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At Wageningen University & Research top scientists and students from all over the world join forces to work on projects that make a difference to ‘the quality of life’. We live and breathe sustainability and therefore realise that, to ensure a better future, a protein transition will be no less important than the current energy transition. This is why we do cutting-edge research: redesigning food systems, developing new protein sources from plants and microbes, and improving the quality of meat and dairy alternatives. Now we invite you to make change happen with us. Join the ReThink Protein Challenge’2 and make a difference!

Join the ReThink Protein Challenge ‘2 and make a difference!

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The Challenge

In the second edition of the ReThink Protein Challenge, we challenge you to come up with a business Idea or protoype that helps provide 9 billion people with enough protein in a way that is healthy, affordable and good for our planet.

From January until June 2021 you will develop, with support of top experts, a business idea or protoype that offers an innovative and sustainable approach to meeting protein needs and targets a specific market.

Important Dates

ReThink Protein #1

The first edition resulted in creation of twenty cutting-edge ideas, six of which made it to the podium. The winners of the Challenge were team GrainGain, with their innovative approach to reusing beer-brewing waste and team SWAP who explored possibilities silkwom as protein source. Just a bit more one year later the teams are few steps closer to implementation of their ideas.

Partners & participants about the Challenge


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One year after the ReThink Protein Challenge

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Grand Finale of the Rethink Protein Challenge: SWAP – Silkworm as Protein and GrainGain win!

Last Thursday it was time for the Grand Finale of the Rethink Protein Challenge, during which 20 student teams who made it to the finals competed with one another. The 20 finalists of the competition had already worked on their ideas or prototypes for months along ...

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ReThink Protein Challenge is organized by Wageningen University & Research with support of a broad network of partners.