In its continuous quest for innovation in animal nutrition and aqua feed, Nutreco is launching a new way to kick-start breakthrough solutions with the Nutreco FeedTech Challenge.
The Challenge offers a 'greenhouse & pressure cooker' environment aimed at identifying, nurturing and enriching high potential concepts in pilot or proof-of-concept phases. The winner receives a unique prize in the form of a scientific on-farm validation trial in one of Nutreco's research farms.
Nutreco CEO Knut Nesse points out that the validation trial for the winner is the biggest boost any start-up could wish for. "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 2 months, contestants will participate in an online platform where entries are open for comments, discussions and contributions from others. This provides a unique opportunity to connect with other start-ups, industry experts, scientists, and ultimately with farmers and the rest of the world. The Challenge hopes to inspire start-ups with breakthrough innovations in the following 3 areas:
- nutrition against antimicrobial resistance
- feed-to-farm efficiency
- young animal nutrition
The international jury is chaired by Prof Dr Ir Daniel Berckmans of KU Leuven. He is an expert in animal and human health engineering, and one of the pioneers of precision livestock farming. 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 10 finalists, who will receive further feedback and training in pressure cooker sessions during the 2-day Nutreco FeedTech Challenge Event on 22 and 23 February in the Netherlands. At this event, the winner will be selected and receive a scientific on-farm validation trial in one of Nutreco's research farms, including a validation report.
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