Automated edible insect bioreactor

Optimizing edible insect farming

A scalable edible insect habitat to significantly reduce production costs and help produce a more sustainable food chain.

Use Case

Insect farmers face a number of challenges and having to repeat a number of tasks each and everyday. They care about sustainability and know that the process used to grow insects shouldn't be so labour intensive. VIcurra aims to revolutionize the way that insects are grown. By developing technology that can dramatically reduce the costs and pains associated with growing insects, insect farmers can make this sustainable food available at each and every meal reducing our carbon footprint across the food-chain. By automating the process of growing insects and using additional technology to increase efficiency, the farmers will be able to provide their customers with the best possible product while increasing profit margins.

Potential

Our current global food system has a tremendous effect on the environment. The over consumption of animal products is a top contributor to climate change and is incredibly resource-intensive. We believe that edible insects have the potential to be a major part of the solution to this problem. They are an incredibly powerful way to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions, are nutrient dense and balanced, and require far less resources to farm than larger livestock. Although currently produced at high cost, our technology has the potential to significantly reduce these costs of growing insects. By doing so, we can help companies bring affordable and sustainable insect food products to the shelves. In turn, this will help to feed our planet in a more sustainable, healthy, and mindful way.

Business Case

VIcurra has created technology that automates the process of cricket growth. This product will reduce two of the major input costs to insect farmers: heat and labour. Ultimately, this will relieve the pain of the process inefficiencies that result in a costly product, and bring a more affordable product to the masses. Our primary revenue stream will come from the sales and leasing of our product to our customers, which will be priced according to the potential cost savings to be made. Our customers consist of existing insect farms that could benefit from the automation needed to create a more affordable product, and new farms that are developing new infrastructure needed to have a competitive edge.

Objectives:

  1. Open hearts and minds to a sustainable, alternative source of protein, by introducing both local and global communities to edible insects.
  2. Help current and prospective insect farmers increase their efficiency by automating their production.
  3. Grow the edible insect market and make this superfood more affordable and available to everyone, feeding more people with less resources.

Team VIcurra

Vancouver, Canada

Our Team

Our Mission

Enable new and existing insect farmers to sustainably produce food for the growing global population.

Our Background

We are a group of business, science and engineering students who are passionate about improving the inefficiencies of our current global food system. We are convinced that there is a better way to produce more nutrient dense food that alleviates the stress this system imposes on the environment. We believe that a component of this solutions involves insects. However, there is room to improve the existing insect rearing processes. We aim to propel the industry forward by introducing technology that helps producers grow insects more efficiently and making insects more affordable and widely available.

Our Team

Our Mission

Enable new and existing insect farmers to sustainably produce food for the growing global population.Read More

Our Background

We are a group of business, science and engineering students who are passionate about improving the inefficiencies of our current global food system. We are convinced that there ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.