EatSafe-Innovation-Challenge

EatSafe Innovation Challenge 2022 ($10,000)

Application for EatSafe Innovation Challenge 2022 is ongoing!

Feed the Future’s EatSafe program in partnership with the SUN Business Network (SBN) and the Innovative Food System Portal is looking for entrepreneurs, students, researchers and other innovators in Nigeria and Ethiopia who are passionate about food safety to participate in the EatSafe Innovation Challenge!

The EatSafe Innovation Challenge is calling on innovators to share their ideas on how existing food safety innovations can be adapted and applied in traditional markets in Nigeria and Ethiopia.

Applicants stand a chance to participate in the Global EatSafe Innovation Challenge that will take place in Denmark where USD 10,000 dollars is up for grabs for the winning concept!

The challenge will take place between April-October 2022 and will be organized as a global initiative including national pitching events in Nigeria and Ethiopia and a global final event will take place in Denmark.

EatSafe Innovation Challenge- Eligibility

This opportunity is open to entrepreneurs, students, researchers, and other innovators based in Nigeria or Ethiopia. You must be available to travel in October 2022 and adhere to travel rules in Denmark.

Each applicant will be tasked to select one of the following seven innovation categories and develop a compelling concept of how the innovation can be adapted in a local food market. Applicants will need to submit an application form found below.

EatSafe Innovation Challenge- Benefits

The participants will benefit from:

  • National and global visibility & recognition,
  • Mentorship, technical training,
  • Networking opportunities with leading industry players, investors, researchers, and academia,

4 winners from National EatSafe Innovation Challenges will be announced and promoted at a virtual event. In addition, they will receive technical support to refine their idea from IFSS portal team in a design workshop and mentoring with a local food safety expert to prepare the finalists to pitch their proposal at the final Demo Day.

Thereafter, 4 winners will be chosen from each national competition to participate in the Global EatSafe Innovation Challenge Finals that will take place in Denmark in September 2022.

The global finals participants stand a chance at winning USD 10,000 dollars. The uniqueness of the EatSafe Challenge is in the walk the team takes the shortlisted participant through from the entry process to the final pitch.

How will concepts be assessed?

A Selection Committee comprising of food safety experts will rate entries on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being the lowest (poor) and 5 the highest score (great) against the 5 selection criteria: food safety and nutritional benefit, feasibility, adaptability in low-and-middle-income countries, scalability, and environmental sensitivity.

Food Safety and Nutritional Benefit

The extent to which an innovation can be used to reduce the pathogens and contaminants at strategic points in the supply chain and improve food safety for nutritious foods in upstream and downstream activities.

Adaptability to LMICs

The extent to which an innovation can be widely implemented and adopted, especially in low-resource settings and traditional markets. Give special consideration to the availability of resources in the country to build and use the innovation.

Scalability

The ability of an innovation to be scaled to a broad population for greater impact with a focus on vulnerable populations (i.e. empowering consumers, vendors, women, and young children).

This element recognizes that there could be initial costs and risks that may hinder the scalability of the innovation. Business models should consider who their primary users will be and their ability to pay for a new product.

Environmental Sensitivity

The impact of an innovation around ensuring climate and environmental resilience and reducing the greenhouse gas footprint of the food system.

Novelty

**Applicants will NOT be judged on the innovation’s novelty, or its maturity level/readiness: idea, prototype, gaining traction, moving to scale, mainstream.

Selection Process

The participants will benefit from national and global visibility, recognition, mentorship, technical training and networking opportunities with leading industry players, investors, researchers and academia, 4 winners from National EatSafe Innovation Challenges will be announced and promoted in an online event.

In addition, they will receive technical support to refine their idea from IFSS portal team in a design workshop and mentoring with a local food safety expert to prepare the finalists to pitch their proposal at the final Demo Day.

Thereafter, 4 winners will be chosen from each national competition to participate in the Global EatSafe Innovation Challenge Finals that will take place in Denmark in September 2022.

The global finals participants stand a chance at winning USD 10,000 dollars. The uniqueness of the EatSafe Challenge is in the walk the team takes the shortlisted participant through from the entry process to the final pitch.

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Application timeline

  • 30 April: Application deadline
  • 02 – 20 May: Screening of applications by EatSafe and food safety experts
  • 23 May – 17 June: Long-listed applicants attend workshop series on tools to be used to develop the solutions (e.g. Backcasting tool)
  • 07 June: World Food Safety Day
  • 20 June – 01 July: Expert EatSafe panel screens applications and selects 10 finalists (5 Nigeria and 5 Ethiopia)
  • 27 June: World SME Day
  • 04 July – 19 August: Global EatSafe Innovation Challenge virtual mentorship program (or in-person): working with food safety experts to refine finalists’ solutions (10 finalists)
  • 22 – 26 August: Live pitch event in Nigeria/Ethiopia to select 4 national winners
  • 10 – 14 October: EatSafe Global Final Event Week

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