This isn’t the normal app and web stuff we like to cover, but like Zen Robotics, it’s cool every now and then to see innovations in automation, especially if they look like 1950’s robot concepts. It’s also the first announced investment from Finland’s Inventure Fund II – the new €50 million VC fund launched in January – as well as Finnish Industry Investment. The two Finland-focused investors have carried out a €2.2 million investment into Mekitec, a food safety startup founded in 2006.
A problem with food safety isn’t only just food spoilage – there can also be a lot of unwanted stuff that can end up in packaging, like metal, glass, sand, bone chips, or pieces of plastic. The company improves food safety by providing an x-ray scanning solution that can identify these undesireables, removing the packages before they end up in your stomach.
“The trend for food safety market is growing globally, driven by the high-quality food brands, retail chains, authorities, and consumers,” says Sami Lampinen, Managing Partner at Inventure.
Mekitec has delivered food safety equipment in 18 countries, in three continents. Mekitec has 50 employees with and R&D and production operations in Finland and Xi’an in China, and sales offices in Hong Kong, Germany and the USA.