1. Kulisha: Michigan Business Challenge – Social Impact Track Finalist Team

    February 11, 2016


    Who are the team members?

    Eric Katz (BBA ’17), Viraj Sikand, Maya Faulstich-Hon, Lunalo Cletus, Arjun Paunrana

    How did you decide your team name?

    It means to feed in Swahili, the national language of Kenya.

    Tell us briefly about your business idea.

    Kulisha is a sustainable aquafeed company. We produce a commercial grade fish feed from insects and cater to small-scale aquaculture farmers in Kenya. Kulisha helps to divert food waste going to landfills, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and stop trawling. Kulisha’s superior product has the potential to increase the the yields of farmers, helping to increase their profitability while supplying the food insecure in the region with more healthy animal protein.

    How has the MBC-SIT experience helped you?

    It has given us mentorship and guidance to create a business plan that we can can execute on.

    What do you think will be the long-term impact of the implementation of this idea?

    Decreased GHG emissions, decreased trawling, increasing farmer yields, and decreased malnutrition and food insecurity.

    What is a key learning from this experience?

    How to start a business and manage people.

    If you win, what will you do immediately following the competition?

    Call my partners and let them know.

    Join us on Feb. 19 to watch Kulisha compete for the $15K grand prize in the Social Impact Track Finals!

    Read more about the other finalist teams: Project MESA   |   CARt   |   StepFor