Propers

Propers

Team information

Bagoes Inderaja
Master , Indonesian

Akbar Haqi
Master , Indonesian

Mukhammad Faisol Amir
Master , Indonesia

Hayah Afifah
Master , Indonesia

Our vision

Propers envisioned to develop healthy and sustainable products from underutilized tropical protein sources. In the next five years, we aim to capture value from an abundant and underutilized rubber seed.

Our solution

As the biggest natural rubber producer in the world, Indonesian rubber plantations can produce a by-product of 0.8-1.2 tons per hectare per year of underutilized rubber seed (Indonesian Institute of Sciences, 2015). The rubber seed consists of 20-30% of crude protein which can serve many markets from animal feed to bakery. Nine out of ten essential amino acid can be found in rubber seed. Moreover, rubber seed also consists of 40-50% of fatty acid. The fatty acids serve another opportunity in different markets such as cosmetics, animal feed, and biofuel. Novel edible products out of rubber seed are especially unique since natural rubber mostly associated with materials. We aim to produce tempeh from the Indonesian underutilized rubber seed. In addition to traditional fresh tempeh, we want to develop different tempeh-derived products such as marinated tempeh. Marinated tempeh is pre-cooked and can be easily fried or grilled. To date, Indonesia imports 2700 millions ton of soybean annually to fulfill local demands including the tempeh industry. We hope to reduce the carbon footprint of the tempeh industry by using the local rubber seed protein as the basic ingredient.

Our market

We aim to address high-end target groups that promote sustainable living specifically urban citizens and millennial moms. We believe this target group can accelerate the transition of conventional tempeh to more sustainable tempeh since they are the one who has control over daily household food. Our pre-cooked marinated tempeh can support the urban citizen hustle lifestyle. The supermarket chain is our main distribution channel to reach these target groups in addition to online selling. Tempeh is one of the most common food ingredients in Indonesia. From local fast-food restaurant to high-class restaurant serves tempeh on their menu. For the B2B market, we aim to supply and support restaurant chains that have sustainable value on their menu.

About the team

Propers are Wageningen University student from Indonesia. Akbar Haqi came from Sambas, Borneo where a rubber plantation co-exists nearby his home. Passionate about biotechnology, Akbar Haqi wants to capture value from underutilized rubber seeds in his hometown. Bagoes Inderaja is an entrepreneur that has started to build his insect business two years ago. Visiting several times to rubber plantation and has seen a huge potential of rubber seed as an alternative protein. Mukhammad Faisol Amir worked in a multinational plantation company for 4 years and has a vast operational knowledge of plantations in Indonesia. Hayah Afifah is a food technologist that specialized in food quality management. She has experience in both developing new consumer products and the market. All team member has known each other before starting to do the master program in the Netherlands.