About my Start-up
Upcyclink is the on-site by-products recovery solution.
One-third of all food produced each year worldwide is wasted, enough to feed 870 million people. We created Upcyclink in July 2021, to tackle food waste and losses. We focus on the food production and processing stage by proposing innovative solutions for the complete recovery of by-products.
How do we do that? Through the development of a new generation of recovery technology that transforms a wide variety of in situ side streams into high value-added products, before they become waste.
While the existing centralized management system allows for very little recovery of biowaste, Upcyclink opens up new perspectives. Logistics are facilitated by a modular and compact processing unit, and technologies are adapted to the needs of the operators and the target markets.
Using green technologies, our solution recovers high added value products for a wide range of application : food, feed, aquafeed, biofertilizers, nutraceutics, cosmetics,… for a zero waste valorization. With Upcyclink, waste becomes a resource.
Our ambition is to build a sustainable future where our solutions for the recovery of agro-residues are at the heart of a true circular economy for a triple benefit: social, environmental and economic.
Upcyclink’s team (5 people) has a strong background in areas such as by-product valorization, biotechnology, food science, food processing, food safety, process engineering. Innovation is at the heart of our project.
Upcyclink has been awarded the prestigious “Solar Impulse Efficient Solution” label, which recognizes cost-effective solutions to protect the environment.
Why your idea is a “winner"?:
Our solution addresses the economic and environmental challenges of the food system: producing better and more in order to feed nearly 10 billion people by 2050. It is sustainable and cost-effective and is an innovative tool to create a transformation of the highly linear food system into a circular model.
What is your current or intended business/revenue model?:
Our sources of income come from :
- expertise and engineering services
- a know-how transfer license in the form of success fees
Do you have any Patent or IP registered (related to the solution that you are looking for an investment)?:
We have protected our know-how with a notary deposit. We will register one patent this year.
Has your technology already been implemented in any field/sector?:
Yes, our technology has already been implemented in the valorization of seafood.
Which market and customer need(s)/problem(s) is (are) your products(s)/service(s) going to solve?:
In Europe, around 90 million tons of food and 700 million tons of crop are wasted every year. In average, the largest share of food loss and waste is generated at consumption level, (46%), followed by primary production (25%), processing and manufacturing (24%), and distribution and retailing (5%). We focus on the biowaste generated during primary production and processing stages.
In spite of the engaged actions, numerous efforts remain to be done in order to improve those biowaste management. Indeed, primary producers (agriculture and fisheries) and food-processing industries (≈ 290,000 SMEs) generate more and more important volumes of production and thus an increasing waste deposit (9 and 17 million tons in EU respectively). Environmental issues, increasingly restrictive regulations and rising costs require operators to find new sources of value for their bio-waste.
With our solution, operator :
-makes the most of all losses and food waste & convert cost into profit (+25% more food product, several products of interest, zero waste)
-meets its process needs thanks to a modular and compact processing unit which simplifies logistics
-improve its environmental footprint with circular economy approach