OURgrain named a Top 26 Startup by MassChallenge Boston. OURgrain competes for $1.5M in the Final Judging Round for the Accelerator.
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OURgrain goes for $1.5 M
Boston, September 19, 2018 - OURgrain, a food tech start-up that repurposes spent grain from breweries, was selected as a Top 26 startup in the MassChallenge Boston accelerator. In May, OURgrain was selected from over 1,600 applicants across industries and regions around the world to participate in the 2018 program that connects high potential startups to a network of mentors, support, and resources – all at zero cost and zero equity.
“Our goal is to end food waste, starting with the beer brewing industry,” said Jessie Pulling, CEO, “We rescue and recycle grain leftover from brewing beer, which totals about 10 million gallons each year just in New England. We redirect waste that was headed to the landfill and transform it into high fiber, high protein flour that can be used in both sweet and savory applications.”
Over the course of the four-month program, Pulling and her team have leveraged expert mentorship, tailored programming, corporate engagement, and industry resources to launch and grow the company. OURgrain will enter the final judging round, where they’ll compete for shares of $1.5M in equity-free prizes at the October 17th MassChallenge Awards.
“Our ultimate goal is to repurpose grain waste of all kinds across the food industry, using it to produce paper, fuel, biodegradable products, and more,” said Pulling
OURgrain is owned by a team of food scientists and product development chefs from Johnson & Wales University. The company embodies sustainability, constantly striving to reduce negative environmental impacts and redirect food waste from the landfill back into the food chain.
CEO, Jessie Pulling, at MassChallenge headquarters and office.
MassChallenge is a global network of zero-equity startup accelerators. Headquartered in the United States with locations in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Rhode Island, Switzerland, Texas, and the UK, MassChallenge is committed to strengthening the global innovation ecosystem by supporting high-potential early stage startups across all industries, from anywhere in the world. To date, more than 1,500 MassChallenge alumni have raised more than $3 billion in funding, generated over $2 billion in revenue, and created over 80,000 total jobs. Learn more about MassChallenge at masschallenge.org.