EU SME Phase 1 grant

In February 2020, N-CHROMA received the EU SME instrument Phase 1 grant, supported by the Horizon 2020 program.

The project was separated in two parts: Technological Feasibility and Legislative Road mapping.

The main objectives for the technology development included: Optimization of the current production system and upscaling of fermentation. For the optimization of the current production system, extensive metabolic engineering was performed including the test of different genes for increased production of anthocyanins and the production of different types of anthocyanins. Several genes showed promising results and they were included in the current production system. Also, N-CHROMA expanded its colour portfolio to include red, magenta, orange and yellow in its portfolio.

The main objectives for legislation included: Assessment of current legislation on anthocyanins for the market of interest and build of roadmap for market entry. Through the great coaching provided by EU, we successfully identified all legislative issues that our product may encounter and created a realistic and cost effective roadmap for market entry in the Food and Beverage and the Cosmetics industries.

The technology developed by N-CHROMA is destined to provide a healthier, more sustainable solution to the current colour revolution. More importantly, the basis of this technology can provide the gateway for the production of myriads of healthy products including colours, antioxidants and even pharmaceuticals. Therefore, the advances developed during the SME Instrument phase 1 are applied to future developments that will greatly impact the environment and our society.

Co-funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union


Take-off phase 1 grant

In 2017 N-CHROMA was awarded the NWO Take-off phase 1 grant to perform a feasibility study for its colour portfolio. The grant was destined to assess the market potential of N-CHROMA’s technological approaches but also to assess the feasibility of the technology in a bigger scale. N-CHROMA established its technology and defined clearly that the Food and beverage industry is anxious to test the colours produced by N-CHROMA.

1st Winners of F&A Next pitching competition


On the 25th and 26th of May, 2016, we pitched our business idea at the prestigious event F&A Next @Wageningen University and Research Center, Netherlands.

We competed against 9 other early stage startups and we managed to receive the 1st place. We won a free ticket to the FoodBytes pitching competition in Boulder CO, USA, which will be held on the 26th of October, 2016, and is funded by Rabobank.

We are very happy to see our ideas being validated by such a prestigious jury and audience. The road to success has just began!!!