Start-up food-tech company and insect-protein producer Flying SpArk will be part of the first IKEA Bootcamp, which will begin from this month at the IKEA product development centre in Älmhult, Sweden.

The main objective of boot camp is to encourage start-ups to collaborate and co-create a better everyday life.

IKEA shortlisted Flying SpArk because of its mission to create a high-quality protein ingredient that not only contains essential minerals but is also raised and harvested according to sustainable principles.

Flying SpArk offers all-natural protein extracted from the Mediterranean fruit fly for human consumption.

"IKEA will mentor and work with our team toward eventual collaboration between the companies to develop a product and hopefully launch it at IKEA's restaurants."

The company claims that its products are safe, odourless and cholesterol-free, which contains high volumes of protein, calcium, iron and potassium.

Flying SpArk co-founder and CEO EranGronich said: "This will completely enhance our product development and how we progress. IKEA will mentor and work with our team toward eventual collaboration between the companies to develop a product and hopefully launch it at IKEA's restaurants."

Gronich further explained that fruit fly farming does not require any land and can be done with minimal water because the flies harvest themselves with no human intervention, enabling clean farming.

IKEA is reported to have received more than 1,200 applications from 86 different countries, but only ten applications were shortlisted by the company.


Image: Flying SpArk Joins IKEA's Start-up Accelerator. Photo: courtesy of Flying SpArk.