BBH Biotech is a young company from Poznań, which operates in the field of broadly understood industrial microbiology. The beginnings of the team's work were related to the use of ultrasound in acceleration of biotechnological processes (such as alcoholic fermentation). However, as it turned out, the project was beyond the possibilities of a small company and they decided to change the direction of development. This is how startup began work on obtaining bee venom, by applying a new method of collecting raw material – more practical and less harmful to bees.
However, developing a new, safer and more efficient device is not enough to successfully enter the market. The company found obstacles that could not be overcome without external support. The team applied to MIT Enterprise Forum Poland acceleration program. The accelerator was created as part of the Scale UP competition run by Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP). The initiative resulted in launching 10 accelerators throughout Poland, aimed at combining the potential of beginning, creative entrepreneurs with infrastructure, experience and corporate resources. The activity contributed to the development of over 220 new projects and at least 59 implementations of innovative solutions in the value chains of large companies.
Find more details about:
- how the acceleration process proceeded;
- what the current cooperation on the accelerator-company line looked like;
- what contacts they gained;
- what team members have learned thanks to the initiative.
Read the case study: "Bee venom and MIT – the history of one acceleration".