Work with DSM and YES!Delft to enhance the quality of protein alternatives for a healthier future

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Get in the Ring together with DSM and YES!Delft is looking for companies with ingredients that enhance the taste, texture, nutrition and overall experience of conventional protein alternatives such as meat, fish, and eggs alternatives. 


Talking about food has always been a great conversation topic. With the growing awareness around climate change, though, talking about alternative meat – and other animal products – has turned into the main topic of many conversations.


The benefits of a plant-based diet for the health of the consumer, for animal welfare, and for the future of our planet have captured increasing attention, leading to more and more meatless alternatives on the market. DSM, a global company active in health, nutrition, and sustainable living has already developed a series of ingredients and food products that enhance the taste, texture and nutritional value of such alternatives, and is now looking to take the next step.


If you are a company developing an innovative solution that can (help) mimic the real meat experience, then this call is just for you. Join the DSM Meat Replacement Innovation Challenge, in collaboration with YES!Delft,  and Get in the Ring and prove why you should be the company’s newest partner in this endeavour.

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The Challenge

The key challenge in growing into this innovative and relatively new market segment is the ability to capture the hearts of vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. To cater to the latter, plant-based products need to look, taste and feel like actual meat. It is not just about the flavour and texture, it is also about the entire cooking and eating experience – and that has to be as authentic as possible. Achieving this authenticity is what DSM is aiming for. The company is therefore looking for solutions that can:

Mimic traditional meat

Solutions that mimic the cooking and eating experience for meat alternatives.

Improve juiciness and mouthfeel

Solutions such as alternatives to methylcellulose as a binder for meat alternatives

New meat alternatives in the market

Solutions that can offer new alternatives for fish/seafood related alternatives, and egg replacement

New technologies for meat replacement production

New technologies such as advanced fermentation technologies

What's in it for you?

  • Selected companies will receive a base amount of 50,000 euros to spend on a joint project with DSM to help bring their product to the next level. Additional funds can be made available on a case-by-case basis.

  • Interact with DSM venturing to explore investment opportunities in the future

  • Work together with DSM technical experts and scientists for product development

  • Have access to DSM’s regulatory and legal experts for advice

Additional Requirements

  • You must already have a proof of concept or a working prototype

  • Your company should already have ready-to-scale solutions in the field


January 8th 2021

Deadline Applications

Deadline for applications is January 8th, 2021 at 11:59 CET.
January 20th, 2021

Online Selection Day

Top startups are selected to participate further in the challenge.
February 4th, 2021

Online Proposition Training

Selected startups will participate in an online proposition training to ensure the value proposition is aligned between them and DSM.
February 18th, 2021

Online Finals Day

Online finals day to announce the winner of the challenge will be on February 18th.
March 4th, 2021

Offline Finals Day

COVID restrictions permitting, the finals day will be held in person, on March 4th.
Deadline passed

The deadline for this Challenge has passed, please check out our other Challenges