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Development of innovative future food: Ecotrophelia and Blue Dot course

Overall Course Objectives

The students should invent an innovative, sustainable food or drink product which has never been seen before, in groups of 3 to 6 students. The innovative part can be the concept, the technology, the recipe and/or the packaging. This product should then be entered in the Danish Ecotrophelia competition.

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze customer value proposition
  • Analyse the market potential for new developed products and furthermore to decide about customer segment
  • Invent and develop an innovative sustainable food or drinks product by systematic idea generation and to make prototypes of the product
  • Evaluate and report the characteristics of the product and the shelf life with regards to safety and quality and nutritional properties
  • Conceive and design suitable packaging material for new food products with regards to chemical, biological and sensory qualities
  • Design the large scale production of the developed product
  • Develop strategies for implementation and launching of new food products
  • Develop a business plan for the product
  • Establish cash flow projection and budgets on profit/loss, assets/liabilities
  • Plan the establishment of a company (Business planning)
  • Compete in an entrepreneurship competition

Course Content

This is a practical, hands-on course in which you build on competences obtained in other courses in order to invent a new and innovative sustainable food or drinks product in a small group (3-6 students) and produce it in small scale and use it to take part in the Danish Ecotrophelia competition. The product should therefore fulfill the formal requirements as set out by Ecotrophelia ( The course will contain significant extra-curricular work and effort and to be rewarded for this, successful completion of the course will elicit a DTU-Blue Dot diploma. There will be some formal teaching to lead you through a systematic process but the course will be run mostly with the teachers acting in a supervisory and mentoring role. It is thus highly recommended that you have had course 23101, 23564 and 23532, but if in doubt about your qualifications, contact the course responsible. The product development is based on the team’s own idea, but you are encouraged to work further on product concepts developed in other courses, such as 23564 ór 23101.The students will prepare a launching strategy for the product based on a market survey and make a business plan for the production, implementation and marketing of the developed product. The project will lead to a report covering the points set out for the European Ecotrophelia competition.

Recommended prerequisites

23101/23564/23532/42500, It is an advantage if you have had course 42500 or similar on innovation in engineering. It is also an advantage if you have had course 23531 on how to make a business plan for a food product before this course and course 23532 or similar courses on HACCP before taking this course. Other courses on food safety and risk analysis would also be very valuable. You are encouraged to work further on concepts developed in other courses.

Teaching Method

Inventing a new food product, making food prototypes, lectures, self study, practical and project work, competition.


Please note that the exam will also be the actual Danish Ecotrophelia competition and will only be held once per year – on the day designated for the exam for this teaching module, which is usually at the end of May or start of June each year.
Participation in Grøn Dyst (Green Challenge) is encouraged.
Each student is expected to participate fully in the teaching and learning activities and their team’s work. It is not acceptable to have other commitments which clash with the scheduled teaching module, which is why teaching is done on Tuesday evenings.

Limited number of seats

Minimum: 10.

Please be aware that this course will only be held if the required minimum number of participants is met. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether the course will be held.

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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 23552
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 5
Semester end Week 19
Days Tues 18-22

7.500,00 DKK

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