Swedish Algae Factory
Sofie Allert, Angela Wulff
Swedish Algae Factory was founded two years ago by Sofie Allert and Angela Wulff. Angela Wulff had studied algae that live in cold and dark climates for over 20 years and saw an opportunity to explore the potential of creating an algae industry all year around in Swedish climate conditions with the help of these types of algae and where looking for someone to commercialize the idea. That someone ended up to be Sofie Allert who has a bachelor degree in biotechnology where she did her bachelor thesis on algae and realized the untapped potential of this organism as a source of renewable products in a future bioeconomy. Together they started to explore potential sustainable products that could be derived from the algae and ended up creating a this circular economic business model around the algae. Since then more people have been recruited to the team that today also consist of: Gustav Knutsson, marine biologist that has previously worked with large-scale operation of Simris Alg´s facility in Simrishamn, Mikael Hedblom that has a Master degree in Marine sciences and Justin Pearce that is a process engineer from Australia. The board of directors in the company are Olle Stenberg that started Chalmers Innovation and has during his work at Chalmers Innovation helped several innovations reach the market. Jan Svärd that is a previous manager from Akzo Nobel with experience from selling and setting up larger production facilities and sales of specialty chemicals and materials. Johan Sköld that is Chalmers Venture´s representative in the board and has previously started 27 companies. Together we are a team that is inspired by nature towards creating a more sustainable industry in general and making solar energy more affordable and more significant in the future energy mix.