The cleantech start-up KUORI develops and sells sustainable next-gen materials made with organic waste such as banana peels or nutshells. The focus lies on having a positive impact on our environment by driving the transition to a circular economy and developing long-term sustainable solutions. Their first application as a B2B material manufacturer is in shoe soles to prevent the harmful abrasion of microplastics into soil and water.
In the past four months, KUORI developed from a student’s project to a founded start-up and further expanded its team. The close partnerships with the FHNW and Wildling Shoes are ongoing and a first prototype of a whole shoe with KUORI sole could be produced. We are continuing with further prototyping and lab as well as field tests to improve our material and develop a composite that fulfils all performance criteria. With the support of an Innocheque by Innosuisse and a grant by Pro Helvetia, we can intensify our research and financially support KUORI until an investment round in October.
Persons involved in the project
KUORI core team:Sarah Kim Harbarth
, Co-Founder & CEOTaja Bornand
, Co-Founder & CFODr. Christian Goldhahn
External Project Partners:
Material Design: Prof. Dr. Christian Rytka
Technical Realisation: Simone Battaglia
Graphic Design and Communication: Benjamin Kunz
R&D Support: Lucca Koller, Nils Repond
IT Support: Florian Frei
Fashion & Social Media Support: Marie Klock
Marketing & Design Support: Thibaut Wenger
Last update to this project presentation 08.08.2022