Startups of the Zewil Accelerator 1st Edition 2020

SmartBreed is a Swiss Agritech startup that offers insect breeders a local and complete breeding solution with the goal to make insect breeding industrially available and economically attractive. The advantages of insects are to be made accessible through stackable fully automated breeding boxes. With this breeding system, one can breed a few kilos or several tons of insects per year, for zoos, as food or feed.

We enable Zoos, food and animal feed industry converting local agricultural waste into high-quality proteins and fertilizers via insects. Legalization of insects as animal feed offers great potential next year.

Stadtpilze grows gourmet mushrooms on sawdust and coffee grounds, in food-safe plastic buckets from Basel’s gastronomy, for Basel and the region. The waste is reduced to a minimum, the transport is emission-free and the product leftovers are further used as fertilizer and compost. The goal is to be completely zero waste!

We produce 150 kg oyster mushrooms each month, that we sell to local restaurants, on markets and directly to private consumers. Since 1.5 years, we produce more exoctic mushrooms, like Lions Mane, Shiitake, Maitake, King Oyster and Reishi on a smaller scale to test the optimal composition of the substrate. We are planning to build a new cultivation site, where we are able to produce more and different gourmet mushrooms at a larger scale at the same time.

WERT!Stätte creates new products with food that has already been produced and not consumed. This is realized in a community and reintegration environment with people from different life situations and phases of life. The goal is to generate creative and flexible solutions to combat material and food waste, poverty and loneliness.

What Wert!Stätte does is: educate and sensitize regarding waste of resources and unnecessary resource consumption; save resources and giving them back a VALUE by processing and distributing them or by giving them to people with little income; give structure, stability and meaningful employment to people who are in a difficult phase of their lives or who are without a daily structure within the framework of employment programs, and thus give them a chance to reintegrate into the primary labor market.