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The jury of the WUR ReThink Waste Challenge an international student competition organised by Wageningen University & Research has selected 18 teams from 27 submissions to advance to the second round. The candidates must now prove that their idea is technically feasible, has market potential and a positive environmental impact.
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The ReThink Waste Challenge is an international student competition organised by Wageningen University & Research. The goal is to come up with a business idea or a prototype that contributes to a circular biobased economy, bringing a zero-waste future one step closer.

The teams that will continue are:

  • Adline
    Sustainable food raw material utilization in food processing.
  • Afterlife
    Challenging the afterlife of conventionally dead agro-food waste.
  • BB&B
    Direct clean waste stream from plum processing companies to insulation production.
  • Brotis
    Turning bread waste into healthy on-the-go snacks.
  • Bubb/e
    Generating energy out of waste gases using a bubble column power generator.
  • Cult Factor
    Creating a sustainable and cost-effective cellular agriculture industry.
  • Eco-protein
    Recovering protein from waste meat exudate for industrial applications.
  • Eco-living
    A digital food waste bank innovation connecting households, food waste managers, and customers.
  • ElectrOlive
    Obtaining energy and reducing waste in the olive industry.
  • Fermentera
    Fermenting waste from the pineapple industry into products.
  • Go-Biolet
    Turning waste biomass to biopellets as an alternative for wood.
  • Live Twice
    Transforming agricultural waste to resources for various industries
  • Pomace
    Flavour and aroma compounds from residual cider production streams.
  • Sunsoil Energy
    Replacing mulch or plastic inside greenhouses.
  • Waste^2
    Maximum energy recovery of energy from digestate.
  • Wastebook
    Precise accounting methods for food waste and loss quantities.
  • Watercoin
    Solving problems related to the availability of drinking water
  • Zerowaste Cashews
    Developing high-value products from the cashew apple.

After the next round (late May), only the top 10 candidates will advance to the final, which takes place at the end of June .

See also:

Nearly 200 students from over the world join the quest for a zero-waste future with the WUR ReThink Waste Challenge (article, Agro&Chemistry 12 January 2023)

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