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Chapul Farms Story & Team


What is Chapul Farms? 

A project development network - our team of global experts and our pipeline of organic-waste partners - building climate-critical solutions to upcycle organic waste with commercially-scalable insect technology.

We bring the top experts and technology in BSFL bio-engineering to our clients to build organic waste processing infrastructures (insect farms) on-site. We transform costly waste that would be diverted to a landfill (or that, in some cases, has no alternative "solution") into nutrient-rich larvae that can be processed into new organic products like feed-grade protein and fertilizer. Our facilities use black soldier flies to break down waste naturally, using their core biological function. Our team of experts applies the technology to scale and optimize these processes commercially. 

Click here for more information on our projects and process.

How is Chapul Farms different from Chapul? 

You may be familiar with Chapul - the cricket protein bar company Pat Crowley got Mark Cuban to invest in on Shark Tank in 2012. Chapul was born as a way to introduce edible insects into Western cuisine as a healthy and sustainable protein in response to the growing water crisis driven by agricultural water consumption. We created the first insect-protein food product in the US in the form of an award-winning, media-grabbing, and industry-catalyzing brand. Since, we've spearheaded action through the growth of our trade organization, de-risked the space through regulatory advocacy, and fueled impressive research projects. Chapul (the protein bar company) was never the end game - it was the catalyst. 

Beginning in 2015, Crowley utilized "Chapul 1.0" as a stable platform for recurring revenue, brand equity, and to continue to catalyze the growth of the industry. He refocused his attention on a tangential project in the insect industry leveraging Black Soldier Fly Larvae (BSFL) in the feed and waste upcycling verticals.

Chapul Farms, "Chapul 2.0," if you will, is a product of Crowley's past 5 years of work, building on the foundations he laid for the industry but differing widely from the "insects-for-food" play. While the insect industry gained attention from consumers, media, and capital, Chapul Farms developed by focusing on:

  • Connecting Top-in-Class Global Experts in Insect Bio-Engineering -including the minds behind EntoHack, Texas A&M University, and Virginia Tech; these leading academics and businesspeople are uniquely qualified to source, build, and apply ongoing innovations to projects relating to BSFL (breeding systems, infrastructure optimization, etc.) 
  • Developing Proprietary Insect Microbiology Technology -  through partnership with Fraunhofer, boasting the largest chemical compound and insect library. Pre-treatment "chemical cocktails" are used to optimize the BSFL as feedstock and frass (if they are to be sold as off-take) for nutrient profiles and to standardize batches. 
  • Partnering with Respected Project Development Teams - like NEXUS PMG, a global leader in impact project development. Their team is invaluable in de-risking new projects and will offer pre-project assessment, financing support, and infrastructure build-out services, lending critical support as our own team scales with a new "breed" of projects to develop. 
  • Lining Up Off-Take Partners - such as big players in poultry farming and aquaculture - to purchase the 2 products created from upcycling our partners' waste: animal feed (BSFL) and frass biofertilizer (BSFL poop). For clarity's sake, we have not included distribution revenue in this phase of Chapul Farms' business model, as we anticipate focusing on building our management team while successfully completing our early projects. But we'll have the opportunity to distribute projects off-take for additional revenue at any point. 
  • Investing in Ongoing BSFL Research - while our current BSFL systems are already premium organic waste solutions, the field is still in a high-growth phase. Live research continues to validate and optimize use-cases for BSFL technologies and we're in the middle of it all. 
  • Developing the Organic Waste Partner Pipeline - while beginning development on executed contracts to prove out and further de-risk our operations and build our library of case studies and data. Our existing partners will lend incredible validity to our efforts and are of substantial size; due to the confidential nature of these contracts, they exist behind our data room walls but can be made available upon request. 

 

Who is the Chapul Farms Team? 

Executive Team: 

Patrick Crowley 

Pat Crowley - M.Sc., Founder/CEO Chapul - 8 years experience in insect agriculture industry development, with expertise spanning product RD, regulatory compliance, innovation, marketing, supply chain development, and infrastructure project development.

 

Patrick Crowley 

Michael Place - Current: CEO of EntoHack, Post-Funding: CTO of Chapul Farms - BSFL Expert. 20 years of leadership in a broad range of design, integration and project management delivering complex technical systems. Built and leads a technically focused team serving projects at the leading edge of commercial scale insect agriculture. Has led or consulted on projects on five continents at the forefront of the field.

 

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Aly Moore - Current: Bugible, Post-Funding: CBO of Chapul Farms Founder of Bugible - most visible brand authority in edible insects; expertise in customer channels, market strategy, and strategic partnerships. Featured 90+ times in media (including Forbes, Bill Nye, LA Times). Largest network of industry companies, investors, and academics. Will manage Chapul Farms strategic ops organization and project management, internal and external PR and communications, and growth strategy. 

 

Tyler Isaac 

Joe Matta - Current: FEWL Solutions & GrowHaus, Post-Funding: CFO of Chapul Farms - Expertise in project development and investment opportunities at the intersection of food, energy, water, and land. Leverages resilient infrastructure and creative financing to change these systems. Studied nexus of food, energy, water, and land in need of creative ownerships models and financing to being transformative project opportunities into reality. 

 

Tyler Isaac

Tyler Isaac - Current: Senior Aquaculture Scientist at Monterey Bay Aquarium, Post-Funding: Head of Sales, Grants, & Aquafeed at Chapul Farms - Experienced in food production, culinary industry, and ecological sciences. Specializes in natural resource management and entrepreneurship alongside extensive experience in aquaculture production across species and regions.  

 

Max Breitensteiner 

Max Breitensteiner - BSFL Expert, Living Systems Engineer at Chapul Farms Technical system designer, technology integrator and more than a decade of experience in every aspect of farming black soldier flies at scale. Delivers ongoing training and problem analysis virtually and on-site leading to improved operational efficiency of numerous clients and research collaborators alike.

 

Chujun Li

Chujun Li - Current: Guangzhou Unique Biotechnology Co. Ltd, Post-Funding: Chapul Farms BSLF Breeding Expert - PhD candidate Texas AM, Entomology. M.Sc. Wageningen, Entomology. BSFL breeding and genetics expert. BSFL technician running proposed project colony trials.
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Jeff Tomberlin - Current: Professor, Presidential Impact Fellow & AgriLife Research Fellow at Texas A&M University, Post-Funding: Head of R&D at Chapul Farms - PhD, Entomology. One of the foremost global experts in BSFL. Oversees laboratory facilities to be used in development phase of life cycle assessment. Vast experience in scaling of BSFL from bench-top to commercial scale. 

 

Project Development Team: 

Tyler Isaac Ben Hubbard - CEO at Nexus PMG

Karen Grosskreutz Karen Grosskreutz - Grants, Community 

Ramsey McPhillips Ramsey McPhillips - Farmer, Zero Waste McMinnville



Development Partners:

  1. Black & Veatch
  2. Cross River Partners
  3. Nexus PMG
  4. BioCarbN
  5. EntoHack7G

 

Additional: 

Jeff Wolcott - Product Distribution, VP Sales

EntoHack 7G

Recology

Fraunhofer

Bugible

Texas A&M University

Virginia Tech University 

[insert Dr. Rez + anyone else + advisors + street cred]

Partners/Experience [ADD MORE + PRESS?]

Alternative Protein Corp, (Alternative Energy Investments (AEI) Limited) Indonesia: pilot production optimization, breeding, cage design, neonate handling, bioconversion, feed formulation, full system design, data collection and management system, custom designed separation technology (vibrating hopper) 2017-2019

Future Green Solutions (Luke Wheat, Founder), Australia: original pilot and production technical system design, ongoing breeding consultation, post processing tech strategy (lipids, chitin) 2015-present

SPR /JM Green (Fengchun Spring Yang, Michael Wu, EVO Consortium CoFounders) Xian, China: Technical partner/supplier (breeding tech (LED lighting arrays, breeding cages) full systems, data sharing/analysis, technical drawing) 2017-present

NutriBank/Nutri Industries, (Jongju Hong, Jason Kim) South Korea: Onsite training, pilot system design, technology assessment, production design, root cause analysis of issues (breeding), data analysis (breeding, bioconversion, alternative feedstocks) 2016-present

Malt Ento (Dean Smorenberg, Founder) Cape Town, SA: Training, consultation, technology assessment, procurement, technical facility design (no HVAC), scale up, root cause analysis, rapid feedstock change (during production: COVID related), custom cage design. 2016, 2019-2020

ProEnto (Spain): Foundational training, consultation, market analysis, feedstock selection, system design. 2019-present

LivinFarms Austria, Hong Kong: Foundational training, consultation, market analysis, feedstock selection, system design. Customized farm scale integrated design for high net worth client 2017, 2020

Susento: (Elsje Petersje, Michael Woods CoFounders) Cape Town/Stellenbosch Univ collaboration: Technical collaboration, previous customer for pilot scale offtake of larvae and frass (during production gaps in 2018-19)

Insecco: Technical and system design consultation pre-funding. 2019

EntoBel (Gaëtan Crielaard, Co Founder) Viet Nam/Singapore: troubleshooting extreme humidity issues 2016

Why Chapul Farms? 

BSFL facilities require a comprehensive integration between the biological system of a BSFL colony, and infrastructure engineering design to support this living system. Biological factors such as feed conversion rates, grow out days, post-processing design, fertility rate, and feedstock pretreatment vary greatly based on feedstock inputs, and have significant influence on the infrastructure design and overall project financial model.

*Insert "competition" + pipeline + expertise

*Insert from asana accolades. 

  1. Validate credibility
  2. WHY OUR SOLUTION?? (b/c of frass?)
  3. ACTUAL QUANTIFICATION
    1. Microbiology; computational biology
    2. Biotech Path > Discovery, development... we are more nature-based.
    3. Metabolic.
    4. Grounded experts in sustainability at a broad level.

* WHY US? 

  1. $0COGS - just the best 

    * WHY BSFL (just better health outcomes for fish, for chickens. link to research) 

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