Sustainability and Value Added in Agricultural Supply Chains

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Project duration: October 2023 – June 2024

The “Sustainability and Value Added in Agricultural Supply Chains” project in Uzbekistan is a significant initiative aimed at transforming the cotton sector in Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan is one of the world’s largest cotton producers, with cotton playing a crucial role in the nation’s economic and social fabric. Historically, the cotton sector in Uzbekistan faced numerous challenges, including forced and child labor, environmental damage, and inefficient practices, which tarnished the country’s global reputation. The government’s ambitious reform plan since 2016, aiming to increase value-added from cotton production and enhance the industry’s export potential, sets the stage for this project.

The project focuses on promoting sustainable cultivation methods, ensuring decent work standards, and fostering environmental responsibility across the entire cotton supply chain. It includes initiatives such as training in sustainable cotton production techniques, improving working conditions and environmental management in local textile clusters, and integrating the cotton and textile sector into international trade. This comprehensive approach seeks to elevate the cotton and textile industry’s international competitiveness while adhering to high social and environmental standards. This transformation is vital for Uzbekistan’s economic growth, providing a unique opportunity to establish a more sustainable, equitable, and profitable agricultural sector.

Ventures Thrive Programme

Funded by: The Ventures Thrive Action 

Duration: May – November 2023

Anteja has been awarded a Ventures Thrive programme for the VCG.AI solution – Transforming waste into resources with big data analytics and AI.

Ventures Thrive is a pioneering initiative aimed at accelerating the development of deeptech startups across Europe. Sponsored by the European Innovation Council, Ventures Thrive offers a comprehensive support package, including a €1.5 million grant distributed over two years. This support is crucial for up to 32 selected startups, including Anteja, focusing on tackling some of the most pressing global challenges. The project’s primary goal is to minimize market entry hurdles for deeptech companies, providing a blend of equity-free funding, access to specialized investors, and real connections with corporate partners to promote open innovation.

The Ventures Thrive program spans an 8-month period, featuring two distinct phases: Build and Growth. During the Build phase, Anteja will refine its business case with expert coaching, focusing on product development, commercialization, and forming strategic corporate partnerships. This phase concludes with a pitching opportunity to industry leaders. In the subsequent Growth phase, Anteja will receive tailored mentoring, participate in innovation strategy workshops and masterclasses, and engage in investment readiness programs. This phase is designed to solidify Anteja’s business case for addressing real-life corporate challenges, culminating in a Demo Day at Wolves Summit, with potential additional prizes for outstanding achievements.

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Support for Economic Reforms and Sustainable Economic Development in Regions of Uzbekistan

Funded by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH 

Project duration: October 2023 – November 2025

The project, “Support for Economic Reforms and Sustainable Economic Development in Regions of Uzbekistan,” represents a significant initiative aiming to bolster the implementation of economic reforms and foster local economic development in various regions of Uzbekistan. With a special focus on Tashkent, Karakalpakstan, Andijan, Namangan, and Ferghana, the project extends its influence to other regions like Khorezm, Kashkadarya, Sirdarya, Samarkand, and Jizzakh. Its main objectives include creating job opportunities in selected value chains through modern, innovative approaches, enhancing business development services, strengthening the capacities of local institutions in local economic development, and initiating Public-Private Dialogues to fortify cooperation between public and private sectors.

The project will not only contribute to the economic advancement of the regions but also involve the community and private sector in the development process. The Academy of Public Administration under the President of Uzbekistan plays a crucial role in this initiative, highlighting the project’s commitment to capacity building and sustainable development.

Biochar as a carbon sink and technology for circular bioeconomy

By: Maja Berden Zrimec Biochar, a solid carbon-rich material obtained from the pyrolysis of organic waste, is emerging as a valuable tool for sustainable agriculture, environmental remediation, and carbon sequestration. Biochar is produced through a process called pyrolysis, which involves heating organic waste in the absence of oxygen. This thermal treatment breaks down the waste […]

Transforming Organic Waste into Proteins – with Insect Larvae

By: Maja Berden Zrimec The alarming rate of global waste production and the escalating demand for animal protein sources have created two pressing environmental and food security challenges. Surprisingly, the solution to both may lie in something as tiny as insect larvae. Insect bioconversion has emerged as a sustainable, economically viable, and environmentally friendly solution […]

INNOBIOVC – Innovation Express for Circular Bioeconomy Value Chains

Funded by: Interreg Alpine Space, co-funded by European Union

Total eligible costs: 520.675 EUR; ERDF grants: 390.506 EUR

Project duration: 18 months

Circular bioeconomy value chains (CB-VC) are becoming more prevalent but are challenging to support due to their cross-regional nature. Typically, the circular input material is generated in one region, while manufacturing or processing takes place in another. As a result, clusters and regional agencies have limited insight into viable models and opportunities for CB-VCs, and financial institutions lack an overview of new circular value chains. INNOBIOVC addresses these issues by rolling out the Innovation Express Call Scheme (IECS) for CB-VCs in a transnational network of six Alpine regions and five countries.

The project will implement the IECS approach in regions that are interested in jointly supporting CB-VCs. It addresses previous bottlenecks like the challenge of finding appropriate partners for mutual product or solution development using the Value Chain Generator (VCG.AI). The project will also develop a sustainability assessment tool (SAT) to measure sustainability gains in functioning CB-VCs, empowering funding agencies, program owners, and investors to better measure sustainability gains induced by funding programs and investments.

The project has four main activities:

  1. Analyzing the current state of sustainability measurement approaches within value chains and on the company level.
  2. Rolling out an improved IECS with a focus on cross-regional value chains, key resources, and sectors such as agriculture, food and beverages, chemistry, polymers, and energy.
  3. Adapting the VCG.AI for better partner matching and exploitation.
  4. Developing a sustainability assessment tool (SAT) to better quantify the social, economic, and ecological sustainability gains.

To achieve success, several regions need to bundle their competencies and capacities to jointly develop cooperation leading to the creation of new biocircular value chains (BC-VC). None of the regions or single project partners can cover all items needed to build a complete BC-VC, and business models or value chains are not bound by regional or international borders. Therefore, all three core items of INNOBIOVC (IECS, SAT, VCG.AI) will be offered transnationally to all interested entities to ensure that the best possible partners will match. This approach will generate relevant new products and solutions through INNOBIOVC, leading to the establishment of new BC-VCs that are expected to grow substantially. These new BC-VCs will play a significant role in promoting a carbon-neutral and resource-sensitive Alpine Space.

Partners: Economic Development Agency Heilbronn Region (Lead partner), Business Upper Austria, Lombardy Green Chemistry Association, Chemistry Cluster Bavaria, and Anteja ECG

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Algae Potential in the Circular Bioeconomy

By dr. Maja Berden Zrimec The use of waste streams in biomass production can create a closed-loop system that minimizes waste and pollution. One of the most attractive opportunities for multiple industries is the use of algae, which can grow in various wastewaters and become a source of additional jobs and income. Wastewater treatment with algae is […]

Mobility Platform Development in Tunisia

Anteja is committed to sustaining economic progress in the MENA region and is expanding its efforts to Tunisia. This March, we launched the “Mobility Platform Development in Tunisia” project with an important focus on the sustainable development of the aviation and automotive industries. The project will achieve a number of objectives, but in particular it will focus on creating additional employment opportunities in the sectors concerned, promoting the growth and improvement of connected clusters and their ecosystems, and improving factors related to gender and diversity.

Anteja leads the project and the international team that wants to help both sectors transform into a competitive mobility industry. The project is executed by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. 

Project duration: March 2023 – March 2024

The client: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Carbon Credits – the currency for trading emissions

by Maja Berden Zrimec In today’s increasingly environmentally conscious world, many people are looking for ways to reduce their impact on the environment and do their part in the fight against climate change. One popular way to do this is to buy carbon credits. But what are carbon credits and how do you get them? […]