“The insights we learned from the Challenge helped our team structure our technical and commercial strategy. After winning the competition, our team has successfully developed and launched our first product - a plant-based paneer - across Mumbai on various platforms!”
“Throughout ISPIC, GFI India provided us with invaluable insights, expert guidance and key connections within the smart protein community. Beyond the Challenge, we were given the opportunity to present our work to a wider audience, and we're now in talks with VCs and accelerators! We were also recently part of the ProVeg Summer 2022 acceleration program, where we won the demo day jury award, and now we’re working on a circular economy business model with a supermarket chain with 800 stores in Colombia.”
“Prior to ISPIC 2021, we were individuals with a general interest in this sector. But the Challenge technically groomed us and provided tools to solve its key challenges. ISPIC 2021 acted as an incubator, introducing me to my co-founder, and provided us with the direction and guidance we needed to start our venture. We have now set up a research lab in Pune to develop proof of concept for our cultivated shrimp and prawns. Simultaneously, we are also raising our pre-seed to expedite the process of bringing our proof of concept to fruition.”
“Our alternative seafood startup emerged out of ISPIC 2020 and is advancing technology to overcome current challenges in reproducing seafood alternative textures. ISPIC has been a catalyst in incubating founders and their ideas and further fueling post-challenge activities and in-kind support. We recently revealed our plant-based seafood whole-cuts and are working for commercialisation towards the end of this year."
“This 5-month-long journey has been incredible. Our motive was to train our interns through the Challenge’s proprietary Digital Lab certification. The rest of the Challenge was key in deciding our product propositions - as we learnt a lot about project proposals, pitch presentations, innovation, and strategies for solving the challenges in the alternative protein sector."
“Through the 5 month journey, I was able to understand the landscape thanks to GFI’s curated resources and the mentors we got to connect with. The fact that the Challenge was open to both students as well as working professionals helped me build my network."