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VivaTech Start-up Finalist – DISCOVER NU!: Zero Waste Smart Fridges

This year come and meet NU!, one of our three start-ups finalists who will be featured in the Sodexo Lab at VivaTech this year.

From May 16 to May 18 2019, Viva Technology will bring together 10,000 start-ups with top worldwide investors, companies & global tech leaders including us! For the third consecutive year we are a VivaTech gold partner and, as in previous years, we’ve invited start-ups to pitch to win the coveted prize of being part of the Sodexo Lab.

This year we received an amazing 200 applications from start-ups across 32 countries. 30 start-ups were shortlisted and invited to pitch to a panel of Sodexo business and digital colleagues at our social hub.

Start-ups were invited to enter one of three challenges:

  1. How can we encourage healthy food habits at work, schools and universities?
  2. How to help our clients to better utilise their facilities out of service hours?
  3. How can Sodexo measure and monitor wellness in the workplace, in order to understand how to evolve its services?

We’ve now selected our three finalists who will each be given dedicated space within the Sodexo Lab at VivaTech to demonstrate their products and services as well as tickets for the three days of VivaTech and pitch opportunities on the Sodexo Lab stage.

Our first finalist is NU!

NU’s product is a smart vending fridge which promotes zero waste and healthy eating.

After registering with your bank card the fridge can verify your identity in multiple ways (e.g. with the NU! app or your travel pass) to grant you access. You are then able to help yourself to healthy snacks and meals 24/7. Thanks to weight measurement and computer vision technology the fridge is able to identify the products you’ve chosen and process payment automatically.

With seasonal, vegetarian and low waste options, this product encourages healthy and lower waste impact choices. The fridge even encourages zero waste in terms of packaging with re-usable containers which can be returned to the fridge, cleaned, and reused.

NU smart fridge zero waste drawers

For us, NU’s smart fridge responded to our challenge of encouraging health food habits at work, school and universities. A smart fridge available 24/7 would be perfect for workplaces, schools and universities alike where consumers would benefit from healthy options being available outside of core restaurant hours (or in locations too small to have a dedicated restaurant). This solution could also work really well in hospital environments and ties in with our commitments to reducing food waste.

Why not come and meet NU! at Sodexo Lab at Vivatech from 16th to the 18th of May in Paris!

Find out more about what we’ll be up to at VivaTech here.

Find out more about NU!:

Website: www.manger-nu.fr

Twitter: @NUzerodechet

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/manger-nu

April 04, 2019

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