The G-BiB 2020/2021 accompanied and trained eight young student teams and their ideas for a bio-based product or process from October 2020 up to now in Germany, the United Kingdom and Finland.
During national semi finals one team per country was awarded with the chance to pitch in front of an expert jury and you to win the international award.
For Germany the team BioInterio will have the chance to attend the final. BioInterio comprises a team of six researchers, Balaji Subramanian, Chellapan Vigneshwar, Deepak Sundar, Henry Stehle, Maryam Sodagar and Naveen Dhayanithi from the RWTH University in Aachen, led by mentor Dr. Christopher Greb. They have determined a way to turn the banana fiber, a cultivational waste material, into a natural alternative for producing biodegradable automotive components targeting the European market.
For the UK the team InsBio was awarded to attend the final. InsBio are developing a platform process technology to generate feedstock for production of Black Soldier Fly larvae (BSFL) protein. Their proprietary process converts inedible, inexpensive and abundant agricultural residues (millions of tonnes annual surplus) into an edible BSFL feedstock, facilitating BSFL production on a scale unachievable with current feedstocks to meet the ever-growing market deficit of protein.
For Finland the team Life2balcony will participate. Life2balcony is a team of plant scientists from the University of Turku, developing a cloud-connected plant growth cabinet with microclimate control, the first of its kind that can be kept outside on balconies in wintertime, sparing indoor living space and providing fresh vegetables around the year. Growing vegetables at home reduces packaging material and cuts on food transportation. The cabinet constantly collects sensory data, providing a basis to improve energy efficiency and plant yield in the future.
Additionally to the pitches there will be time to network with all participants and the student teams. A detailed agenda will be uploaded here in due time.
The link for the online event will be send to all registered participants one day prior to the event.