News with regards to Foodleap 

December 14, 2022

News with regards to Foodleap

Hi my name is Guido Laman. I work as strategy lead at Foodvalley and as a project leader of Foodleap. As partners with community benefits you have access to an experimental version of Foodleap since May 2022. Now we are looking forward to present you an updated 2.0 version of Foodleap.

Foodleap what’s that again?

Till now Foodleap mainly functioned as a place for community partners to exchange information and ideas. However, the platform will have a far broader function in the future.
Foodleap is an online network that offers you the possibility to find and interact with interesting partners. By just entering your needs, Foodleap will present available contact persons, specified on for example a specific topic, region, technology, or type of actor. However, the platform is not only a search engine, but also a lively platform to ask questions and share your ideas. It gives you a great opportunity to discuss earlier findings or reach out to contacts within the Foodleap network. Your most relevant partners are only a few clicks away.

What will you notice?

In the past year we developed the following:

  • We updated the user interface to be more user friendly. We scraped a lot of clutter in the interface to make sure you can find key functions.
  • We updated 150 organisational and shared facility profiles to make sure the search engine and taxonomy behind it works properly. This has been a monumental task that we will continue to be doing in the next months. You will still be able to check, update or improve the profiles of your organisation yourselves but we as Foodvalley wanted to provide you the service of doing most of ground. When you still miss organisations. Please let us know via get help button ‘?’ on Foodleap or via your community manager. We will try to add them on the platform and approach them to join
  • We removed the community message board on the short term, so we only have the general message board. We did this to make sure you don’t have to ask your question on four different message boards. When the main message board starts to get cluttered, we can add more specific message boards if necessary.
  • It might be the case that you have to login / register again on the homepage of Foodleap when you are following a link towards a specific page. Please do so, to get directed to the right information .

What next?

  • We will do some internal user testing during December and January to make sure everything works properly.
  • When we are satisfied about the product. We will start to onboard more users on Foodleap so you we can broaden you search range. During
    is time we will constantly validate the user experience and do bug fixing to give you the best possible experience.
  • When this pilot phase is successful, we will start to add additional features. The sky is the limit, but we will get back to you on that.


Please send an e-mail to if you need support with registration or if you have another practical question. Please contact your Community Manager if you have specific questions about information regarding the Community and / or contact that you would like to be facilitated in.

Online New Year meeting and kick off 2023 on January 11 from 16.00 – 17.30 CET

December 14, 2022

Online New Year meeting TPC

Dear partner,

We would like to invite you to join our online New Year meeting and kick off 2023 together. During this meeting, we will look back at ’22 and give an overview of our events and projects in 2023. You will also meet some new partners of The Protein Community.
The meeting will take place online on January 11 from 16.00 – 17.30 CET.


  • Welcome & virtual toast to the New Year
  • Looking back at 2022: 5 years of TPC
  • Meet 3 new TPC-partners
    • Sjakes, Dylan Pels
      Mycobites (Chili),
    • Juan Enrique Bernstein
    • Lickin Company, Edwin van der Voort
  • Presentation/overview TPC looking forward:
    • Way of working + New colleagues: Eva Berends & Sylvia Raijmakers
    • Meetings Q1 & Q2 2023
    • Projects/initiatives from the Protein Transition, Jeroen Willemsen
    • German program, presented by Jochem Wolthuis (Oost NL)
  • Meet 3 other new TPC partners
    • To be announced
  • Breakout-sessions with new partners
  • Closing


TPC-partners can register via the personal invitation or via Foodleap.

If you are not a TPC-partners, please send a message to

Happy holidays & see you next year!

Warm regards,
Leo Koning
Community manager

Willem Paulus, new member of the TPC steering committee

December 13, 2022

Willem Paulus, new member of the TPC steering committee

We are happy to introduce Willem Paulus as our new member of the TPC steering committee. He will replace Jans Hoekman in January 2023, who was active in the steering committee since TPC started in 2017. Many thanks to Jans for his commitment and great ideas. You really helped our partners in the community and other stakeholders to make a big impact with the Protein Transition.

About Willem Paulus

My name is Willem Paulus and I started working at Oost NL since April 1 2022 as a Business Developer for the ‘Perspectief Fonds Gelderland’. This fund focuses on investing in accelerating and strengthening the innovative power of companies that deal with major social challenges such as energy transition, climate adaptation, circular economy, biodiversity, accessibility, and the living environment. Both social and economic returns are important in the investments we make.

Given my background, my focus within the fund is mainly on the agri-food sector. After my studies in Wageningen, I have lived and worked in various countries for the past 10 years, including Uganda, Ethiopia, Nepal, and Ghana. In these countries I have mainly been involved in making ambitious plans in the agri-food sector financeable. Often in public-private combinations of the Dutch business community (e.g. Bavaria, Maas International, Tony’s Chocolonely) and local governments or social institutions.

Oost NL strongly believes in the importance of the protein transition. It is for that reason that we are currently discovering several investment opportunities within this area. I look forward to representing Oost NL in The Protein Community and helping entrepreneurs with their ambitions in the transition.

Plant based meat grows on the farm

December 12, 2022

Plant based meat grows on the farm

In a meeting with the Fabulous Farm, one of the 120 TPC-partners, Marc van Lierop mentioned a project to inform schoolchildren in Spain about their products. To share their experience, I asked Marc some questions to explain more about this wonderful project.

What is the name of the project and what is included?

The name of the project is “Hamburgers are growing at the Farm!”. It is a kit that we developed for primary schools. Each kit contains one fable book, for the teachers to read out loud, soy seeds, placemats and an activity book for each kid, with puzzles, riddles, a colouring page, a guide how to grow their soy seeds and a recipe to prepare their own vegan burger.

How did you come up with this idea?

Unlike in Holland, children in Spain have their warm lunch at school. Meat and Fish are standard elements of their meals and vegan lunches are rare. In addition, children are very pure, they like something or they find disgusting, but in any case they stay away from the sometimes hard political debate that is being conducted everywhere in Spain (after all Spain is the country with the most meat consumption per capita in Europe). Our idea is to introduce them in a natural and playful way that a plant-based piece of meat can be very tasty.

When is it available, for who and where?

We will roll out the activity and supply the schookits from January onwards on primary schools in Barcelona and surroundings.

Did you develop this by yourself, or did you get help/funding or…?

All material was developed in house with the help of a befriended illustrator who regularly makes drawings for our brand communication.

What is the desired outcome?

Our expectations are high and we hope that we can soon introduce our kits and Ana and her friends (the main characters), to more schools and in other parts of Spain as well. One thing is certain, children will always have a role in our activities, so given our growth, we expect that we will soon have to translate the material and the fable into other languages as well. We would be happy to do so, because after all, we are Fabulous!

For more info, please email to Marc van Lierop: