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SANergya announced as winner of the G-BiB competition at BBEST 2017!  19 October 2017

The jury selected the Brazilian team from Taubaté with their SANergya proposal as the winner of the G-BiB competition. The overall final of the first annual Global Biobased Business competition (G-BiB), an initiative of the BioInnovation Growth mega-Cluster (BIG-Cluster), took place yesterday at the 3rd Brazilian BioEnergy Science and Technology (BBEST) Congress in Campos do Jordão, Brazil. The competition aimed to stimulate entrepreneurship and innovation. The challenge for all the teams was to write an innovative business plan based on a design for sustainable production of biorenewable products such as biofuels and biomaterials or partial solutions that will support developing those products.

N-Chroma from Wageningen University, SANergya from the University of Taubaté and Bicomer from the University of Bielefeld competed in the overall final after they won the semi-finals in respectively the Netherlands, Brazil and Germany. They were chosen from a total of 14 teams, existing of Master and PhD students. 

N-Chroma made a business plan to commercialize the use of microorganisms to produce sustainable high quality colour compounds for use in the food, cosmetic and nutraceutical industries. SANergya will provide solutions for waste treatment through biogas purification and add value to by-products e.g. convert surplus sludge and municipal waste in biogas to also produce fertilizer and elemental sulphur and Bicomer made a business plan to develop a fermentative platform technology to produce valuable carotenoids like astaxanthin for the cosmetics industry with aims to develop AVASTA (copolymer of AVA and ASTA) for the cosmetics industry at a later stage.

The teams pitched their business plans to the BBEST audience and the jury. The jury members, Gonçalo Pereira (CTBE), Jan Wery (Corbion), Wilson Nobre Filho (FGV) and Manfred Kircher (CLIB2021) were very positive about the spirit and enthusiasm of the three teams and praised their  businesses plans contributing to a more sustainable bioeconomy. The jury was positive about the long term prospective and value added potential for both Bicomer and N-Chroma with their flexible technology and product range. According to the jury SANergya proposed to use simplistic technology to provide a highly needed service with a large GHG emission reduction potential. They developed an interesting no cure no pay model offering a complete service on site for waste and wastewater treatment for industrial plants. Their target market is impressive with concrete industry commitment.

Jan Wery handed over the award of €10.000,- provided by Corbion to the team from SANergya to further develop their business plan. SANergya will use the money to set up a pilot plant to scale up their technology.

 

Winners G-BiB competition announced! 10 July 2017

N-Chroma from Wageningen University, SANergya from the University of Taubaté and Bicomer from the University of Bielefeld won the national finals of the first edition of the Global Biobased Business competition (G-BiB). They were chosen from a total of 12 teams, existing of Master and PhD students from the Netherlands, Germany and Brazil. 

Prof. Patricia Osseweijer (TU Delft | BE-Basic):  ‘I am very impressed by the quality of the plans. It is great to see the enthusiasm of the teams for entrepreneurship. This shows that the concept of G-Bib really works .‘ Several of the student teams value the competition especially because it opened up their eyes for a possible career as entrepreneur and learned them what aspects to consider besides technology: ‘much better focusing on an own innovation and business opportunity than using some simulation or case study’.

Dutch winner

The jury members,  Anton Robek (BRD), Kees de Gooijer (TKI-BBE) and Patrick van der Meer (Brightlands Innovation Factory) selected the Dutch winner during the semi-final in Delft out of three submissions. The winning team, N-Chroma from Wageningen University, will use microorganisms to produce sustainable high quality color compounds for use in the food, cosmetic and nutraceutical industries. The two runner-ups were: mBioSteel with a business plan for biobased steel production based on new technology and Sucrose2PHB that is developing a novel production process for a biodegradable biobased plastic, polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB).

Brazilian winner

The Brazilian jury members Lúcio Angnes (FAPESP), José Tomé  (AgTechGarage), Luís Ferreira (USP), Bianca Martins (DOW), Iuri Goueva (BRASKEM), selected the Brazilian winner SANergya from the seven teams that pitched their plans in Sao Paulo at the FAPESP office.

The winning team SANergya from the University of Taubaté, will provide solutions for closed cycle wastewater treatment and/or waste biogas purification and add value to by-products e.g. convert surplus sludge in bio composed fertilizer and H2S into elemental sulphur. Other praised plans consisted of a software tool LCAlive to monitor and control (bio)chemical processes to improve biorefinery process efficiency in costs and reduce (environmental) footprints; the deployment of smart gas monitors to control process conditions (BioT Gas) and the production of spider silk (Silwa) by micro-algae.

German winner

Two German teams presented their plans to the German jury members Thomas Kostka (Henkel), Achim Roth (Mitsui), Mustafa Özbir (Mitsui) and Claas Heise (NRW.Bank), during the semi finals in Dϋsseldorf. They announced Bicomer as winner of the German teams. Bicomer will develop a fermentative platform technology to produce valuable carotenoids like astaxanthin for the cosmetics industry. Moreover, Bicomer will develop AVASTA (copolymer of AVA and ASTA) for the cosmetics industry as well. The runner-up focused on an innovative material based on a sandwich structure of fungal material to be processed using 3D printing.

The competition aims to stimulate entrepreneurship and innovation. The final challenge for all the teams was to write an innovative business plan based on a design for sustainable production of biorenewable products such as biofuels and biomaterials or partial solutions that will support developing those products. The competition is an initiative of the BioInnovation Growth mega-Cluster (BIG-Cluster).

The three winning teams will compete in the final organized  in October during the 3rd Brazilian BioEnergy Science and Technology (BBEST) in Campos do Jordão, Brazil. The final award of  €10.000,- to further develop the business plan is sponsored by Corbion.

 

Masterclass G-BiB competition in Brazil 10 May 2017

The Masterclass of the first edition of the Global Biobased Business competition (G-BiB) for the Brazilian teams took place on Wednesday, May 10th, at Institute of Chemistry at University of São Paulo (USP) in São Paulo, Brazil. This interesting and intensive day was full of presentations and workshops with the focus on developing a solid business plan. 

After a short welcome and introduction by Prof. Flavia Vischi Winck from the Institute of Chemistry all the twelve teams had the pleasure to listen to excellent lecture from the business expert Dr. Flavio Grynzspan. Prior to the event all teams were asked to send in questions that would help them in developing the business plan. During the day, the teams had the opportunity to get together with their assigned mentors and discuss about cases and assignments that the teams had to work on for building their business plan. A video presentation by Patricia Osseweijer addressing sustainabilty in a business plan made the offered material complete. 

The final challenge for all the teams is to write an innovative business plan based on a design for sustainable production of biorenewable products such as biofuels and biomaterials or partial solutions that will support developing those products. 

The Masterclass of the teams from The Netherlands and Germany took place, respectively, in April 19th and April 26th, 2017. The submission of the business plans is May 31st for Dutch and German teams and June 23rd for the Brazilian teams. 

The semi-finals for all the country’s will be held in June and the finals in October during the 3rd Brazilian BioEnergy Science and Technology (BBEST) in Campos do Jordão, Brazil. The final award of €10.000,- is sponsored by the company Corbion.

 

Succesful Masterclass G-BiB competition in The Netherlands 19 April 2017

The Masterclass of the first edition of the Global Biobased Business competition (G-BiB) for the Dutch teams took place on Wednesday 19 April at the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE) in Rotterdam. This interesting and intensive day was full of presentations and workshops with the focus on developing a solid business plan. 

After a short welcome and introduction by Jeroen Veenenbos and Ferdinand Jaspers from the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship all the teams pitched their idea once again. Prior to the event all teams were asked to send in questions that would help them in developing the business plan. In the course of the day these questions were integrated in the workshops, cases and assignments that the teams had to work on under supervision of the two mentors from ECE. A presentation by Patricia Osseweijer about addressing sustainabilty in a business plan made the offered material complete. 

The final challenge for all the teams is to write an innovative business plan based on a design for sustainable production of biorenewable products such as biofuels and biomaterials or partial solutions that will support developing those products. 

The teams will have to submit their business plans by the end of May. At this moment a similar process is ongoing for the teams in Brazil. In Germany the masterclass took place on Wednesday 26 April 2017.

The semi-finals for all the country’s will be held in June and the finals in October during the 3rd Brazilian BioEnergy Science and Technology (BBEST) in Campos do Jordão, Brazil. The final award of  €10.000,- is sponsored by the company Corbion.

 

Succesful Kick-Off G-BiB competition in Brazil 10 March 2017

The Kick-off of the first edition of the Global Biobased Business competition (G-BiB) for the Brazilian teams took place last Friday. This interesting and instructive, but most of all inspiring event marks the beginning of the G-BiB for the 19 teams from Brazil. 

The final challenge for all the teams is to write an innovative business plan based on a design for sustainable production of biorenewable products such as biofuels and biomaterials or partial solutions that will support developing those products.

During the kick-off all the teams pitched their idea and motivation under supervision of Patricia Osseweijer and after that the teams watched a video from Jeroen Veenenbos (Erasmus Centre of Entrepeneurship) to give the teams an idea of what they should focus on developing a solid business case for their idea. 

Prior to the event all team were asked to fill in a Sustainable Entrepreneurship Scan, developed by Lisa Ploum (Wageningen University), who also presented the promising results: average score was higher than usual.

The teams will follow a master class in May focussing on further developing their business case and by the end of June they will have to submit their business plans. Before the masterclass business mentors will be assigned to all the teams individually.

The semi-finals for all the country’s will be held in June and the finals in October during the 3rd Brazilian BioEnergy Science and Technology (BBEST) in Campos do Jordão, Brazil. The final award of  €10.000,- will be provided for by Corbion to further enrol the business plan.

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Succesful Kick-Off G-BiB competition 24 January 2017

The Kick-off of the first edition of the Global Biobased Business competition (G-BiB) for the German and Dutch teams took place last Tuesday at Wageningen University. This interesting and instructive, but most of all inspiring event marks the beginning of the G-BiB for the two German and five Dutch teams with members from all over the world.

After a short welcome, Manfred Kircher (Chairman Advisory Board CLIB2021) inspired the teams to ‘think out of the box’ giving many examples of new feedstock and business opportunities. Kirsten Steinbusch (CEO DAB) presented Delft Advanced Biorenewables,  that offers a patented scalable (bio)reactor technology and shared her views on developing her business. A great biotech business example for  the students which resulted in many questions and tips. 

During the kick-off all the teams pitched their idea and motivation under supervision of Patricia Osseweijer. Prior to the event all team were asked to fill in a Sustainable Entrepreneurship Scan, developed by Lisa Ploum (Wageningen University), who also presented the promising results: average score was higher than usual.

The final challenge for all the teams is to write an innovative business plan based on a design for sustainable production of biorenewable products such as biofuels and biomaterials or partial solutions that will support developing those products. To give the students an idea about a solid business plan, Jeroen Veenenbos from Erasmus Centre of Entrepreneurship, welcomed the students in the world of business giving them many examples of successful and failed business plans. This was an eye opener and a challenge for many students.  

The teams will follow a master class in April focussing on developing their business case and by the end of May they will have to submit their business plans. At this moment a similar process is ongoing for the teams in Brazil. 

The semi-finals for all the country’s will be held in June and the finals in October during the 3rd Brazilian BioEnergy Science and Technology (BBEST) in Campos do Jordão, Brazil. The final award of  €10.000,- will be provided for by Corbion to further enrol the business plan.

 

Launch of the 1st annual Global Biobased Business competition (G-BiB) 31 October 2016

The first annual Global Biobased Business competition (G-BiB), an initiative of the BioInnovation Growth mega-Cluster (BIG-C), is now open for registration. The competition is for Master and PhD students in Germany, the Netherlands and Brazil. The objective of G-BiB is to stimulate entrepreneurship and innovation producing a biorenewable chemical, material and/or fuel product. 

The competition will allow teams, with a minimum of 2 Master/PhD students from universities and universities of applied sciences in Germany, the Netherlands and Brazil to compete and work together. Master and PhD students are being stimulated to participate in mixed teams. The teams will be supported by their university and BIG-C will organise extra support during the kick-off meeting and a masterclass halfway the competition. 

The challenge is to design an innovative business plan based on the design for sustainable production of a biorenewable product such as biofuels, biochemicals or biomaterials. A professional jury will be appointed by BIG-C per country to evaluate the business plans on the following aspects: quality of the proposed design, viability of the business plan, originality of the proposed business idea, sustainability performance and presentation of the plan. Semi-finals will be organised per country resulting in three teams that will participate in the overall finals organised at the 3rd Brazilian BioEnergy Science and Technology (BBEST) in Campos do Jordão, Brazil. The final award of  €10.000,- will be provided for by industry to further enrol the business plan.

Team registration is open until 12 December 2016 (for the Netherlands and germany) and 31 January 2017 (for Brazil).

For more information on the competition and registration please visit the G-BiB website!

  • Delft University of Technology
  • BioDetection Systems B.V.
  • Bioclear earth
  • Food & Biobased Research
  • VU University Amsterdam
  • Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)
  • Corbion Purac
  • Utrecht University
  • Maastricht University
  • Synthon
  • DSM
  • Microdish BV
  • Wageningen UR
  • AkzoNobel
  • Deltares
  • MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology
  • University of Amsterdam
  • University of Groningen
  • Radboud University Nijmegen
  • TU Dortmund
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Microlife Solutions
  • Essent New Energy B.V.
  • Amyris, Inc.
  • Imperial College London
  • ClearDetections
  • Soil Cares Research
  • Dyadic
  • Friesland Campina
  • Delft Advanced Biorenewables
  • Basidiofactory
  • Chr. Hansen
  • NIZO food research B.V.
  • Tertium
  • Stichting Natuur en Milieu
  • ECN
  • Leiden University
  • Platform Bio-Energie
  • CSK Food Enrichment
  • Bioprocess Pilot Facility
  • SkyNRG
  • Zirk Technology
  • Procede Group
  • ChainCraft
  • Deltalinqs
  • GEVO
  • Sweco
  • Proteonic
  • Goodfuels
  • Groen Agro Control