Battle Creek, MI (PRWEB) June 15, 2012
BATTLE CREEK, Mich., June 14, 2012 – The Emerging Technology Accelerator, an initiative of the Global Food Protection Institute, and Great Lakes Entrepreneur’s Quest (GLEQ) announced the winner of the business plan competition for ventures in food safety. Micro Techno Solutions was named the recipient of the cash prize of $10,000 at the GLEQ Entrepreneur Connect Awards Banquet on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.
Micro Techno Solutions is developing a new, inexpensive antimicrobial packaging material to serve as a biologically safe transportation aid to prevent contamination of raw fruit, vegetables, and eggs by foodborne diseases introduced by workers or delivery personnel. The company’s founder is Jarek Drelich.
The competition evaluated business plans that address a critical need for new technologies that streamline food monitoring by improving sample collection, sample preparation and by making detection more cost and time effective. This cash award will provide entrepreneurial support to fast-track the development of emerging technologies that safeguard the food supply.
“Technology plays a key role in protecting the food supply and consumer safety. Micro Techno Solutions is developing innovative packaging solutions that are very consistent with our focus on advancing food safety technologies,” said Julia Bradsher, President & CEO of The Institute.
“It was exciting to discover how many Michigan entrepreneurs are developing ventures to increase food safety. It’s clearly a growing industry in our state and one with tremendous global implications. We’re fortunate to have the Global Food Protection Institute supporting these forward-thinking entrepreneurs,” said Diane Durance, GLEQ executive director.
About The Institute and The Accelerator
The Global Food Protection Institute is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization driving the adoption of food protection policies and practices for a safer global food supply. The Institute’s mission is to improve public health and reduce mortality, morbidity, and the economic costs associated with foodborne illnesses through three core initiatives.
•Emerging Technology Accelerator which is advancing the development of novel food protection technologies.
•International Food Protection Training Institute which is building the training infrastructure for the global integrated food safety system.
•Imagined Food Futures® Symposia which is convening thought leaders to exchange ideas that will catalyze improvements in global food protection.
Start-up funding for The Institute has been generously provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
GLEQ, now in its twelfth year of continuous operations, is a Michigan-based 501 (c) (3) non-profit education program designed to accelerate the formation of high-growth companies. GLEQ sponsors a statewide business plan competition twice each year. The competition accommodates ventures in various stages of development. Innovation Awards are available for ventures in Food Protection, Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology, Medical Devices, and Alternative Energy.
GLEQ leverages a portfolio of 185 volunteer business and investment experts to provide training, coaching, mentoring and judging. GLEQ was a past recipient of a 21st Century Jobs Fund Grant and current operations are funded by an Entrepreneurial Support Services grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.