Entomics is transforming food waste into sustainable, renewable resources using insects
The Black Soldier Fly
Black Soldier Fly larvae convert food waste into fats and proteins inside their bodies. Our innovative engineering system optimizes both the productivity of these larvae, and the synthesis of three high-value products downstream:
biodiesel, protein meal, and biopesticide-fertilizer.
Instead of breaking food waste down into simpler 'building blocks' like most current solutions, we are building food waste up into more complex and more valuable chemical compounds by leveraging the insects' metabolism.
A passion for combining science and sustainability
Strategy & Growth
Matt grew up in Australia before attaining a B.A. in Political Economy at UC Berkeley. He worked in banking and consulting for 5+ years, and recently completed his MBA at Cambridge Judge Business School. He is passionate about promoting sustainable resource use in developing countries.
"We're excited by this
opportunity, not just around the commercial potential, but also the positive environmental impacts it can have on society"
Joe grew up on a forestry plantation in Devon, and has worked in different agricultural sectors as well as silviculture and mechanics. He graduated from Cambridge with a degree in Natural Sciences specialising in plant ecology, where he studied sustainable agriculture, food security and insect biology.
"Optimising insect growth and productivity is an ongoing task, but we're able to leverage these organisms' amazing biological characteristics"
Fotis is a mechanical engineer with experience in Energy and Oil & Gas. Born in Greece, he spent 3+ years as an engineering consultant in the UK, before graduating from Cambridge with a Masters in Sustainable Engineering, focusing on the efficacy of off-grid power solutions.
"Trying to combine traditional engineering solutions and biological systems is a largely unexplored area, but there is huge potential for innovation"
Miha is a biochemist who is studying a Masters in Natural Sciences at Cambridge. Originally from Slovenia, he is currently developing technologies in cancer research, and is interested in exploring technology development and alternative models of translational research.
"We're trying to take a very R&D-focused approach with the business, as there is still so much room for knowledge to be developed and shared freely"
Entomics is already working with organisations like Sainsburys, the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) and the Cambridge City Council to optimise our prototype.
We are always looking to develop new partnerships, and look forward to chatting with anyone who is interested in transforming food waste into a positive resource.