Our start-up story 'Frenvi'

Hello! We are Abhi and Phani, two ambitious food-loving guys from India. We first met in Germany, where we came to study for our Masters’ in International Business and Engineering at the SRH Hochschule, Heidelberg. In comparison to crowded and busy India, Germany seemed very tidy and very clean at first. When we traveled around and saw different main stations and bigger cities we saw lot of plastic waste lying around. We realised, no matter how good the waste management system is, a lot of waste is a lot to manage. It seems an impossible task. So, we being engineers at heart, immediately started to think about zero waste solutions. 

But, How do we begin? Where should we start?

We needed a real problem that we as students, could actually come up with a solution for. During our summer job at a kitchen in Heidelberg, we noticed the movement and management of so many cutleries. Some silverware went in the dishwasher, other disposable went in to the waste bin, some were plastic and could be recycled. However, all the waste ended up in a single bin in the hustle of a restaurant kitchen. After giving it a serious thought we realised cutleries are generally used to have food, why not make the cutlery edible so that we can have food with food. This triggered the idea to make an edible cutlery which can be used functionally, at the same time tasty when consumed. 

One step at a time..

To put our simple ideas into practice was a true journey and a lot of work. Abhinav as a big food enthusiast and skilled cook was crazy enough to iterate the idea in his kitchen at the baking oven. Our first few spoons were a disaster, some were too hard, too soft, disappearing in the soup, bad taste, burnt spoons and so on. But our passion spurred us on to develop our EATlery. As the research for this innovative product and manufacturing process for mass production was taking its shape, we were awarded scholarship from the Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie through EXIST program to support the research and development phase and empowered by well known startup incubator SRH Gründer Institut, Heidelberg. This was one of the best moments and the beginning of our startup life! 

Phanindra Gopala Krishna

Everyone fondly calls me “Phani”, I am 29 years old. I am passionate about giving shapes to new products. I am a technical expert and have rich experience in manufacturing and product design projects.  I would describe myself in three words as thinker, traveller and a food enthusiast . My philosophy is “Life is a journey, not a destination”. I love to eat EATlery because it is like a cherry on a cake.

Abhinav Ramachandran

Everyone fondly calls me “Abhi”, I am 29 years old. I am passionate about business development strategies. I am a strategist and have a rich experience in business operations. I would describe myself in three words as explorative, progressive and a foodie. My philosophy is – “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go”. I love to eat EATlery because I always like a snack after a meal. 


Interested in what we have come up with?!
Have a look at our variety of sustainable cutlery.

Edible and Sustainable Cutlery

Our biodegradable utensils range from simple Spoons to Sporks and Ice Cream spoons. All these are sustainable edible dinnerware. Each product is made with healthy nutritious ingredients and cereals. Have a look at all the information about our products by visiting our products page or just by clicking the button below.

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