To be amongst the leading contributors to sustainable, technological progress by researching and developing products and production methodologies inspired by natural processes, that require low amounts of energy, add to global decarbonization and utilize untapped local resources.
To validate the innovation opportunity for low carbon footprint, industrial-scale manufacturing of environmentally viable products. Our current goal is to align industrial decarbonization with local economic development while decreasing the quantities of plastic derivatives that dominate the market and end up in landfills.
The inherent low cost, light weight and durability of plastics are a part of the reason why a third of them ends up in landfills in the EU. Plastics carry a high carbon footprint and are created through environmentally damaging processes. Their short usage cycles worsen landfill waste accumulation and marine pollution. The take-make-dispose model of production and consumption has proven itself inefficient and an emerging need for zero waste solutions is apparent. Regulatory restrictions and recycling are vital steps forward that negate detrimental effects, but in order to reach a net zero carbon economy and sustainable development, a more fundamental approach is needed.
We offer a solution in the form of an economically viable, fully biodegradable composite material. The material consists of agricultural waste as a feedstock (straw, corn husks, tobacco stems etc.) and mushroom mycelium as a binding agent. The fungal organism feeds on the lignocellulose rich feedstock and produces hyphae that connect and bind the waste particles to form a bio-mass composite material, from which a multitude of products can be created - particle boards, protective packaging, construction materials, bio leather and more. Companies worldwide have began researching products created by combining lignocellulose rich feedstocks and mushroom mycelia and great progress has been made towards mass-market, biodegradable and environmentally viable goods. Here we see an opportunity to contribute to decarbonization through sustainable industrial production processes.
Atanas is a practicing architect and has over 5 years of experience in managing complex industrial-scale projects with diverse stakeholders, spread geographically, that require coordinating subcontractors and institutional partners. He is responsible for strategic planning and customer acquisition in the team.
Deyan has studied Business and Management at the University of Glasgow and subsequently acquired cross-cultural managerial experience, working with Japanese, German and Bulgarian teams both domestically and abroad. His activities in the past have included recruiting, training, motivation and quality control of key personnel.
Mariyana has over 10 years of experience in the field of cleantech and sustainable innovation. She is mentor and business coach of dozens of tech start-ups and has extensive expertise in international project management, establishment of acceleration programs, supporting innovative SMEs to access new markets and funding opportunities.
Lyubomir is a result-oriented professional with a strong financial and business background. In his career lifetime he has invested in a number of entrepreneurships and his visionary approach made the difference. Experience with financial, institutional, administrative and private organizations made him a strong decision maker and as such he is responsible for the overall strategic management of the project. Lyubomir is a member of the Managing Board of the Bulgarian Construction Chamber.
Albert is one of the leading experts in the field of Biotechnology in Bulgaria. He has over 30 years of experience and approximately 180 publications, many patents and books. He has worked on a number of large industrially oriented projects for large international corporations such as EADS, HUVEPHARMA and SELUR. Albert is the lead scientist in charge of technological development and testing.