Accelerate Alumni (Cohort 8)
Total funds raised
ESG, climate action
Inspired by nature and driven by technology, Better Origin sets out to transform food waste into sustainable products with the help of insects. Their systems, powered by AI, help food companies launch low-carbon alternatives of their existing products as well as create new innovative lines. All Better Origin’s technology is designed in a localised manner, minimising transport and supporting the local food chain.
After a successful launch of carbon neutral eggs with Morrisons, Better Origin’s goal is to produce more sustainable and nutritionally complete pet food products. They have created the Origin X-Series, a factory unit featuring the world’s only processing line designed with insects in mind. This means better, more sustainable and healthy ingredients for cats, dogs, wild birds, and small pets across the UK and Europe.
Better Origin has created over 60 jobs, of which 30 are currently employed by the company directly, ranging from highly specialized to unskilled positions.
In 2020, Better Origin launched their X1 modular insect farm housed in shipping containers with the upgraded X2 device launched in 2022.
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