Food Tech startup wins accelerator program

Friday 07 May 21
by Nasrin Billie


Diana Landaes Lundgren
Programme Manager
DTU Skylab
+45 93 51 09 86

About DTU Skylab Ignite

10-weeks startup accelerator that supports early-stage tech startups to become customer-driven. Skylab Ignite runs Spring and Autumn. As part of Skylab Ignite your startup team accelerates through:
1. Individual 1:1 coaching with professional coaches
2. Exclusive access to business development workshops
3. Pitching experience to corporates, customers and investors
4. Fun, learning, inspiration, and networking

Skylab Ignite Spring 2021 batch features Nordhelm, DivERS, Relevo Technology, Tempty Foods, Denwa, Reform Climbing, High Precision Systems and DiaSense.
The 50.000 DKK prize money towards the Ignite Finals is donated by Christian Nielsens Fond. 

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Thursday, May 6, 2021 eight teams pitched their business cases at the DTU Skylab Ignite Finals that was streamed live from DTU Skylab's LinkedIn profile.

Skylab Ignite is DTU Skylab’s 10-weeks startup accelerator that supports early-stage tech startups to become customer-driven. 

The three expert judges; Stine Mølgaard Sørensen, Frederik Nygaard and Christian Brix Tillegreen, selected Reform Climbing as the runner-up, and Tempty Foods as the ultimate Skylab Ignite Spring 2021 winner. Also, Relevo Technology won the Audience Favourite by 113 votes out of 260 from the audience following the finals on LinkedIn.

Crunchy snack won the judges over
The judges awarded Tempty Foods the grand prize of 25.000 DKK for their the tofu-like food product made from mycelium, which they regard as a unique, timely and sustainable addition to the growing alternative protein market.

“Tempty Foods had a convincing product with a lot of potential, so we definitely want to accelerate their business case. Luckily, they are their own target audience, so that will help them cultivate a competitive drive going forward. Also, it tasted very good, like a crunchy snack,” says Stine Mølgaard Sørensen, Co-founder & COO, Radiobotics ApS.

The winning project aims to offer a tasty, nutritious and sustainable plant-based alternative to meat. And with the prize money gives Tempty Foods a welcome boost to their go-to-market-strategy.

“The judges tried some of our first prototypes, which are fresh out of the kitchen, so we are beyond happy and grateful for this recognition. We have worked so hard, and we really believe that we can reach our ultimate goal, which is to grow our own mycelium,” says Martina Lokajova from Tempty Foods, which also counts Ana and Cecilie.

Cleantech project climbs to the top
Reform Climbing was awarded the second money prize of 15.000 DKK sponsored by Chr. Nielsens Fond, for their recyclable and cost effective 3D-printed climbing holds.

“We as judges didn’t know that the world needed this product, but Reform Climbing surely convinced us with their passionate drive and genuine interest in climbing. They are not out to save lives with their invention, but the product still has an impact and a potential to change the world. We called them Patagonia 2.0”, says Stine Mølgaard Sørensen.

The validation as well as the prize money comes in handy for the early stage startup, who are looking into enhancing the product.

“We have worked non-stop for the past three months, so we are really happy to be selected as runner-up in the finals. We wholly believe in our product, and the next step is to use a vacuum forming tool to develop a membrane, says Thomas Kjær, which makes up Reform Climbing together with Nicholas Tomkins.

Entrepreneurial spirit and startup eagerness at its highest
Although, the Ignite Spring 2021 teams has participated in a very different version of the startup accelerator, consisting of virtual classes and workshops due to corona lockdown and restrictions, it has not negatively affected the entrepreneurial spirit and startup eagerness.

“The quality of the startup projects is astonishing, considering that the teams have been limited in the things that we usually encourage; networking and interacting with each other in the psychical space. Nevertheless, the early stage startups have really stepped up to the challenge with an unmatched entrepreneurial drive to make a positive impact. This eagerness could even be fueled by the current situation”, says Mikkel Sørensen, Head of DTU Skylab.

Ignite Project Manager Diana Lundgren agrees and elaborates on this point:

“Each year, the level of the students, researchers and other participants entering Ignite soars, which really puts us to the test. We as educators and coaches are continuously pushed to customize the program so it fits better with the participants' increasing knowledge about entrepreneurship and innovation. It’s really exciting to be part of their startup journey, and we are so proud of them”, says Diana Lundgren.

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