Our mission

What we believe in

We buy food because of its smell and appearance. When released at the right time, flavours are the reason why people chew chewing gum and love the beautiful taste of a fresh coffee. Flavours, colors and fats make biting into a vegetarian burger a juicy, beefy experience much alike biting into a real beef burger. Unfortunately, many of these ingredients are unstable leading to increased costs for manufacturers and negatively impacting the product quality. microPow encapsulates valuable ingredients enabling timed release and preservation, which allows to drastically reduce losses during production and adding value to end products. microPow powders can be tailored to a broad range of food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical applications, without relying on any added artificial ingredients. Get ready for true, long-lasting chewing gum, instant coffee products, that taste like freshly brewed cappuccino and the beefiest, cow-friendly burger.

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Cost efficient

The cold microPow encapsulation technology protects actives in their native state and guarantees their full effect in end products. Less ingredient – same perception.

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Natural

Clean encapsulation without using any additives: Fat and active ingredient. Stable encapsulation – all natural.

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Added value

Releasing actives at the right time using their full potential. Full release – better products.

Solutions

Instant coffee

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Coffee is a product that is consumed and loved around the globe. Consumers continue to ask for convenient instant mix cappuccino products, but do not want to compromise on quality. Instant coffee products still lack behind freshly brewed coffee in taste, since many of the volatile coffee flavours are lost during production and storage, leaving consumers with typically flat instant coffee.
All-natural microPow powders preserve volatile coffee flavours during storage and release the flavours when needed – during brewing at home. This makes the kitchen smell like the favorite coffee house, and the coffee taste like freshly brewed coffee.

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Chewing gum

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Flavours are one of the main cost drivers in chewing gum production. Unfortunately, only a fraction of the flavour added to chewing gum during production is released while chewing. Moreover, true long-lasting flavours in chewing gum remain challenging, with flavours only lasting for few minutes.
microPow flavour powders enable an improved release of chewing gum flavour. Incorporating microPow powders into chewing gum enables cost-reductions for manufacturers while improving chewing gum for consumers.

Meat Analogues

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Vegetarian burgers, that taste and look like beef burgers are in everyone’s minds and mouths nowadays. Getting meat analogues closer to the taste and looks of a real beef burger remains challenging, especially mimicking the color change and the release of roasting flavours during grilling. Consumers are striving for vegetarian burgers, that can be cooked medium-raw with a juicy, tender inside and a crispy, grilled outside.
microPow powders allow vegetarian burgers and meat analogues products to taste, look and feel like real beef. Finally - a vegetarian burger, that is juicy and beefy on the inside and crispy and savory on the outside!

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Timeline

Our milestones

Project Kickoff

Project Kickoff

18. March 2018

microPow project officially kicked off based on the PhD theses of Lea and Pascal at the Laboratory of Food Process Engineering (Prof. Windhab) at ETH Zürich funded by an ETH Pioneer Fellowship.

2018 Kickstart Accelerator

2018 Kickstart Accelerator

11. July 2018

As one of 8 startups in the Food Vertical, microPow was part of the 2018 Kickstart Accelerator.

2018 Kickstart Accelerator – new collaborations

2018 Kickstart Accelerator – new collaborations

24. October 2018

microPow started three collaboration projects with two major food companies: Mondelez and Coop.

microPow article in Alimenta / foodaktuell.ch

microPow article in Alimenta / foodaktuell.ch

24. October 2018

microPow was featured on the front page of Alimenta / foodaktuell.ch

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SNF Bridge: Proof-of-concept granted

SNF Bridge: Proof-of-concept granted

06. December 2018

microPow will be supported through an SNF Bridge project in 2019.

Venture Kick Stage II

Venture Kick Stage II

09. January 2019

microPow passed Venture Kick Stage II.

New production and office facilities in Meilen

New production and office facilities in Meilen

11. February 2019

microPow moved to the new, larger facility in Meilen (ZH)

Featured in Red Bulletin Innovator

Featured in Red Bulletin Innovator

18. March 2019

The microPow story has been featured in the March 2019 Red Bull Innovator.

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The team

Core

Core

Johannes Burkard

Partner
Senior Project Manager

Pascal Guillet, PhD

Co-Founder
Head of Business development

Lea Pokorny, PhD

Co-Founder
Head of R&D and production

Rick Dür

Partner
Head of Business Strategy

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How to find us

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If you have Questions or want to find out more about how we can improve your products using a customized microPow solution!

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microPow AG
Alte Landstrasse 144
8706 Meilen

info@micropow.ch

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