The social problem of waste streams that are not, or not sufficiently, used for human consumption lies at the heart of this project. It is therefore a very relevant subject, in which several partners are involved. UCLL University College, Flanders Food, Rikolto, Zoete Potjes, Konings NV and Generation Food were all involved.
The students who participated in the makeathon and the start-up also worked together on a multidisciplinary basis. This resulted in a lot of positive feedback from both lecturers and students, said Kristel Vanhoof and Yvon Ijsseldijk, lecturers in Nutrition and Dietetics. "A mutual respect arose between the different programmes. Things were looked at from a new point of view, which would never have made such an impact during a theory lesson". The students of the start-up also say that they learn a lot from each other and really need each other to be able to launch the product properly.
It took a huge journey from an idea to a product launch. This journey does not stop when the granola is produced. The start-up will have to run its own business from now on.
An initiative such as the Makeathon can achieve great things, as it turned out. The cooperation between the various partners and the multidisciplinary collaboration of the students was the key to the success. This will hopefully inspire other students or young entrepreneurs, which will undoubtedly lead to more such success stories.
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