This year there were 334 entries into the competition. The top 10 finalists were just named. These teams will go on to participate in a 3-day "start-up accelerator program" before giving their final pitch to a panel of judges in February in Portugal.
Out of a handful of insect-based concepts, the standout and one of the finalists is a a team with a product called C-fu. C-fu is a process that transforms insects into a versatile meat that can be used much like tofu or reprocessed into other products.
Check out them out!
The food is definitely something I want to try! These students, hailing from Cornell University and York University, offer a solution to many of the problems associated with getting insects on the dinner table. 1) they are creating something that can be recognized as "food" in a culture where menus are full of hamburgers, tofu-burgers, black bean burgers, tempeh burgers, etc. 2) creating a product that may be easily packaged and easily prepared all over the world. Part of the problem with cricket flour is that the products coming from it are more "meal replacers" (protein bars and the like), rather than meals themselves.
I am very excited for this project and I am so glad they are getting the opportunity to refine their idea and a chance at some good start-up funds. I am hoping that we can make a little noise on their behalf.
If you tweet, these are good handles and tags to use!
@tffchallenge (host of the competition)
@tffcornell2014 (C-fu team)