The home of mycelium research, innovation and application

MycoHAB is a pioneering foundation focused on addressing food security, generating sustainable building materials, fostering job creation, and promoting a carbon-negative ecosystem by harnessing the power of mycelium technology.

Our platform provides a holistic solution that combines funding opportunities, breakthrough myco-research and application know-how to create a sustainable impact that can be leveraged across territories.

Build it to understand it.

Dr Andreas MershinFounder

History of MycoHAB

MycoHAB, through the utilization of mycelium technology, presents an opportunity to contribute significantly to the green economy.

MycoHAB was incubated within Standard Bank Group (SBG) as an innovative collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Center for Bits and Atoms. MycoHAB now operates independently from SBG and MIT.

MycoHAB continues to explore innovative ways to make dreams possible, focusing on fostering prosperity while benefiting the environment and its biodiversity. This forward-thinking approach aligns with the ideals of driving growth and investing in people.

Our focus areas

Next-gen materials

Next-gen materials

Mycelium composites are green and economical alternatives to traditional materials. Using readily available waste, the end products are structurally compelling and often superior and can be used as raw material at the end of life.



Mycofood production requires less energy, time, land and water to achieve foods of nutritional protein values comparable to meat. Lucrative markets exist, and global demand for mushroom-based food is growing.



Mycelium technologies can be used to clean up the environment and provide devastation relief by breaking down and removing materials, contaminants and toxic compounds through mycoremediation and mycofiltration processes.

Our founders and core team

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MycoHAB Foundation

MycoHAB is a non-profit foundation focusing on the research and development of mycelium-based structures to create a new generation of building materials to benefit communities within Africa and abroad.

While mycelium research and technologies are growing exponentially, until recently, large-scale deployment only existed in widely dispersed and isolated pockets where the science, resources and finances were readily available. This made it inaccessible and too expensive for individual organisations (or countries) to tap into.

To make a tangible and sustainable impact requires a cohesive and inclusive approach that bridges information, application, know-how and funding, which is what led to the MycoHAB Foundation being established in 2021 in Mauritius.

The MycoHAB Foundation is governed by a council of members and aims to redeploy profits generated from the commercialisation of the intellectual property developed from our research into new research areas, skills development and training.

It will also mobilise and invest funding from philanthropic organisations, high net worth individuals and companies into mycelium research and development, application and advancement.


MycoHAB Mauritius

MycoHAB Mauritius is a wholly owned subsidiary of the MycoHAB Foundation, based in Mauritius and operating as a global company.

MycoHAB Mauritius is the commercial centre of MycoHAB operations and enables the MycoHAB concept and its toolkit of technologies to be deployed in other countries in Africa and beyond. This structure enables us to accelerate mycelium research, myco-technologies, bioremediation and innovation to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges, in addition to investing in skills development, jobs and industries, and creating new, futureproof circular economies.

MycoHAB Mauritius partners with scientific communities, research institutions, organisations, civil society, technical agencies and the private sector to develop new applications for the mycelium technology already developed and patented.


MycoHAB Namibia

MycoHAB Namibia is the commercial subsidiary of MycoHAB in Mauritius and aims to make a positive and lasting impact in Namibia through initiatives focused on long-term social, economic and environmental upliftment.

The need for affordable and sustainable housing, as well as meaningful and lasting economic growth in the region, saw us start work in Namibia in 2019 under the name Biohab.  Renamed in 2022, we have partnered with the Buy-a-Brick Foundation and the Standard Bank Namibia Community Trust, innovating for a sustainable future.

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