27 May 2024

Auckland start-up grows 'leather' out of fungi

From Nine To Noon, 9:30 am on 27 May 2024
Leather alternative made from mycelium by Sapro-Tech

Photo: Supplied by Sapro-Tech

An Auckland based start-up is growing leather-like material out of fungi, which it says is versatile, strong and sustainable.

Sapro-tech was founded by biotechnolgist Dr Keith Hudson.

The material is made from mycelium which is a root like structure of a fungus.

Last year the business raised $1 million in pre -seed funding and is now seeking a further $1 million dollars in seed funding.

It is currently in talks with Venture Capitalists and has partnered with four fashion companies - SABEN, taylor, Velvet Heartbeat & YY NATION - who are keen to collaborate.

Sapro-tech founder Dr Keith Hudson talks to Kathryn.