Wastewater Treatment Challenge

We are looking for sustainable solutions to improve our wastewater treatment in our food processing facilities! Ended
Is your company working on sustainable solutions that could help us to improve our current wastewater treatments? Do you have proven ideas and concepts to treat, reuse or recycle wastewater streams? If so, then you definitely have to continue to read and learn more about this challenge and how you can become a part of our international network! 

What are we looking for?

How to be eligible for this challenge:
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You have specific expertise in food processing within the described challenge
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You have proven solutions or products with at least first pilot projects
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You are flexible to customize your solution for our special needs
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You have the capacity to run and support trials and pilot projects either in Germany, North America, or Brazil

Focus Areas

New Chemicals & Organisms
Sustainable Solutions
Innovative Equipment & Technology


Hey startup, we at GELITA strive to reduce our carbon footprint. Do you have solutions to contribute to this? 

We want to make food processing more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Join us in innovating and improving (animal-based) wastewater treatment and get the chance to grow together with GELITA, a global protein producer with 21 production facilities worldwide. 

You will have the opportunity to test and pilot your product as well as exchange ideas with us and get feedback from our experts to make qualified adaptions to your solution. 

About you:

We want to truly make a difference and tackle limitations in the current wastewater treatment as a first step. Join this challenge if your company ... 

  • … researches and works with new chemicals and/or organisms for wastewater treatment 
  • … develops sustainable, green solutions to treat, reuse or recycle wastewater streams 
  • … provides innovative equipment or technology which increases the energy efficiency of wastewater treatment stations 
  • … is focused on technologies that control and predict process performance through sensors or AI 

What's in it for you as a Startup?

Collaborate with experts

You have the opportunity to work closely with our experts and receive qualified feedback on your solution, enabling you to continuously improve it. 

A global sourcing and supply network

You have the chance to cooperate with GELITA's global sourcing and supply network.

World-class references

Receive world-class references for your startup to get the word out and keep the ball rolling!

Win GELITA as a long-term customer

Even after the challenge, you will have the chance to develop a potential long-term business relationship with a global player in the protein industry. 

Possibility of a sponsored pilot project

As a winner you will get the opportunity to receive support from GELITA for a joint pilot project. 


Project terms

Access the project terms(PDF) here.

Frequently asked questions

How can startups get involved?

As soon as the application stage launches you can complete our 10-minute application form using the link at the top of this page. All you need to do after that is sit back and wait for us to get back to you!


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    Applications Open! 2021-03-24
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    Extended Deadline 2021-05-28 23:59 CEST
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    Feedback to Submitters 2021-07-09
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    Planned project start 2021-10-04

About Startup Partnerships

The wastewater challenge is brought to you by GELITA! GELITA is a global manufacturer of animal-based collagen protein with production plants on all continents. With the wastewater challenge, GELITA invites you (startups) to solve real problems and to become a long-term business partner! This challenge will be managed by a dedicated GELITA startup scout and supported by a Global Vice President. Learn More

Contact Us

Daniel Tang
Project Engineer and Startup Scout