At HostMilano 2019, the Scraegg Pro unit from Scraegg beat fellow finalists Print 2Taste and Tablee to be the ultimate winner of FCSI’s inaugural 2019 Start Me Up Innovation Awards, sponsored by Electrolux Professional.
From the 27 start-up companies who originally entered their new products into the contest, a judging panel of FCSI professional members and the design director of Electrolux Professional decided the Scraegg Pro was the winner. This can whisk and heat eggs soups and porridge to 96°C using a patent-pending steam nozzle.
On Sunday 20 October 2019, in a final round of live judging at the FCSI booth at HostMilano 2019, the 3D food printing system Procusini 4.0 from Print2Taste, the Scraegg Pro unit from Scraegg and the Tablee platform from Tablee had one last chance to impress judges and make a final pitch to win the trophy.
The three finalists had 10 minutes on stage each – 5 minutes to present and 5 minutes for questions – in a Dragon’s Den/Shark Tank-style format. The judges then decided on their winner over lunch.
Chris Rapp from Scraegg was presented with the award later that evening during FCSI’s Sponsor Recognition Party at the ‘& Restaurant’ in Fiera Milano.
The Awards, sponsored by Electrolux Professional, were launched in May 2019 to celebrate innovative ideas from start-up businesses with the potential to have a game-changing impact on the commercial foodservice, beverage and laundry industry.
27 start-up businesses across the world entered the awards, with product entries as diverse as plumbing equipment, automated cocktail makers, 3D food printers, apps, cloud-based kitchens, washing technology, food waste devices, robotics and commercial rotary convection ovens. Entries came from Brazil, Egypt, India, Iran, Malaysia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, UK and the US.
Nick Vaccaro, executive director of FCSI Worldwide said: “The Start Me Up Awards reflects FCSI’s proud commitment to innovation in this industry. It has been an exciting campaign, with so many great entries and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for the overall winner, Scraegg, and the other finalists.”
Alberto Zanata, CEO of Electrolux Professional, added: “We are proud to support these Awards, which reflect Electrolux Professional’s commitment to innovation in foodservice, beverage and laundry. The Awards have a worthy winner in Scraegg, but all of the finalists presented excellently and all three have exciting products.”
Scraegg’s Rapp said: “For us, this is a very big thing and an honour to win. It proves that our concept is a genuine innovation, but for an organisation such as FCSI to see our great potential makes me proud. I thought the organisation of the event was great, from the beginning to the end. It was so easy to enter and it never felt like hard work, even during the presentation stage. It was a great outcome for us.”
In summation, the judges described the winner as “a brilliant idea”, praising the Scraegg Pro unit for its “accessibility to everybody” and “interesting use of technology”. The judges said it was “beautiful in its simplicity”, offering “almost limitless possibilities” and was most exciting “because of its scalability”.