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Eating insects thanks to BSE Academy

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2013-06-13 - Sustainable construction, renewable energy, green chemistry, green and white biotechnology, waste and water management and sustainable food: these are the fields of activity promoted by the Brussels Sustainable Economy (BSE) Academy.

90 candidates put their names forward in October 2012, and 25 entrepreneurs were selected to take part in the academic year 2013.

The concluding party for the second year of the BSE Academy took place on 12 June. The eight start-ups pitched their projects to a panel of investors and a panel of judges responsible for awarding the BSE Prize and the Triodos Sustainable Impact Award.

  • The BSE Prize went to Bug’sFood (use of insects in food products) andBamboo Compounds(pre-impregnated bamboo fibres that can be used as a composite reinforcing material) for their innovative and industrial character and their job creation potential. Bug’sFood will receive three months of accommodation at the Village Partenaire business centre and five hours of marketing consultancy with Into The Minds. Both start-ups will also receive a year of support from ABE-BAO.
  • The project Tale Me(children’s clothes) won the Triodos Sustainable Impact Award, worth 2,500 euros. The prize was awarded by the Triodos Bank for the project’s long-term potential and the team’s entrepreneurial spirit.
  • The Public Prize also went to the project Tale Me.

The Brussels Sustainable Economy (BSE) project was set up in 2008 on the initiative of the Ministers for the Environment, Energy and Urban Renovation, the Economy and Employment in the Brussels-Capital Region. It is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and aims to create businesses and jobs in the environmental sectors in the Canal territory.

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