Alterpacks creates waste-to-worth products
Going beyond Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
Alterpacks uses organic waste to create an all-in-one urban farming solution to grow food crops.
Working in collaboration with scientists and industry partners, Alterpacks tackles issues of zero waste by creating a new biodegradable compostable material made from food loss in manufacturing.
Founder and CEO
Karen Cheah is a former senior media executive with over 20 years of experience working with the world’s largest entertainment companies including start-ups. Her areas of expertise are in business development, marketing and communications. She has received over 60 international awards for her creative work including the John Hendricks Innovation Award twice for CSR initiatives in conservation. Karen started AlterPacks after completing her MSc at SMU, was on the Dean’s List and a Leadership Scholar. She is one of the 100 entrepreneurs featured in SMU’s 20th Anniversary book “Imagine Better” highlighting Alumni who have made a positive impact through their work.
Chief Financial Officer
Herbin Chia has over 20 years of experience in corporate planning and strategy execution in Asia and was chief-of-staff to CEOs in the insurance industry. He designs business models with specific benefits for all stakeholders along the value chain. The modular implementation blueprints that he develops help multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams work towards a common goal. Herbin was also on the Dean’s List and a Leadership Scholar at the Singapore Management University’s Master of Science in Innovation (2019) and was Karen’s classmate.
Alterpacks in the News
“These are real world problems in every society,” said Karen Cheah, founder and CEO of Alterpacks. “The ability to at least make a mark, a start, is our contribution.”
Where does trash go? 75% of our trash can be recycled and reused. Come on a journey to see how trash can be turned into treasure! Karen Cheah, the founder of Alterpacks, brings the world of waste to wonder with games and stories. The first 10 to sign-up will get special bamboo straws. Log on to https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/113182066608
Receiving 2 prizes at The Liveability Challenge 2020 with Closed Loop Ventures & Global Green Connect
Receiving 2 prizes at The Liveability Challenge 2020 with Closed Loop Ventures & Global Green Connect was amazing and underscores the NTU and AlterPacks teamwork! Grateful thanks always to Prof William Chen for leading us. We're super excited on our next steps as we move towards commercialisation. Thank you to the judges, partners, mentors, Eco-Business, Temasek Foundation. And Congratulations to Turtle Tree on winning the Grand Prize! It was an amazing 6 months and being in the company of our fellow start-ups doing such game-changing work was an honour. #startup #sustainability #biodegradablepackaging
AlterPacks is in the Grand Finale of #TheLiveabilityChallenge 2020 with Professor William Chen from NTU's Food Science & Technology, who has been amazing. A year ago, I was in the audience witnessing 6 companies pitching for the grand prize. And to have the opportunity a year later to be in the Finals on 8 July is humbling and an honour we accept with grateful thanks. We could only have made this journey with the talents of a diverse team that includes Herbin Chia and Kuan Rei Ng. #innovation #theliveabilitychallenge #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurialjourney
Our work on sustainability solutions continues as we aim towards a zero waste circular economy. The challenging times we face with Covid-19 drives home the importance of food security. And we're humbled to have the amazing support of the scientific community and advisors such as Dr Loh Wah Sing to help us in our start-up journey. #sustainability #circulareconomy #environment #foodsecurity #foodwaste #covid19
A great kick-start to the Year of the Rat as AlterPacks enters the NUS Lean LaunchPad Programme! Commercialisation and validation of our bio-tech at my alma mater. Having graduated from both NUS and SMU, it’s great to see the tie-up between both schools as we push ahead with our early stage start-up in sustainability. https://lnkd.in/fzXXpdp #startups #biotechnology #sustainability #acceleratorprogram #earlystage
At this point of the start-up, what I am aiming for is to start small, provide the product to the sectors that have real commercial interest, and continuously test and adapt as we move verticals.
Karen is one of 100 entrepreneurs featured in SMU’s 20th anniversary coffee table book called Imagine Better. 100% proceeds of book go to creating bursaries for SMU students.
We welcome team members, partners and investors who share our vision of a circular economy and a sustainable future. Join us.