Four Steps to Growing  Together

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Are you a startup or company that recognizes the power of plants and are searching for a partner to help grow new innovation? 

Do you want to scale your technology and solutions - or do you have ideas to start a commercial cooperation? Or perhaps you already have a first design or prototype of your innovation that you would like us to evaluate. Then welcome to our Open Innovation Platform where we are always looking for collaborators whose ideas and solutions match our search fields of interest or who can help with our ongoing challenges.

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Ullmanna set out to develop the fastest and most efficient intra-row weeding machine in the world. Powered by AI, this next generation robotic weeding technology aims to reduce the need for pesticides and will help to scale organic farming.

“It took little more than two video calls and before we knew it, we were on the path to validating our prototype with one of the largest food producers in Europe: Südzucker Group. We didn’t expect that meeting Johann and Florian and the team at MassChallenge would lead us so quickly to field trials with our new prototype. We are already discussing next steps for 2023 and beyond.”

Martin Ullmann, Founder and CEO of Ullmanna

LXP Group

LXP Group

LXP Group GmbH has developed a patented, state-of-the-art process to gently break down lignocellulosic biomass, particularly from residual and waste materials, making available the main components cellulose and hemicellulose (both complex sugars) as well as high-purity, natural lignin. The proprietary technology digests a wide variety of different biomasses, is scalable, and will unlock the potential of 2G biomass for the production of advanced biofuels and biochemicals.

“We are very excited about the cooperation with CropEnergies, the leading producer for renewable ethanol in Europe. The strategic reinforcement by CropEnergies enables us to expand our technology much faster and we look forward to taking the next steps towards industrial scale applications.”

Dr. Volker Bauer, CEO of LXP Group

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