About SPRK

At SPRK, we work every day to solve the problem so that food waste will soon be a thing of the past. We are a diverse team, combining different talents and areas of expertise. We are all united by the desire to create a new ecosystem, building strong partnerships in the process to scale the impact. We work in an open and modern co-working space (Space Shack) in Schöneberg, remotely, or we visit our partners to get to know them. We are already a team of more than 20 but we are still growing!

SPRK Timeline

June 2020

Extreme Tech Challenge

January 2021

SUSTAINABLE CATERING USING FOOD SURPLUS

SPRK and the catering company Optimahl start offering products and daily specials in the restaurants of Berlin’s esswirtschaft. 75 percent of each meal is made using top-quality, redistributed surplus food.

Read more (#2)

March 2021

NOMINATION FOR ZU GUT FÜR DIE TONNE AWARD

SPRK is nominated for the German federal award Zu gut für die Tonne in the Digitalization category. The 2021 federal award focused on the connection between our food waste and global warming.

May 2021

FUTURE OF FOOD

SPRK is part of the Future of Food fellowship programme. The aim is to scale the impact by means of exchange with peers, experts, and investors from around the world.

July 2021

growing team

We are already a team of more than 20 but we are still growing!

March 2020

SPRK is founded

SPRK’s idea of building a B2B trading platform for food was born back in 2017. After a successful proof of concept, SPRK.global was finally founded in March 2020.

November 2020

SEED FUNDING SECURED

SPRK.global secures seven-figure seed funding. The founders of Toniebox/Boxine, the co-founder of Zanox Jens Hewald, the Corporate President of Samsung Electronics, and many other family-run companies, business angels, and entrepreneurs invest in the vision. SPRK plans to use the fresh capital to build its technological distribution platform and to expand its infrastructure and logistics. Read more (#1)

Seed funding 100%
February 2021

COLLABORATION WITH DIE ARCHE AND SOS-KINDERDORF BERLIN

Collaboration with non-profit organizations is an integral part of SPRK’s approach.

So far, around 30 tons of food has been delivered to Die Arche and SOS-Kinderdorf Berlin. This is equivalent to roughly 75,000 meals. Most notably, SPRK mainly supplied the children’s foundations with fruit and vegetables – food that is otherwise rarely donated.

Read more (#3)

May 2021

deli by sprk

Sustainable indulgence in Berlin: Start-up SPRK.global opens its first deli with dishes made from surplus food. Deli by SPRK forms part of the concept to redistribute and process surplus food in order to protect resources and the climate. The goal is for Germany’s capital to become free of food surplus within four years. Read more (#4)

June 2021

google startup advisor

SPRK is part of the Google Startup Advisor Program. The mission of the program is to support and empower social impact startups at scale to solve the world’s biggest problems.

We are hiring!

March 2020

SPRK is founded

SPRK’s idea of building a B2B trading platform for food was born back in 2017. After a successful proof of concept, SPRK.global was finally founded in March 2020.

June 2020

Extreme Tech Challenge

November 2020

Seed Funding Secured

SPRK.global secures seven-figure seed funding. The founders of Toniebox/Boxine, the co-founder of Zanox Jens Hewald, the Corporate President of Samsung Electronics, and many other family-run companies, business angels, and entrepreneurs invest in the vision. SPRK plans to use the fresh capital to build its technological distribution platform and to expand its infrastructure and logistics. Read more (#1)

Seed funding 100%
January 2021

SUSTAINABLE CATERING USING FOOD SURPLUS

SPRK and the catering company Optimahl start offering products and daily specials in the restaurants of Berlin’s esswirtschaft. 75 percent of each meal is made using top-quality, redistributed surplus food.

Read more (#2)

February 2021

COLLABORATION WITH DIE ARCHE AND SOS-KINDERDORF BERLIN

Collaboration with non-profit organizations is an integral part of SPRK’s approach.

So far, around 30 tons of food has been delivered to Die Arche and SOS-Kinderdorf Berlin. This is equivalent to roughly 75,000 meals. Most notably, SPRK mainly supplied the children’s foundations with fruit and vegetables – food that is otherwise rarely donated.

Read more (#3)

March 2021

NOMINATION FOR ZU GUT FÜR DIE TONNE AWARD

SPRK is nominated for the German federal award Zu gut für die Tonne in the Digitalization category. The 2021 federal award focused on the connection between our food waste and global warming.

May 2021

deli by sprk

Sustainable indulgence in Berlin: Start-up SPRK.global opens its first deli with dishes made from surplus food. Deli by SPRK forms part of the concept to redistribute and process surplus food in order to protect resources and the climate. The goal is for Germany’s capital to become free of food surplus within four years. Read more (#4)

May 2021

Future of food

SPRK is part of the Future of Food fellowship programme. The aim is to scale the impact by means of exchange with peers, experts, and investors from around the world.

June 2021

google startup advisor

SPRK is part of the Google Startup Advisor Program. The mission of the program is to support and empower social impact startups at scale to solve the world’s biggest problems.

July 2021

growing team

We are already a team of more than 20 but we are still growing!

We are hiring!

How we are moving from waste to value

1

IMPACT AND CHANGE

We strive to make the global supply chain efficient and free of food waste in a sustainable fashion, while driving down food overproduction.

2

Circular economy

By bringing food back into the natural life cycle (SDG #12), we are embracing a circular economy and reducing the impact on the climate (SDG #13).

3

TECHNOLOGY

Our online marketplace is the missing link in our current food supply chain. Our innovative, data-driven distribution approach rapidly and transparently matches food surplus with demand.

4

partnerships

We believe in honest, transparent, and committed relationships with our business and NGO partners. Only together can we crack the global food waste problem with shared goals and mutual support.

Technology that does the trick!

SPRK stands out with its proprietary distribution technology that uses AI to recognize patterns, identifying food surplus and redistributing it in real time. We believe technology is the key to solving global problems like food waste.

Sustainable Development Goals​

The United Nations introduced 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. At SPRK.global, we base our actions and our business model on these SDGs. We focus on SDG 12, 13,17, and 2 in particular. SPRK proactively builds bridges between business, society, and impact to bring systemic change to our planet.

#12

RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

Creating circular products and production processes

#13

climate action


Making a significant contribution towards fighting climate change

#17

partnerships for the goals

The problem of food waste in the supply chain can only be solved in partnership

#2

Zero hunger


Consideration and integration of people in need in our society

#12

RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

Creating circular products and production processes

#13

climate action

Making a significant contribution towards fighting climate change

#17

partnerships for the goals

The problem of food waste in the supply chain can only be solved in partnership

#2

Zero hunger

Consideration and integration of people in need in our society

SPRK Management Team

Alexander Piutti

CEO Serial entrepreneur Wharton MBA & Engineer

Behrang Nategh

Head of Logistics

Sarah Basteck

Head of Marketing & Communications

Adrian Krüger

Senior Product Manager

Isabelle Umlandt

Senior Managerin - HR & Corporate Development

Michael Heiduk

Head of Finance & Legal

Richard Neb

Senior Product Manager

Mikael Baath

Head of Technology Development

The SPRKians

Martin Meier

Junior Manager Logistics & Food Production

Omar Díaz

Software Engineer

Patricia Gaertner

Project Management

Jonas Gontarz

Manager Operations & Logistics

Friederike Kleist

Sales Representative

Jens Lehnen

Junior Supply Chain Manager

Aziz Touray

Junior Sales & Operations Manager

Alessia Venturini

Deli Service

Mostafa Foda

Product Manager

Philipp Metzger

Controller

Romy Munder

Design External

Robert Goldbeck

Senior Account Manager

Judith Frase

Kaufmännische Assistenz

Maximilian Rose

Account Manager

Sebastian Kalandyk

Logistic Agent

Advisory Board

Garrette Clark

United Nations Programme Officer

Eike von Oppeln- Bronikowski

Representative of charitable institutions

Nicolas Gabrysch

Lawyer VC & PE Partner at Osborne Clarke

Marc Preusche

Data Intelligence (DEPT, Google)

Ronny Rentner

CTO Rocket Internet (HelloFresh, Delivery Hero, Zalando, etc.)

Konrad Pochhammer

Specialist tax law MD RSM Berlin

Andreas M. Rickert

CEO PHINEO | Co-CEO NIXDORF Kapital | Aufsichtsrat | SPIEGEL-Bestseller | Impact Business Angel

Franziska Weidl

HR specialist Head of People Eurowings, GetYourGuide

Robert Leuendorf

Lean Manager mirontell



Christian Rebernik

CTO, Angel Investor (N26, Vivy, Parship)


Markus Sauerhammer

Chairman SEND Social Entrepreneurship Network Germany

Reinhard Buschmann

Team Lead | Digital Design & Content bei Telefónica Germany

Thorsten Schiefer

Network & Purchase

Wolfgang Schnallinger

Let’s talk!

LET’S PARTNER UP
Combat food waste at your business, notify us of any surplus, join SPRK as a mission partner, or maybe even join the team. Let’s talk about it.

Das SPRK Team

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