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Managing a Startup

Executive Council meeting – EC Members Only

29 June 2022 | 12:00 - 21:30

Managing a Startup

‘Managing a Startup’ is about the phenomenon of fast growing startups also in the area of food. Especially the need for vegan and vegetarian meat alternatives have energized investors, entrepreneurs as well as corporates to invest in startup companies making a contribution to the protein transition. How to manage the growth and expectations successfully is the question to be answered to in this EC meeting.

The Executive Council of IFFI will pay a visit to the company Paques in Balk. Paques is a leading company of biological waste water and gas treatment and innovative supplier to the food industry. The company operates at the forefront of renewable energy from wastewater and reduce discharge costs whilst complying with environmental regulations. Two years ago Paques decided to build BioBuzz in the approximity of their research facilities in Balk, an innovation hub aligned with the Water Campus in Leeuwarden. The Netherlands has a leading position in water and biobased technology, however it remains difficult for prototypes to find their way to the market. Potentially successful startup companies leverage on the international position of Pagues and scale up their prototypes to businesses. The EC members will be introduced to Paques innovation strategy and learn how a medium sized company can be a leading innovator in high tech solutions in food.

1200 hrs

Registration and lunch at Omke Jan

13.00 hrs

Sailing to Balk

13.30 hrs

Visit to Paques and BioBizz in Balk

15.30 hrs

Sailing to Woudsend, including stop-over enjoying a light snack

17.30 hrs

Drinks & Intermezzo at Omke Jan

18.00 hrs


20.00 hrs


Lubbert Dijkhuizen, Carbexplore

21.30 hrs

Closing & drinks

Lubbert Dijkhuizen, CarbExplore

CarbExplore Research is highly specialized in the development of carbohydrate-active engineered enzymes enabling the manufacture of functional carbohydrates for food, nutrition and nutraceutical applications. CarbExplore Research works with the food industries in Europe and the US. The services they provide are enzyme engineering, biocatalysis development and carbohydrate structure analysis. In

Lubbert Dijkhuizen is Chief Scientific Officer at CarbExplore and (emeritus) Professor of Microbiology at the University of Groningen. Initiator of public/private collaborations in the food industry such as Carbohydrate Competence Center and Protein Competence Center. After becoming emiritus professor, Lubbert started together with some partners the start-up company CarbExplore, the contract research and product development company of carbohydrates in food.

Company visit to Paques

In more than three decades, Dutch second-generation family owned business Paques became one of the leading players in water and gas treatment and currently Paques has offices and/or production facilities in the Netherlands, China, Brazil, United States of America and India. Innovation drives the business of Paques, continuously converting innovative ideas for treatment systems into successful solutions for clients. Allowing startup technology suppliers, accomodated in the innovation hub BioBuzz, to elaborate on Paques knowhow, international network and accelerated implementation of innovative solutions tot he food industry.

Company visit to BioBizz

‘Scale-up your technology and go-to-market’. BioBizz hub offers office space combined with lab and test facilities and a location for the realization of the first demo/ products of the start-ups inwater- or biobased technology. In addition the BioBizz hub offers a wide variety of services among others in the field of engineering, sales and business support to scale-up innovative products more quickly and get assistance in finding (first) international clients.

The Executive Council meeting is for  IFFI EC members only and senior management of the member companies. They will share insights about business scenario planning in relation to volatile markets.


For Executive Council Members Only, participation is covered by the membership fee. *

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* IFFI members are employed by the IFFI member companies


Restaurant en hotel Omke Jan

Lewal 44

8551 PT Woudsend

Omke Jan is a ‘Burgundian’ meeting place in Woudsend where you can eat, drink, sleep and experience. Everything comes together in a modern inn under the roof of an authentic Frisian farmhouse, renovated in a contemporary way under the direction of designer Piet Hein Eek and architect Iggie Dekkers. Enjoy food without frills and take a seat around the wood oven or at the regular table.

Omke Jan’s motto is to connect farmers and citizens by serving local products.


29 June 2022
12:00 - 21:30
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+31 (6) 254 333 96


Restaurant en hotel Omke Jan
Lewel 44
Woudsend, 8552 PT Netherlands
0514 855026