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SUGEE Startup: Mycotech – Grow together with the local communities

SUGEE introduce you outstanding Startups in the world!

In SUGEE Startups, we will introduce you to inspirational startups in the world which can be your role-model. 

We begin this series with Mycotech in Indonesia, which is pursuing the potential of mushroom as a solution for realizing a sustainable society. This time, we interviewed their CMO and Co-founder, Mr. Ronaldiaz. He passionately told us interesting stories behind this unprecedented mycology project. This interview in the latter part of this column definitely gives you insights and encourages you to take action in what you can do for our society. 

About Mycotech

Mycotech is the mushroom startup in Indonesia which founded 2012 when they realized the potential of mushroom as the solution to save the world. Their mission is to deliver sustainable material from renewable resources with affordability. After several years of research in laboratories, which have supported by the Indonesian government, currently, they are producing environmentally friendly materials from mushrooms. 

 

Founder Interview

In this section, we will show you a part of the interview of Mr. Ronaldiaz, CMO and co-founder of Mycotech, which was conducted on 2 June 2020.
You can find a full version of this interview on our Youtube channel. Check it out!(SUGEE YouTube: Turning Waste into Profit with Mycotech

Thank you for accepting our interview Mr. Ronaldiaz!
At first, could you explain the history of Mycotech itself? 

OK. I started my career as an architect.  I practiced architecture in Jakarta and Singapore for about three to four years. And then my friends and I came up with an idea of making a product based on the agricultural base. So, we started with the Grow box, a DIY mushroom kit that you can grow anytime and anywhere. We exported them into Singapore where I was working and it was a huge hit. Afterward, we did a lot of research, and then found out that mushroom, not only can be just gourmet or you can just eat a mushroom, but we concern also mushroom into materials. 

That’s why, in 2015, we started creating mushroom materials and at the same time, we created a company called Mycotech. 

Afterward, we have done a lot of collaborative researches with partner institutions. From 2016 to 2018, our business model was project-bases. We did several projects with several partners all across Asia and Europe. One of them was in Vietnam and had some projects were in Germany, Bali, and Singapore. By the end of 2018, we completed seed round funding. After that, we shifted our focus from a project-based business model into full research while trying the product-market fit. Because we have been able to reach the product-market fit by the end of 2019, our target has shifted into product-market availability in 2020. Currently, we are trying to scale up our production capacity to fulfill all demands that coming up to us.

When I read your website, I found that you have three products which are MYLEABIOBO, and MYCOTREE. Could you explain more about these?

At first, we started with MYCOTREE. It is a mushroom composite. We bind agricultural wastes with mushroom mycelium. You can shape it any shape you like.

Afterward, we started making BIOBO in 2018. It’s a binderless board that you do not need to use any grue to combine them. It is easy to use. You can just cut them into anything you like. For example, you can make any furniture you want out of them.

And at last, we found out that mushrooms can also make leather-like materials. We call it MYLEA, Mycelium Leather. There is no animal harmed in the manufacturing process of it. 

You can find their amazing products from the links below!!!  

MYCOTREE (https://www.mycote.ch/mycotree)

BIOBO (https://www.mycote.ch/biobo)

MYLEA (https://www.mycote.ch/mylea)

What is the most challenging during development?

Our biggest challenge is that we do not have any standard to be followed on. Because we are the first ones to make mushroom materials, so we have to find our own standards. 

Also, after funding in 2018, we started growing our team to accelerate the growth of the company itself. Afterward, one of the main challenges that we faced was creating a company culture among a lot of people. Each person has their own values and their visions. Therefore aligning all the visions was the challenge for the company to move forward in one direction as one. 

Then how do you align everyone’s value?

First of all, we all know that Mycotech as the company has its objective. In Mycotech, however, we always talk to the staff and our employees about their personal objectives and how Mycotech can help them to achieve it. Then we try to align their objectives, with the company one. That’s why we can align them or direct them in one direction.

Although it doesn’t mean we offer them help, the employee itself should put their position in the company. They have to change themselves because our principle is “we cannot change other people”.  Hence most of the people in Mycotech are highly initiated and we do not need to tell them what to do. 

From the Website, we can see that Mycotech team is passionate about making an impact on Social and Environmental problems.  Could you explain to us how mushroom products contribute to a sustainable society?

Currently, the processes in most industries are the linear process from extractions of raw materials into dumping.

However, we use agricultural waste as raw materials. We start with the waste of other industries and then make products out of them. It means we upcycle them. Afterward, we make our products. Also, because our product is fully biodegradable and is a natural base, it is really easy to be degraded to the earth. Therefore, it does not become waste, but it became compostable and degradable to the earth. At last, it backs into the earth, and then it contributes to the agricultural industries to produce waste which we use to produce materials. Consequently it becomes circular.

What we are trying to do is this,  to revolutionize the way how we produce material, from linear to circular.

Does Mycotech have any plans for expanding your products overseas?

In 2019, we focused on production in Indonesia, however,  Japan is one of the main destination markets for us. Last year, we got invited to the exhibition in Osaka, “Living Design Exhibition”. We got a positive impression of this market because the market is aligned with our values and Japanese people showed us huge interests in how we create the materials. Hence our target is to enter the Japanese market this year. 

Finally, the last question.What are Mycotech’s biggest dreams and goals in the future?

Our dream is to collaborate with local communities to use their local agricultural wastes to grow their own local materials which they use locally in their communities. For example, entering into the Japanese market, we are planning to collaborate with the local farmers there to use their local waste, rather than produce it in Indonesia then export it. Because sustainability is our core value, we try to reduce our carbon footprint as low as possible. 

That will be our future. We will have small productions in many countries all across the world. Not only grow the materials, but we also want to grow together with the local communities.

Besides, currently, leather is one of the main contributors to greenhouse gases. We use a lot of spaces and use a lot of water to produce it. Also, their production process is really toxic and chemicals. It’s really bad for the earth. So that’s why Mycotech here. We are trying to give you more sustainable alternatives from leather.
We call it, “Creating profits while saving”.

This time we introduced an amazing Mycelium startup from Indonesia, Mycotech. They are powerfully changing the notion of materials with the solution no one ever imagined. Their slogan, “Creating profits while saving” is exactly describing their spirit. If you found an interest in them, do not hesitate to visit their website to be a part of their challenge. (https://www.mycote.ch)

In SUGEE Kansai YouTube channel, we are publishing the full version of this interview video. You can see more stories about Mycotech’s passion against this material, their entering plan to Japan, and also their challenge with Olympic, etc. Please check it out!
SUGEE YouTube: Turning Waste into Profit with Mycotech

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SUGEE has branded new!!

SUGEE is now Branded new!

 Today we officially announce to you that we have been reborn as SUGEE Kansai from SUGEE OSAKA. From last December, we have tried to support entrepreneurs and business challengers from abroad who are challenging their journey in Osaka. Now we have expanded our base into the whole Kansai area to achieve our mission, “Building an ecosystem where global innovators can collaborate to create SUGEE moments, without any difficulties caused by the nationality”. We aim to support more and more innovators and challengers in Kansai area.

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SUGEE Kansai provides comprehensive solutions for companies, entrepreneurs, and professionals to start or do their business in Japan, especially in Kansai.

SUGEE Kansai Services

Quickly remove all barriers to make you ready doing business in Kansai seamlessly

SUGEE Business Set Up

Helps you setting up your business in Japan (legal, insight, etc).

SUGEE Entrepreneur

Helps entrepreneurs to establish start ups in Kansai (insight, network).

SUGEE Work

Helps (overseas) professionals and Japanese companies to hire the right employee in the right place.

SUGEE Internship

Helps foreigners who stay in Japan to get internship opportunities.

SUGEE Class

Helps you learn language, culture, and technological barriers to make you ready doing business in Japan.

SUGEE Visa

Helps you and your overseas employees to get Japan Visa quickly.

SUGEE Housing

Helps you get or share accommodation while working in Kansai.

SUGEE Translation

Helps you easily get professional and accurate Japanese translation for your business. 

SUGEE Tax Support

Helps you to manage tax in Japan with multiple language translation services.

SUGEE Business Set Up

 

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Setting up a business entity is now easy. We provide bilingual service consultation and education on how to register your company in Japan in English and Japanese. No need to worry and set-up your business now!

SUGEE Entrepreneur

Open entrepreneurial windows of opportunities 

Unlock many opportunities to learn entrepreneurship, local wisdom of Kansai and Japan, go-to market strategy, and get connected with Venture Capitals and other networking opportunities. Let’s make your start up works out in Japan and Asia.

SUGEE Works

Hire the right employee in the right place 

SUGEE Works provides a job platform that connects high skilled tech professionals all around the world and companies who need skillful and more affordable tech talents.

Our focus on skill talent includes: software developer, designer, data scientist, AI engineer, IoT engineer, customer service talent, and so on.

Foreign professionals (non Japanese) are very welcomed to join SUGEE Works. We are confident that we are able to find you a matched work environment, work hours, and beautiful salaries!

SUGEE Internship

 Hire the right intern in the right place

SUGEE Internship connects the foreign students in Japan who need an internship and the Japanese companies who are accepting foreign interns.

We also offers consultation service for foreign student who want to get internship in Kansai.

SUGEE Class

 

Upgrade Your Skills to Survive in Japan Market

General Japanese Class

Level: Beginner – Intermediate (N5 – N3)

Books: Minna No Nihongo 1 & 2

Number of students: Maximum 6

Number of class: 10 times / terms (2 times / week)

Fee / class: TBD

Date and time: Adjustable based on students

Business Japanese Class

Level: Advance (at least N2)

Books: Shigoto No Nihongo IT Gyoumu

Number of students: Maximum 6

Number of class: 10 times / terms (2 times / week)

Fee / class: TBD

Date and time: Adjustable based on students

We also provide Tech class includes software development, data analytics, AI, IoT, and other courses 

SUGEE Visa

Obtain Your Visa Couldn’t be Easier 

SUGEE Visa Support service supports you and your overseas employees to obtain Japanese Visa quickly and effectively.

Available visa types:

  1. Highly skilled professional visa
  2. Working Visa
  3. General Visa
  4. Specified Visa
  5. Startup Visa
  6. Diplomatic Visa
  7. Official Visa

SUGEE Housing

Right accommodation for your leisure

Finding the right accommodation such as apartment, sharehouse, oreven house in Japan could be stressful for expatriates.

SUGEE Housing provides housing service in English for foreigner lives in Kansai area.

SUGEE Translation

 Language is your strength, not your boundary

SUGEE Translation provides high quality translation services on specialized fields such as: copy writing on websites, drafting contracts, training materials, documents, manuals, and more in Japanese or other languages.

SUGEE Translation aims to supply clients with the language resources best suited to their needs.

Language available: English, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, etc.

SUGEE Tax Support

 

Manage Your Tax and Accounting According to Japanese Language and Compliance

SUGEE Tax and Accounting Support Collaborates with Aramaki Tax Accounting Office to offer consultation and service on:

  • Tax Declaration
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  • Establishment of monthly settlement system
  • Accounting and settlement support
  • Financial analysis and business planning
  • Support for facilitating accounting operations
  • Tax and Accounting Consulting

FAQ

Can I do something for a better world?

Of course. Whoever you are and whatever you do right now, remember, to do it with 100% effort, heart, and prayer. Only with totality, you can achieve your SUGEE moments. Good luck!

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