Daniel Rico Aldaz

Daniel Rico Aldaz

Daniel Rico Aldaz

Co-founder, COO of Cocuus

Daniel Rico Aldaz is the Spanish COO and co-founder at 3D printing food tech and cell-based meat startup Cocuus, where he has worked since he co-founded it in 2017. Before Cocuus, Rico founded an industrial design company, Rico Ingenio, which was established in 2009, where he continues to be a founding partner.

His last full-time position before Cocuus was at systems automation company Kaizen for less than a year, where he headed up the technical office. Prior to that, Rico briefly led the computer-to-plate (CTP) and quality control departments at printers Estellaprint. For 15 years, until 2016, Rico was founder at his own industrial design company El Seis Y El Cuatro.

Rico’s varied career has also seen him as head designer of children's parks and gyms at Mader Play, as an IT teacher at a worker’s foundation and as both a graphic and an artistic designer in two communication agencies and a lighting company. During his career,  Rico has had experience with design and manufacturing in 3D processes, which he used to innovate in Cocuus.  

Rico did not attend university. He studied music and design at high school.

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