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Sarah Harbarth, co-founder kuori, Swisspreneur Podcast

EP #360 - Sarah Harbarth: Building Biobased, Biodegradable Materials

Sarah Harbarth

December 4, 2023

1:10 - Microplastics and food waste

5:25 - The kuori team 

6:30 - Raising 2.3M 

8:30 - The biobased & biodegradable USP

12:23 - Fundraising through the Swisspreneur syndicate 

About Sarah Harbarth:

⁠Sarah Harbarth⁠ is the co-founder and CEO of ⁠kuori⁠, a B2B enterprise providing eco-friendly alternative-plastic granules for fashion, outdoor equipment, tools, and toys. She holds a BA in Industrial Design from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, and was working there as a research assistant when she started kuori in 2021.

The idea for kuori arose out of a need to combat the issue of microplastics, which are non-biodegradable materials that pollute our waterways and end up in our food, while also tackling the problem of food waste. And so Sarah had the idea to upcycle food byproducts, like banana peels and walnut shells, to build plastic alternatives that are 5x more ecological while also preserving elasticity.

Since the start of the project, kuori has closed €2.3M in financing, which allowed them to upscale their production and their team. They are currently raising their next round, looking for 1.5M in dilutive money. Part of this money is being raised through the ⁠Swisspreneur Syndicate⁠.

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