The Global Biobased Business Competition (G-BiB) is a competition for Master and PhD Students in Germany, the Netherlands and Brazil. The objective of G-BiB is to stimulate entrepreneurship and innovation producing a biorenewable chemical, material and/or fuel product. G-BiB is an initiative of the BioInnovation Growth mega-Cluster (BIG-C).
G-BiB is a competition for Master and PhD students from universities and universities of applied sciences.
The first edition of G-BiB is organised in Germany, the Netherlands and Brazil. Semi-finals will be organised per country and the overall finals will be at the BBEST 2017 conference in Brazil.
The challenge is to write an innovative business plan based on a design for sustainable production of biorenewable products such as biofuels and biomaterials or partial solutions that will support developing those products.
- Teams with a minimum of 2 Master/PhD students from universities and universities of applied sciences in Germany, the Netherlands and Brazil
- Teams to include a mentor from their university.
- Joint kick-off meeting for German and Dutch teams; separate kick-off in Brazil for Brazilian teams
- (Business) masterclass halfway organised per country
- Semi-finals per country in June 2017
- Overall finals in Brazil at BBEST in October 2017
- National Award: trip to Brazil for the finals
- Final award € 10.000 - provided for by industry to further enrol the business plan
- Online registration: until 12 december 2016 (12.00 CET)
- Confirmation participation per country via email: 19 december 2016
- Joint kick-off meeting for Germany and the Netherlands: january 2017
- Masterclass organised per country: april 2017
- Online submission per country: until 31 may 2017 (12.00 CET)
- Semi-finals per country: june 2017
- Finals at BBEST 2017 in Brazil: october 2017
- Online registration: until 31 january 2017 (17.00 CET)
- Confirmation participation per country via email: 7 february 2017
- Kick-off meeting: 10 march 2017
- Masterclass organised per country: april 2017
- Online submission per country: until 23 june 2017 (12.00 pm)
- Semi-finals per country: july 2017
- Finals at BBEST 2017 in Brazil: October 2017
SANergya announced as winner of the G-BiB competition at BBEST 2017!
The winning team Arcione Ferreira Viagi, Fabricio Miguel Farinassi (holding the cheque) and Ederaldo Godoy, Jan Wery (Corbion) on the left and the organising team on the right: Patricia Osseweijer, Sandra Ransdorp, Glaucia Souza, Heitor Cantarella, Luuk van der Wielen, Luiziana Ferreira da Silva and Flavia Vischi Winck (photo: Claudio Arouca)
The jury selected the Brazilian team from Taubaté with their SANergya proposal as the winner of the G-BiB competition. The overall final of the first annual Global Biobased Business competition (G-BiB), an initiative of the BioInnovation Growth mega-Cluster (BIG-Cluster), took place on October 19, 2017 at the 3rd Brazilian BioEnergy Science and Technology Conference (BBEST) in Campos do Jordão, Brazil. The competition aimed to stimulate entrepreneurship and innovation. The challenge for all the teams was to write an innovative business plan based on a design for sustainable production of biorenewable products such as biofuels and biomaterials or partial solutions that will support developing those products.
N-Chroma from Wageningen University, SANergya from the University of Taubaté and Bicomer from the University of Bielefeld competed in the overall final after they won the semi-finals in respectively the Netherlands, Brazil and Germany. They were chosen from a total of 14 teams, existing of Master and PhD students.
N-Chroma made a business plan to commercialize the use of microorganisms to produce sustainable high-quality colour compounds for use in the food, cosmetic and nutraceutical industries. SANergya will provide solutions for waste treatment through biogas purification and add value to by-products e.g. convert surplus sludge and municipal waste in biogas to also produce fertilizer and elemental sulphur and Bicomer made a business plan to develop a fermentative platform technology to produce valuable carotenoids like astaxanthin for the cosmetics industry with aims to develop AVASTA (copolymer of AVA and ASTA) for the cosmetics industry at a later stage.
The teams pitched their business plans to the BBEST audience and the jury. The jury members, Gonçalo Pereira (CTBE), Jan Wery (Corbion), Wilson Nobre Filho (FGV) and Manfred Kircher (CLIB2021) were very positive about the spirit and enthusiasm of the three teams and praised their businesses plans to contribute to a more sustainable bioeconomy. The jury was positive about the long term prospective and value-added potential for both Bicomer and N-Chroma with their flexible technology and product range. According to the jury SANergya proposed to use simplistic technology to provide a highly needed service with a large GHG emission reduction potential. They developed an interesting no cure no pay model offering a complete service on site for waste and wastewater treatment for industrial plants. Their target market is impressive with concrete industry commitment.
Jan Wery handed over the award of €10.000,- provided by Corbion to the team from SANergya to further develop their business plan. SANergya will use the money to set up a pilot plant to scale up their technology.
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