It’s our pleasure to announce the first VentureClass of 2020 on Thursday evening 23 January by Ronald Apeldoorn and Robin Spelbrink of Avebe.
Avebe is a cooperative of starch-potato growers focused on the market. Traditionally the focus was on extracting starch from potatoes. However, by developing innovative methods Avebe now also extracts proteins from potatoes that are intended for the food industry. But there is more…. A potato is a source of opportunities with even more ingredients that can be turned into value. In other words, if it’s in there, Avebe will extract it! Every day 1,350 Avebe employees work on using all the opportunities provided by potatoes to make life pleasanter, healthier and more convenient – for clients, members, and society as a whole.
In this VentureClass you have the opportunity to learn more about Avebe as a company, their innovative projects, and one project in particular: In addition to starch, the potato tuber also contains protein, which in the tuber serves as a nitrogen storage, defense mechanism against food and as enzymes to catalyze the metabolism. When the protein fraction of the potato is extracted via mild processes, the enzymatic action of the protein is retained. It appears that a large part of the enzyme fraction of the potato consists of lipase, and this lipase can be used not only to hydrolyze ester bonding but also to synthesize it. Under water-poor conditions, potato lipase appears to be able to form esters from fatty acids and small alcohols, thereby forming biodiesel. Avebe has filed a patent on this and has made this patent available to VentureWeb and IHOG to set up and work out a business case for this.
Join us to hear more about Avebe – and the following networking drinks on January 23!