The Leuven [alt.] Protein Project is a network of students and industry professionals who create a bridge between the academic and professional world, facilitating research opportunities and encouraging young entrepreneurs to start their own alt. protein companies through events and competitions.

building a long-lived community

Connect with other like-minded individuals who also care about building a kind and sustainable foundation for future generations to thrive.

creating entrepreneurial opportunities

Get inspired to start your own alt. protein company by taking advantage of ripe white space opportunities, participating in innovation competitions and joining our network of future food heroes. 

Advancing open access research

Stimulate, catalyse and participate in open access research at KU Leuven and make the innovation accessible to all.

What we choose to eat affects everything.

Today, there is no denying of the devastating effects of the meat industry. Raising animals is one of the major causes of the world’s most pressing environmental problems, including global warming, land degradation, air and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity. We are heading towards 9 billion people in this world. We need a more efficient system to feed the world and take care of it altogether. We need alternative proteins like plant based meats, clean meat and novel fermentation technologies.

What is alt. protein?

The goal of alternative protein is not only to find alternatives to animal products, but also to produce these alternative products sustainably. Alternative proteins can be divided into three categories: clean meats, plant based meats and fermentation products. A variety of academic backgrounds are required in the field as we are figuring out how to optimise these three technologies to produce tasty, convenient and affordable proteins.

The Good Food Institute

The Good Food Institute is a U.S.-based non-profit organisation working with scientists, investors and entrepreneurs across the globe to create a just food system. Students play a pivotal role in creating this alternative protein ecosystem, and they are uniquely positioned to influence some of the most powerful institutions in our economy: colleges and universities. GFI started The Alt. Protein Project to help motivated, visionary students find each other and access the resources they need to spark an alternative protein revolution at the school best positioned to lead the change.

Why we need you.

Though the alternative protein landscape has experienced near exponential growth in the last few years, the industry is still in its infancy. There are many opportunities to contribute to foundational research and to design novel applications for existing technology. It’s not just that we can produce meat, eggs and dairy in a better way: food science and cellular agriculture allow us to dream up new protein sources and to finetune the nutritional profiles of animal-based foods we already love to eat. If you’re a creative thinker and dreamer who’s excited to do your part in helping build a new paradigm for feeding the world and curious about how to make your mark, you’re in the right place.