Khepri Innovations Pty Ltd

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Khepri Innovations Pty Ltd: Fly farms for poverty alleviation in Gauteng South Africa

Johannesburg, South AfricaMogale City, South Africa
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
$250,000 - $500,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

In essence we want to set up a bioconversion site in Gauteng that will take up organic waste from abattoirs, food manufacturers and vegetable waste. The abattoir and vegetable waste we will convert with our flies into monogastric animal feed and the rest of the waste will converted into biogas.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if we could harness the recycling power of flies create employment, protect our water ways and lower the price of food?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Problems: 1. Environmental pollution by agricultural waste 2. Malnutrition due to rising prices of meat protein 3. Unemployment in rural and peri-urban communities

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Our goal is the first industrial plant in Gauteng with the capacity for producing 10 tons of wet insect biomass daily using abattoir and vegetable waste. We want to develop relationships with rural co-operative to create community based insect rearing centers which will collect waste from the abattoirs and use it to grow fly larvae for sale in our central processing plant. This way we will create employment and divert untreated agricultural waste from our water ways.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The solution will divert 100 tons of waste from entering our waterways and create employment for a minimum of 20 people per site. This will bring income to rural economies and speed up development. The overall impact will be the movement away from using unsustainable fish meal to feed livestock to more sustainable insect based protein.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Development of Pilot rearing facility producing 2 tons of protein a week and absorbing 1 ton of waste employing 10 people intitially moving the labour force to 20 permanent employees by year end . Selling protein and compost to the organic market at competitive prices. We will also develop replicable processes and fly farm kit. Develop second 2 ton rearing site in Mamelodi Pretoria in collaboration with a local co-operatives the site will rear larvae and sell to Khepri in order to increase production

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

• Year 4: Develop a centralised factory where the four rearing facilities will deliver and cells reared dry larvae for processing in a production plant. Plant will produce whole dried Larvae (5%), full fat meal powder (55%) and No fat meal and magoil (60%). Finding of product agents for export of product in the SADC region Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Namibia. • Year 5: Development of Khepri Innovations in the Eastern Cape, North West and Limpopo. Licence technology to other African countries in return for royalties and consultation fees.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We have been financing our development through winnings we received in the Gauteng Accelerator Program 2013 for Green innovation. We are currently raising funds for the assets needed for a pilot site and we should break even in 2015 and be able to run the sites from the proceeds of selling the protein and compost.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There is a purely commercial venture based in Cape Town, we are using the process to develop communities, create employment and wealth in under-resourced communities. Our strategy involves training and supporting community co-operatives in establishing independent rearing sites in order to bring wealth into those communities. There is no other competitor in the country doing such work

Founding Story

Khepri comes from the Ancient Egyptian god Kheprer which roughly translates into “He who is coming into being”. In Egyptian mythology, he is one of the three aspects of the day. Khepri represents the rising sun. The ancient Egyptians believed that Khepri pushed the sun across the sky in much the same fashion as a dung beetle pushed a dung ball across the ground. Dung beetles roll the dung across the ground and lay their eggs in them after burying them. The young beetles would then emerge from the ground fully formed. Therefore, Khepri represented self-creation and rebirth. THE DUNG BEETLE TEACHES US: • Recycle waste into usable products • To leave a lasting legacy for future generations • To craft our own destiny


Mr Bandile Dlabantu BSc, PDEM (RU) Managing Director Dr T. Matambo PhD Biotech - Research and development director Mr R. Polack - Business Development Advisor The next stage is to create a management team for the launch of the pilot bringing skills such as financial management regulation and sales and distribution.
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Organization Country

, GT, Mogale City

Country where this project is creating social impact

, GT, Johannesburg

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Businesses.

Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

2013 - 2nd Place winner Gauteng Accelerator Project Green Technology

2014 - Semifinalist in the Future Forward: Youth Innovations for Employment in Africa Challenge!

Where have you learnt about the competition?
Tell us about your partnerships:

We have partnered with a 1. Kruger'sdorp local abattoir to run our rearing pilot they will provide access to waste, and infrastructure for rearing.

2. Innovation Hub in Pretoria for incubation and business support

3. University of Pretoria for product development and testing

4. Agricultural research council for product registration and market access ( pigs, fish and chicken) Partnered with the CSIR and SABS for manufacturing and

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Access to capital for scaling up and lack of industry penetration due to insufficient marketing. Lastly bureaucracy and system bottle necks that may delay the project.
We overcome these through partnerships with venture capital companies, role players within the sector and use that social capital and access to resources to lower our entrance barriers and lobby on our behalf. We have also partnered with a large company that will assist in distribution and marketing of our product.