Cory Rupert – BUGZ
Cory Rupert - BUGZ #1
Describe yourself and your project. How did you get the idea?
Hello! I'm a medical student here in Lund and will be beginning my 4th semester during the autum. Training and nutrition are a big interest of mine and as such I am always on the look-out for possible high quality protein sources that can constitute a staple in my diet. Enter, insects.
Who are you? Previous education/jobs/ experiences etc.
Originally from outside Dallas, Texas, I came to Sweden as an exchange student when I was 20. I fell in love with Sweden and to make a long story short, I never went back. I eventually learned Swedish and earned a bachelor's degree in political science with a focus in national economics from Uppsala University. Shortly after, I decided to embark on a completely different path due to my interest in training and nutition and now I study medicine in Lund.
What will you do during these three months? How will you spend the time?
During the next three months I will try and learn as much as I can about the ins and outs of owning and operating my own company as well as attaining more knowledge concerning insect rearing and the effects it will have on the environment. Getting in-touch with the right people and making as many contacts as I can will also be a goal of mine.
What do you expect to achieve during Leapfrogs?
I expect to achieve a better understanding of how to run a company and how to deal with the obsticles that such a task presents. Leapfrogs allows me to surround myself with like-minded, ambitious and enthousiastic young enthrpeneurs and as a result I hope to learn as much as I can.
Cory Rupert - BUGZ #2
Tell us what you have done on your project so far during the Leapfrogs time.
During these last 6 weeks I have been trying my hand at meal worm breeding. I have been experimenting with different methods and variables such as alternating food sources, substrate, etc. I have also been working diligently on making contacts in hopes of creating potential clients and work partners. So far I have been focusing on contacting chicken and fish farmers in the southern region of Sweden.
Has everything gone according to the plan? Has anything unexpected occurred? Has something been easier/harder than expected?
Well, this question is rather difficult to answer. Upon receiving the Leapfrogs scholarship I really did not know what to expect and therefore I did not have any preconceptions. I figured it would not be easy and that assumption has proven true. I learn more and more everyday from both a business development standpoint as well as about the insects themselves. So far Bugz journey has been fun and enjoyable!
What will you focus on during the remaining time? Will you follow your original plan or has anything changed along the way?
I will devote most of my remaining time to a few things. Firstly, I want to learn more about the entomology of insects such as mealworms, crickets, and black soldier flies. Secondly, I need to become more knowledgeable about chicken farming and aquaculture so I can have a dialog and understand the needs, wants, and concerns of the animal farmers that I will be dealing with. Furthermore, I will be reaching out to numerous animal farmers, produce farmers, supermarkets, etc. in hopes of building up a network of potential partners and clients.
Cory Rupert - BUGZ #3
How did you experience the three months?
The last three months have been intensive but well worth the time. I've learned so much about the development and planning it takes to begin a start-up. Bugz has come a long way in the past 3 months and I hope to begin the next phase of development in the Autumn.
What has been hardest/most enjoyable?
Most difficult: ground work. By this I mean getting all ¨your ducks in a row¨ and having the figures and details figured out before contacting potential investors/partners. There can't be any gaps or uncertainties when it comes to pitching your idea. It may be difficult but it's extremely rewarding in the end.
Most enjoyable: looking back and realizing that the time and effort has paid off. Even if Bugz doesn't succeed, its been quite the adventure. The knowledge and experience that I've attained will benefit me in my future endeavors.
Did it go as expected? Will you continue working on your project in the future?
To be honest, I really didn't know what to expect in the beginning. But it was definintly worth it. There is no doubt that I will continue to work with my project in the future. I truly believe in Bugz and I'm passionate about what my start-up stands for.
What would you say is the most important lesson learnt while working on your project?
An idea is good, but a plan is great. It is a tedious and tiring process but if you are passionate about your project then you will be willing to put in the time and effort.
Do you have any tips to other ”new” entrepreneurs?
Don't underestimate the process. It's a journey and it most likely requires more time and effort than you expect.