Cosun Beet Hackathon at kick-off stage: 10 teams selected to join the Hackathon

Cosun Beet Hackathon will be kicked off on March 14, 2024, with an online event that brings together innovative startups, SMEs and research teams to solve the challenge of transforming Sugar Beet Residues from waste to value. 10 teams out of 25 continue in the race.

The 10 teams selected for the Hackathon are


· INP (Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology) and PRE Power Recycling Energyservice GmbH

· Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH – UFZ and DBFZ – Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum gGmbH; (UFZ, Dept. Microbial Biotechnology; DBFZ Dept. Biochemical Conversion and Dept. Biorefineries)

· Institute for Food and Environmental Research

· DBFZ Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum gGmbH; AG Hydrothermale Prozesse

· University of Applied Sciences Biberach

· N-Fix

· GeoTrap

· Ecla Water Finland Oy

· Norwegian Mycelium AS

The open call for solution providers attracted a record number of 26 applications. We are overwhelmed by the wealth of ideas from 7 countries.

The applications represented a wide range of solutions. ”We were happy to see a wide range of applications and a high-level of interest to CosunBeetHackathon. The applications gave a good overview of the approaches available for tackling the challenge of Transforming Sugar Beet Residues from Waste to Value. In the team selection, we prioritized finding new innovative products and breaking new ground to further transform our site into a green biorefinery” stated Jenny Stukenbrock, Sustainability Officer, Cosun Beet.

After the Kick-off, the teams continue to refine their solution and co-operation proposals for Cosun Beet until the Hackathon Days organized in Anklam on 16.-17.04.2024. In Anklam, the teams will be joined by the expert mentors helping the teams to finalize their presentations for the final pitch session.

Alles Zucker oder was? Call closed!

Worum es geht!

Beim COSUN BEET HACKATHON dreht sich alles um die Rübe

Im Kern des COSUN BEET HACKATHON steht die bessere Nutzung der Seitenströme, die bei der Verarbeitung der Zuckerrübe entstehen.  In einem offenen Wettbewerbsverfahren können sich Lösungsanbieter mit innovativen Lösungsvorschlägen beteiligen.

Transforming Sugar Beet Residues from waste to value –
Neue Ideen für die biobasierte Wirtschaft

Die Umstellung auf eine nachhaltige und kreislauforientierte Wirtschaft verlangt nach kreativen Ideen und unkonventionellen Partnern. Um diese zu gewinnen, richtet die JAMK-Fachhochschule aus dem finnischen Jyväskylä gemeinsam mit acht Innovationszentren im gesamten Ostseeraum nachfrageorientierte Ideenwettbewerbe (“Hackathons”) aus.

Mit dabei: die Cosun Beet Co. (Zuckerfabrik) aus Anklam gemeinsam mit der Greifswalder WITENO GmbH. Gefragt sind Lösungsansätze, die aus verschiedenen Bereichen kommen können, wie z.B. Product as a service, Sharing economy oder die Verlängerung von Produktlebenszyklen.

Gefördert wird das Vorhaben durch das Interreg Baltic Sea Region-Programm.

Meet and Beat Cosun Beet´s sweet Challenges!


At COSUN BEET HACKATHON we invited innovators to offer solutions how to turn sugar beet residues into valuable resources instead of waste.

We are open to exploring new business opportunities and research collaborations.

What is Cosun Beet and what is the challenge about?

The Cosun Beet Company’s Anklam site processes sugar beets into white sugar, bioethanol, and biomethane, resulting in various biogenic residues. Approximately 2 million tons of sugar beets are processed each year from September to January, with intermediate products stored and bioethanol and biomethane produced throughout the year.

The goal is to transform the factory into a green biorefinery, offering a diverse product portfolio for different markets. Cosun Beet aims to provide sustainable and climate-friendly products for various purposes by exploring new technologies, solutions, and partnerships to convert the residues into valuable resources. Therefore, Cosun Beet Company is actively searching for providers who can offer innovative concepts, technologies, and equipment to effectively utilize the specified residues.

“Our mission is to use the full potential of plants in a transparent, circular way. We call this The Plant Positive Way”, says Matthias Sauer, CEO of Cosun Beet.

Who could submit?

This Challenge was open for all interested teams: startups, established companies, research institutes, educational organizations, and other actors. They had the flexibility to engage either as an individual company or join forces with other actors to create a team. This collaborative

approach aims to unlock synergies and identify opportunities for cooperation, enriching the ideation and development process.

The workshop (hackathon days) serves as a platform not only to refine the concepts but also to explore potential collaborations and foster synergies within the innovation ecosystem.

An expert jury, consisting of representatives of Cosun Beet Company GmbH & Co. KG and of the German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ) supported by organizer’s representatives, will evaluate and judge the solutions presented during the hackathon, ultimately selecting a winner.

What is in for the teams?

The goal is a collaboration beyond the COSUN BEET HACKATHON, leading to the creation of sustainable and innovative concepts, technologies and equipment to effectively utilize the specified residues. BioBoosters is a win-win concept, challenging providers while offering those with solution expertise the opportunity to strengthen their businesses.

By participating in the COSUN BEET HACKATHON the teams will have the chance for either business cooperation or the initiation of joint projects or pilots to test your presented concept with a renowned, internationally active company – the Cosun Group.

They may

· establish cooperation and network with other companies and specialists with interest in the same field,

· establish international contacts and connections in the field of your interest,

· test your ideas with feedback from a potential client and discover how to match your idea/solution with the needs of the end-users,

· develop the commercialization potential of your idea and discover new business opportunities with expert mentors’ support and

· get international recognition and visibility for your teams’ know-how.

Last but not least for all participants from abroad the participation in COSUN BEET HACKATHON might be the first step on the German market.


January 31, 2024 | 10.00 – 12.00 CET | Launch webinar

March 01, 2024 | 16.00 CET | Deadline for submitting an application

March 06, 2024 | 16.00 CET | Selection of teams is published

March 14, 2024 | 10.00 CET | Kick-off for the selected solutions providers

Organized as an online event, where participating teams will meet each other and representatives of Cosun Beet to hear more about the challenge and expectations of Cosun Beet. Teams will present their preliminary ideas and get feedback for further development.

April 16-17 2024 | COSUN BEET HACKATHON Days in Anklam, Germany

        • Consultation of the idea/solution with all mentors (10 experts and practitioners)
        • Preparation of the final version of the presented idea/solution
        • Presentation of the idea/solution by teams/individual innovators
        • After Jury deliberation announcement of the winner(s)


Read the whole invitation to the challenge below together with the formal rules for participation.


Download Invitation for the COSUN BEET HACKATHON

Confidentiality Agreement

Download Confidentiality Agreement For COSUN BEET HACKATHON

Rules of Hackathon participation

Download Rules of Hackathon participation

COSUN BEET HACKATHON contact information

Questions about the challenge:
Jenny Stukenbrock, Cosun Beet Company GmbH & Co. KG
+49 151 40457346

Questions regarding registration and practical information:
Dr. Gudrun Mernitz
+49 151 15273020

BioBoosters project information

BioBoosters is a concept developed by companies and organizations from seven European countries. It’s made to strengthen business that benefits the environment. By helping a company make an open call for solutions to their challenges or needs, the aim is to connect them with others with potential solutions. It’s a win-win situation where newer companies, start-ups, innovators, and researchers get the opportunity to collaborate or make business deals with more established companies.

BioBoosters is an initiative conducted through a project with the same name. It includes actors from Sweden, Finland, Germany, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania and is financed by the EU through the Baltic Sea Program.

In addition to the COSUN BEET HACKATHON there are four other BioBooster challenges this spring: click here!

Contact Information

Questions about the challenge:
Jenny Stukenbrock
Cosun Beet Company GmbH & Co. KG
+49 151 40457346

Questions regarding registration and practical information:
Dr. Gudrun Mernitz
+49 151 15273020


Lead Partner: JAMK University of Applied Sciences

Project information

2023-01-01 until 2025-12-31

Total: € 2 788 365
WITENO: € 396 484



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