation Platform Associate, who manages the Global Innovation…

Brave New Food & Catalyze: strategic partnership for ‘next’ generation food solutions

Brave New Food is a European food innovation platform for ‘next generation food solutions’. The aim is to create a truly open innovation platform and ecosystem, within which many partners deliver specific expertise to facilitate collaboration and innovation – ultimately aimed at accelerating the food transition. Catalyze and Brave New Food formed a strategic partnership…

NG-Sensors: Real-time solution for food contaminant testing

NG Sensors are on a mission to make food safer, while cutting the time and costs necessary to do so. They won EIC Accelerator funding in the second round of 2021 for the SAFE-FOOD project, which aims to develop their innovative portable mass spectrometer; capable of rapid, on-site food contaminant testing. Catalyze provided funding application…

Vertigo Technologies

Vertigo Technologies, together with Datamole (CZ) and Packman (ZA) join forces for the FreshAID project, aimed at reducing food waste with the first contactless microwave sensor to assess fruit quality. Catalyze provided support for Vertigo Technologies’ successful Eurostars application for FreshAID, which commences with a project budget of €2.1 million. Read our interview with Luca…

Planted: creating new plant-based meat alternatives

We speak with Dr. Patrick Rühs, Head of Science at Planted Foods, about their new Eurostars project, which won €820K from EUREKA. Plant2Go is a 2 year project aiming to bring a novel plant based meat substitute to market. The project includes a multi-disciplinary team, made up of Planted Foods and Enzybel International SA, industry…

Liquidseal: novel bio-coating to prevent food waste

Liquidseal have developed an innovative bio-coating technology to extend the shelf-life of perishable products. They were recently awarded €450K from Eureka Eurostars for the Banana-Seal project (total budget €1M), and €350K from Eureka Globalstars for the EggsTEND project (total budget €950K). Both projects will run for 3 years. Catalyze provided a funding application service and…

StartLife and Catalyze: non-dilutive funding strategy for impactful agrifoodtech startups

In February 2020, Catalyze formed a new strategic partnership with agrifoodtech accelerator StartLife, as a means of helping innovative agrifoodtech startups establish a long-term non-dilutive funding strategy. Such strategy is essential, especially for companies in the agrifoodtech industry. After well over a year of partnership, we hear from StartLife’s Program Director, Loet Rammelsberg, on how…

NanoSUN: Mobile hydrogen refuelling

We met with Dean O’Connor, CEO of NanoSUN, to discuss their €2.5 million award from the EIC Accelerator for ‘MOBHYLE: Best-in-class low-cost mobile hydrogen refueller for a zero-emission transportation sector.’ Catalyze supported NanoSUN in their successful (re)submission to the EIC and we continue to support the administration of MOBHYLE through our Project Management Service. “[The…

Plantics

Plantics is revolutionizing the future of biodegradable plastics with cost-effective and 100% renewable materials. Over the past 100 years, plastic production has grown exponentially, reaching over 350 million tonnes in 2018, with 99% of this plastic derived from oil. For this innovation, they were the winners of an FTI grant of €2.25 (for full consortium)…