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Nutreco FeedTech Challenge offers the ultimate test for breakthrough innovations

Nutreco is launching a new way to kick-start breakthrough solutions with the Nutreco FeedTech Challenge. Centered around the question ‘What is your breakthrough innovation – that CANNOT wait?’ Nutreco calls for the brightest minds to help realize sustainable food production for a growing world population. The winner will receive a unique prize in the form of a scientific on-farm validation trial in one of Nutreco’s research farms. “This challenge and in particular the validation trial can provide a significant contribution to introducing new breakthrough innovations into real life. For start-ups it is a great opportunity to accelerate the development of their innovations, possibly even leading to a funding offer from Nutreco or one of our partners.”

December 1, 2016

Nutreco is launching a new way to kick-start breakthrough solutions with the Nutreco FeedTech Challenge. Centered around the question ‘What is your breakthrough innovation – that CANNOT wait?’ Nutreco calls for the brightest minds to help realize sustainable food production for a growing world population. The winner will receive a unique prize in the form of a scientific on-farm validation trial in one of Nutreco’s research farms.

The Nutreco FeedTech Challenge offers a ‘greenhouse & pressure cooker’ environment aimed at identifying, nurturing and enriching high potential concepts in pilot or proof-of-concept phases. 

Nutreco CEO Knut Nesse points out that the validation trial for the winner is the biggest boost any start-up could wish for. “At Nutreco we focus on bringing new science and technologies to farmers, faster and more effectively. We know that validation and knowledge on how to apply new technologies in a real farm environment are crucial for farmers to embrace innovation.”

“This challenge and in particular the validation trial can provide a significant contribution to introducing new breakthrough innovations into real life. For start-ups it is a great opportunity to accelerate the development of their innovations, possibly even leading to a funding offer from Nutreco or one of our partners.”

Over a competition period of two months, contestants will participate in an online platform where entries are open for comments, discussions and contributions from others. 

Centred around the question ‘What is your breakthrough innovation – that CANNOT wait?’, the Nutreco FeedTech Challenge hopes to inspire start-ups with breakthrough innovations in the following three areas:

* nutrition against antimicrobial resistance

* feed-to-farm efficiency

* young animal nutrition  

In the first phase from 29 November 2016 until 17 January 2017, entries receive valuable feedback and enrichment from industry experts and scientists. An expert jury will then select ten finalists, who will receive further feedback and training in pressure cooker sessions during the two-day Nutreco FeedTech Challenge Event on 22 and 23 February in The Netherlands. At this event, the winner will be selected and receives a scientific on-farm validation trial in one of Nutreco´s research farms, including a validation report.

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