Fast Track Cohort 2020

Growth Train Accelerator - Fast Track Program

We are happy to WELCOME the cohort of promising entrepreneurs,
startups, partners and collaborators
who aim to challenge and be challengedin this year’s
FAST TRACK program!

 

October 26 will see the kickoff of this year’s intensive 7-week program where participating startups are housed on-campus with intense mentor sparring, workshops and network meetings – all aimed at helping them achieve a specific set of goals.

The overarching theme among this year’s cohort is environmental and health sustainability. Their products or services all touch up on delivering a business model that also has the environment at the forefront.

 

This is the future of business development.

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THE COMPANIES

SEATRIENTS – Sweden/The Caribbean

Seatrients is co-founded by two female entrepreneurs, both with Caribbean descent. We met during our MA for Leadership for Sustainability at Malmö University where we started to work on the idea.

“My name is Amankwa Baptiste; a Malmo University masters graduate in Leadership for Sustainability, with a postgrad in Environmental Management and Policy from Harvard University. I decided to pursue environmental management and sustainability education to fill the need for equipped minds to shift the focus of established industries to become more aware and engaged with today’s challenges.”

“My name is Krishma Jean-Baptiste. My entrepreneurial pursuit began during my secondary education as the President of a Junior Achievement mini-enterprise but my inspiration comes from my father who is a French micro-entrepeneur. I have experience in the use of animal and plant-based compounds in the sustainable production of food and biotech products. I pursued MA in Leadership for Sustainability at Malmo University with a focus on fostering sustainability in the life science industry. ”

Seatrients will be primarily represented by Amankwa Baptiste.

We are very excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Growth Train program, and look forward to connecting and sharing with some of the region’s top business/marketing talents and innovative international participants. Through the help of Growth Train industry mentors, we would like to improve our business model into a more scalable one to reach the international market. We want to interact with the Agrifood network and look for potential opportunities to collaborate.

 

“Seatrients is developing plant based nutritional products using the Caribbean’s best kept secret, Sea Moss algae!”

NATURE FOODS – Latvia

Nature Foods is a food and beverage production company founded in 2017 by German Prof. Dr. rer. medic. Markus Masin, located in Latvia. Our goal is to combine medical and scientific knowledge with technological innovation to provide the best plant-based food options for a modern and health conscious consumer.

I am Michel Wettstein, CEO of Nature Foods SIA. My background is in economics & finance, but decided in 2017 to follow my interests into the world of startups and to do an MBA in innovation & entrepreneurship. I have combined my study period with learning everything about the Baltic startup ecosystem that I was interested in. This is around time time I met Prof. Dr. Markus Masin, the founder of Nature Foods SIA, I passionately knew immediately that this will be my next journey.

 

“We strongly believe dairy free, plant-based food products that are grown and produced in an environmentally sustainable way are the future of the global food market.”

I wish to learn a lot about the natural ecosystems, the growers and farming side of the region. I wish for inspiring & fruitful discussions and problem solving sessions between all of the program participants. At the same time, I wish to bring my Startup to the next level and prepare it for the future and all the necessary next milestones it has to reach. I believe, including partners & stakeholders we actively can transform the food system together to a good, healthy, socially correct and sustainable future.

ÖSELBIRCH – Estonia

We are a family-owned company from Estonia producing and marketing “ÖselBirch”​ refreshment drinks based on birch sap. Birch water is a traditional beverage in Nordic countries and its refreshing benefits for our health are long recognised.
Our speciality is fermented birch sap.

Its establishment was inspired by our beloved Grandma. Every spring, right when then snow starts to melt, she would tap the trees and collect the nutritious and tasty birch sap. In summer holidays, when the school’s out and the days are never-ending, we always went to visit her in Saaremaa (aka. Ösel), which is the biggest island in Estonia. The birch water, which was naturally fermented by the summer was then the best refreshment on a hot day at a hayfield.

Öselbirch is represented by Siiri Vene, who is a business graduate with expertise within financial analysis, risk management and business planning – which puts her at the forefront in evaluating new markets for Öselbirch.

 

“ÖselBirch – Made by Nature, brewed by Granny!”

Joining Growth Train will help us with our goal of growing our company and reach new European markets, and hopefully gain a wide network of partners, distributors and retailers that can join us in this journey. Not only that but also learn to tap into the Scandinavian consumer market to see how we can customize our offering while maintaining the core product and messaging.

HONEYFLOW – Nigeria/USA

Honey Flow Africa has a custom-built beehive that features patent-pending technology that offers an easier and more gentle way to harvest honey from bees without disturbing them; optimizes beekeeping operations by bringing the power of IoT, AI and Big Data to the African beekeeping process to improve honey production, processing, and predictability.

Honeyflow is represented by Amaete Umanah, a multi-disciplinary, parallel entrepreneur who is passionate about gadgets, software and hardware development, agriculture, livestock and technology. He has been responsible for systems integration at water treatment, food, beverage, pharmaceutical, utilities, and manufacturing plants around the world. He received BSEE from the DeVry University at Pomona, California.

 

“Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.”

Joining Growth Train, we want to get an outsider’s perspective on some of our most pressing challenges in the apiculture industry. Attending this program will give us a chance to step back, sort through, think creatively, reflect, re-invent and experience work from a whole new perspective. We want to develop a network that we can connect with as we scale our business.

AGROVA (Phylazonit™) – Hungary

Agrova Ltd. was founded in 2003 in Hungary and come a long way over the past decades – from a small family business to a modern enterprise. Setting the vision of improving soil health and preserving agricultural potential for future generations as a main target, the company has developed Phylazonit™ and Myrazonit™ liquid bacteria fertilizers which are made up of natural bacterium strains, increasing humus content and soil fertility in a natural way.

Szilvia Palakovics represents Agrova during the Fast Track program. She is responsible for the company’s international corporate relations, as well as the search for distributors in foreign markets. In addition to these, she assists the work of Agrova’s existing foreign partners and resellers in their marketing and professional activities, as well as in serving their customers.

 

“We truly believe that this would serve not only our, but the whole planet’s interest.”

By participating in the Fast Track program, Agrova hope to gain expertise on how to become a successful company abroad, since they already have become a successful and acknowledged market leader in Hungary. Agrova is also being present in the neighboring markets and now aims to expand its business abroad. With the help of this program, besides getting better knowledge on Danish market, they wish to set up a profound and convincing business plan which enlightens both the ecological and the financial advantages of their products, thus spreading the soil friendly attitude in the agricultural sector.

THE LECTURES & HEAD MENTORS

Adam Montandon

Adam Montandon

Public Speaking Coach

Anders Fritz-Carlsen

Anders Fritz-Carlsen

Finance & Investor Strategist

Søren Bjerregaard

Søren Bjerregaard

Go-to-Market Strategist

THE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MENTORS

Anders Due

Anders Due

Kristian Lund

Kristian Lund

Christian Høegh

Christian Høegh

Steffen Lund

Steffen Lund

Claus Madelung

Claus Madelung