AgroSustain obtains a FIT seed support of CHF 100’000

FIT | 23 November 2018

Protect and improve the resistance of foods in the agri-tech sector naturally and without danger for animals and humans: this is the ambitious project of AgroSustain. The startup has obtained a FIT seed support of CHF 100’000, one year after receiving a FIT grant – InnoTREK of the same amount.

AgroSustain opens new ways to extend the life span of products in a sustainable way. The young company of Epalinges (VD), which collaborates with the Agroscope of Changins, developed a new approach to identify plant derived molecules which are able to fight against a wide range of fungal pathogens.

The objective of AgroSustain is to reduce food waste caused by fungal pathogens in fruit and vegetable during storage as well as to extend storage life in supermarkets or at the consumers’ homes. More particularly, AgroSustain proposes to do so with natural and safe products for the human health.

AgroSustain obtained two FIT supports: in 2017 (FIT FIT grant – InnoTREK, CHF 100’000) and in 2018 (FIT seed of CHF 100’000). This comes on top of previous supports both at national level (including Venture Kick Stage III and BRIDGE Proof Of Concept) as well as international ( European Union Horizon 2020 Stage 1 and Climate-KIC programs).

The startup was able to carry research the all necessary tests to develop its first products with the support of many partners, among which Vaud and the FIT.

Olga Dubey

Read the full interview of AgroSustain founder, Olga Dubey, published on 22.11.2018 in “DEMAIN”, the magazine of the CVCI