Presenting an integrated business idea related to the agri-food sector, the team “The ReCirclers" co-ordinated by Dr. Sofia Lalou, professor of the Department of Food Science and Technology at Perrotis College, won the first place at the Summer School "EIT Food, European Institute of Innovation & Technology”.
Dr. Lalou’s team proposed the manufacture of food packaging material from industrial waste that extends the life of the product. The proposal was based on Dr. Lalou’s idea to utilize suitable food waste that is produced in large quantities and has antimicrobial properties. The winning proposal attracted the interest of investors and received particularly positive reviews for the holistic approach, the completeness and viability of the idea -from the raw material to the rejection of the final material- and the ability of the team to answer the investors' questions. The winning team, among other things, was awarded for its participation in the "Center for Global Equality."
The Summer School on "Future Food Ventures: Creating sustainable value propositions" brought together participants from different countries and different academic fields and was co-organized by the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, the University of Aaarhus in Denmark and the company Better Origin. Participants were divided into groups and invited to gradually build their agri-food business idea based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the end, the different business proposals / ideas were presented to investors to approach their interest for future cooperation.
EIT-Food is a leading initiative for innovation in the field of foodstuffs aimed at creating a sustainable food industry, with the participation of industry, start-ups, research centers and universities from various European countries. It works closely with consumers to develop new knowledge and technologies that will offer a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle for European citizens.