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GrubTubs joins the Tarmac TX 2017 Cohort and 3M to integrate social and tech

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 28, 2017 7:39:48 PM / by Robert Olivier

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Being part of TARMAC TX underscores the positive impact potential of GrubTubs 

GrubTubs is very excited to join the Tarmac TX cohort for 2017. As part of the 2017 cohort GrubTubs looks forward to broadcasting its unique business model amongst industry and investment titans for recycling food to offset animal feed costs for American farmers.

Generate positive impact with Tarmac TX

Tarmac TX, in partnership with 3M and CALSO, is a one-of-a-kind accelerator for technology startups developing a product or service addressing some of the most pressing social and environmental challenges of our times. Based in Austin, TX, their 9-month program offers selected startups free support services, including a co-working space, events & workshops, mentorship and networking opportunities in both the Tech and the Social ecosystems.

GrubTubs partnering with 3M has broad applications for redifining food safety for both city waste streams and farms.

As GrubTubs aims to support family farms by making feed affordable, there is a real opportunity to change how cities deal with food and food waste. Especially if you recognize that 3M is a partner with Tarmac TX and 3M has a tremendous expertice in wireless tracking, microbial detection, food safety and sensor technology. All of those components are crucial to make the next generation of GrubTubs that deliver safe food/feed to urban farms.

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Farming Insects for Poultry Feed

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 22, 2017 3:33:50 PM / by Robert Olivier posted in Recycling, Family Farms, Austin

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Greenhorns Radio Interview on Heritage Radio Network

Aired: Tuesday, March 21st 2017

It was such a pleasure joining Severine on "Greenhorns Radio." This was a great episode, about farming Black Soldier Fly for Animal Feed.

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GrubTubs' Poultry Feed Study got Published

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 8, 2017 4:59:16 PM / by Robert Olivier

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Bioconversion of organic wastes into biodiesel and animal feed via insect farming

K.C. Surendra, Robert Olivier, Jeffery K. Tomberlin, Rajesh Jha, Samir Kumar Khanal

Approximately one-third of all food produced for human consumption worldwide is wasted. The current waste management practices are not only costly but also have adverse impact on environment. In this study, black soldier fly (BSF) (Hermetia illucens) larvae were grown on food wastes to produce fat and protein-rich BSF prepupae as a novel strategy for efficient organic waste management.

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GrubTubs on ATXN.TV

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 29, 2017 5:28:21 PM / by Robert Olivier posted in Austin

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[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 29, 2017 5:12:06 PM / by Robert Olivier posted in Recycling, Food Waste, Austin

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The second annual [Re]Verse Pitch Competition wrapped up on Tuesday night with the $10,000 innovation prize going to social entrepreneur team GrubTubs. Their winning pitch was to use inedible canned goods from Central Texas Food Bank to make affordable, high protein livestock feed.

The [Re]Verse Pitch Competition is a one-of-a-kind social innovation program to turn valuable raw materials that are currently leaving local businesses, nonprofits and institutions as waste into the foundation of new social enterprises.

On Dec. 6, eight finalists pitched their repurposing business ideas to recycle or reuse byproduct materials from six participating Austin businesses and non-profits. Austin Creative Reuse, Central Texas Food Bank, In N Out Burger, Half Price Books, LIVESTRONG Foundation and the City of Austin Transportation Department pitched various types of materials currently being discarded as waste at the competition’s opening event in October during SXSW Eco. Entrepreneurs were inspired to look at these waste streams as potential profitable ventures—creating jobs and revenue for the Austin economy while reducing waste and helping the environment.

The GrubTubs team plans to use the winnings to seed their new social enterprise, beginning with purchasing the equipment needed to shred inedible canned goods so they can get to the food. The company then plans to feed the contents of the canned goods to grubs (larvae from the Black Soldier Fly). These grubs can eat anything and chickens love to eat grubs. By upcycling expired food into animal feed, GrubTubs offers Austin businesses affected by the Universal Recycling Ordinance an innovative way to recover nutrients in conjunction with a growing compost industry.

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