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    Date submitted
  • 30-Sep-2017

Entotein- Insect Production Farms

Abstract

To support the growing market demand for insects as animal feed and for human consumption, Entotein will combine technology and research to improve insect production. This business will help farmers in developing areas as well as in developed areas to raise insects more efficiently. There will be several scales of technology, ranging from just sensors and secure raising containers to automatic feed/water dispensers and processers. This will help increase efficiency, reduce labor, and increase scale of production, benefiting farmers in the US, consumers, and farmers in developing countries.

Additional Questions

Who is your customer?

Already insect producing farmers and those that want to begin insect farming

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

It will help provide vital income for those who have no opportunities in developing countries (i.e. Cambodia, Thailand). It will also provide new technology and innovation to increase scale of production for farmers in the US and developed countries, thus increasing supply while reducing labor involved. Currently, insect production is completely done by hand with limited technology to improve the process of raising and harvesting insects. The technology will be connected via IoT so temperature, humidity, and feed distribution can be done remotely.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

Using both a social entrepreneurship approach and a scale/production increase approach will provide multiple markets while also being beneficial for producers and consumers. Using IoT for insect production is a new approach and can improve the market and production, like automation did for domestic animals for food (i.e. pigs, cows, chickens).

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

I, as the entomologist and entrepreneur, will work with my team to design a system for production. My team will include people in marketing and PR, software design, social entrepreneurship, and network contacts in Cambodia and Thailand (who provide the experimentation). Advantages include having an entomologist on the team as well as the idea for both IoT for production and social entrepreneurship.