Now in its second edition, the international competition “Innovative Ideas and Technologies in Agribusiness” is promoted by the United Nations Organization for Industrial Development – the Italian Investment and Technology Promotion Office (UNIDO ITPO) in collaboration with the Italian National Research Council (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche CNR), and Seeds&Chips, the Global Food Innovation Summit.
The contest is aimed at identifying the most innovative technologies and ideas available worldwide in foodtech and agtech sectors, which could lead to social and economic improvement of Developing Countries.
After the first edition held during Expo Milano 2015, this year’s competition is open to start-ups, SME and large companies, research organizations and universities, associations and NGO institutions. In the selection process, particular attention will be given to technologies for the improvement of the processing and conservation of food products; to innovative solutions against food waste; to technologies and innovative ideas for the valorization of agricultural products of small agricultural communities; and to technologies for the production of energy from alternative sustainable sources.
Applications must be received by 10th April, 2017 through the website http://www.unido.it/award2017/registration/index.php
An ad hoc Jury composed by highly recognized representatives from international and Developing Countries’ institutions, research centers and scientific academia, and business & financial entities will evaluate the proposals considered as admissible.
In particular, members of the Jury will include representatives of UNIDO ITPO Italy, CNR, Materias, Seeds&Chips, ENEA, CREA and select Ambassadors of Developing Countries.
Based on the verification of feasibility and credibility requirements, at the end of the selection process the jury will select 5 winners: one for the category “Women”, one for the “Young – Under 35” and 3 for the overall category. The Prize Giving Ceremony will take place in Milan on May 10 2017 within the framework of Seeds & Chips, The Global Food Innovation Summit to be held in Rho Fiera Milano from 8 to 11 May 2017.
Specifically, the Award Ceremony will take place during the Special Conference – Inspire Power “Food Security for Developing Countries”, one of the main events scheduled during Seeds & Chips 2017, the Global Food Innovation Summit. An event where the world’s most important decision makers and the delegations of Developing Countries governments gather together and are inspired by the latest innovations that are able to offer effective and concrete solutions to the problems of world hunger and food security in these countries.
The Seeds&Chips Conference and Summit are a prestigious showcase for the “Innovative Ideas and Technologies in Agribusiness” contest winners and for all Startups, which will have the opportunity to present their ideas before an exceptional public and to establish important technical and financial partnerships with the initiative promoters, with large companies, international institutions, business incubators and with investment funds.
The primary goal of UNIDO ITPO Italy, Seeds&Chips and CNR is to promote the creation of partnerships aimed at the recognition of a fundamental right. The right to healthy, safe and accessible food to all.
Source: Seeds & Chips