Fogponic Modules with high practical relevance impressed expert jury – winners of the final round with five nominees – awards ceremony in Hanover at Agritechnica
(DLG). Lite + Fog GmbH from Berlin is the winner of the DLG Impulse Pitches 2023. The start-up company won the final round of live pitches, held on 15 November. The live presentations by the nominees, five pioneers, took place at the “Inhouse Farming – Feed & Food Show” of the DLG (German Agricultural Society) as part of Agritechnica 2023 in Hanover, Germany. Lite + Fog presented its innovation, the Fogponic Modules, to a trade audience and convinced the jury of experts. In addition to the depth of innovation and practical relevance, the aspects of economic efficiency and improvement of the environmental and energy situation were also decisive for the win.
A jury of experts selected five nominees in advance from numerous international applications and on the basis of strict selection criteria. As part of the final round in Hanover, the pioneers presented their innovations in the form of short presentations (“Impulse Pitches”). Each participant had the chance to convince the expert commission of their innovative product or concept in a ten-minute presentation followed by a five-minute discussion round.
The decision of the expert jury was clear: Lite + Fog scored with its depth of innovation and practical relevance, but aspects of economic efficiency and the improvement of the environmental and energy situation were also ultimately decisive for the win. The automated Fogponic Farming Modules from Lite + Fog offer a number of advantages. The hygienic standard of the modules makes it possible to grow plants and herbs for pharmaceutical projects, for instance. For example, it’s possible to grow insulin in lettuce or an mRNA vaccine in tobacco plants. This is a completely new and fascinating field of agriculture – “Plant Molecular Farming”. For more information visit: www.liteandfog.com
As different as the nominated products, concepts and technologies of the finalists at the Inhouse Pitching were in their approaches – all of them have the potential for the new or further development of the production and value chain of indoor farming as well as alternative feed and food production.
The jury of experts
The international jury consisted of seven renowned experts from research, education, industry and practice. It is chaired by Christopher Nigischer, consider it GmbH (Germany), and vice-chaired by Prof Katharina Riehn, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany). Other jury members are: Adrian Feiler, Bundesverband Aquakultur e.V. (Germany); Michael Gusko, Zero1 Health GmbH (Austria); Kristal Golan, BayWa Venture GmbH, New Protein Solutions at BayWa AG (Germany); Prof Tilo Hühn, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland) and Dr Stefan Pecoroni, GEA Westfalia Separator Group GmbH (Germany).
Inhouse Farming – Feed & Food Show
The “Inhouse Farming– Feed & Food Show” is the DLG’s (Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft – German Agricultural Society) new platform for the agricultural and food systems of the future. Closely networked with agricultural practice, it offers technical information, perspectives, innovations and business – from feed to food. It will take place until 18 November 2023 at the trade fair grounds in Hanover as part of Agritechnica. Next year, it will be part of EuroTier, the world’s leading trade fair for animal farming technology, and will take place in Hanover from 12 to 15 November 2024.
Additional information is available at: www.inhouse-farming.com
Photo 1: DLG Board Member Prof Katharina Riehn congratulates Martin Peter, Lite + Fog GmbH. The Berlin start-up won the DLG Impulse Pitches Inhouse Farming Feed & Food 2023.
Photo 2: DLG Board Member Prof Katharina Riehn (2nd from left) congratulates the five finalists of the DLG Impulse Pitches Inhouse Farming Feed & Food 2023. The winner of the Live Pitches was Martin Peter (3rd from left), Lite + Fog GmbH. Rohi Shalati (left) presented for Alpha-Protein GmbH; Martin Jager (2nd from right) for easyVEGAN GmbH; Gunnar Mühlstädt (right) for PUEVIT GmbH and Carolin Ackermann for SEAWATER Cubes GmbH.
Photos: DLG-Felix Holland