Working to Promote Health through Food Innovation? Apply for the Global Innovation Award

From by Michaela Elias
Working to Promote Health through Food Innovation? Apply for the Global Innovation Award

The EAT Foundation, a global initiative based in Sweden aiming to address the interlinked issues at the nexus of food, public health, and sustainability, in collaboration with Medicon Village, a world-class, multi-organization center based in Lund, Sweden, is seeking outstanding individuals for this year's Global Innovation Award (GIA). This award was launched at the inaugural EAT Stockholm Food Forum in 2014 and considers the relationship between healthy food and the prevention of chronic disease. A good candidate for the award will have contributed to creating a new market or process for the production or consumption of healthier and more sustainable food products. The winner of the GIA will be an individual who is working to addresses an unmet need or challenge within the food-health-sustainability Nexus and whose solution is commercially feasible, scalable, and positively impactful for a community. Innovations can be local or global and can be in the concept phase or the implemented pilot phase though preference will be given to the latter. 

Submissions must be from an individual on behalf of an organization and will be evaluated based on impact, cross-disciplinary approach, business feasibility and cost-effectiveness, outreach and practicality, and the EAT X Factor, or whether there is something particularly outstanding, exciting or inspiring about this innovation. 

The nominations opened on October 16, 2015 and will close on April 25, 2016. By the beginning of May, a jury will review a ten candidate short-list, selected by the EAT team, and finalize the winner as well as a first and second runner-up. The jury is made up of high-profile experts across the domains of food science, innovation, communications, business, public health, and environmental sciences and includes:

Jury Chair, Dr. Ursula Hultkvist Bengtsson, Executive Vice Present, Medicon Village

Mr. Michiel Bakker, Director of Global Food Services, Google Inc. 

Prof. Ann Thrupp, Director, Berkeley Food Institute

Mr. Mark Beaumont, Project Director, Global Forum for Innovation in Agriculture

Gary Knell, CEO, National Geographic Society

Lotta Torner, CEO, Food Innovation Network

Finalists will be invited to the EAT Stockholm Food Forum, held this year on June 13–14 at the Clarion Hotel Sign in Sweden. The Forum is an invitation-only event for representatives from the global community of stakeholders in food, health, and sustainability to discuss the food roadmap to 2050, including specific goals and guidelines. Finalists will have the opportunity to present their submissions on stage at the forum. The prize for the GIA is US$25,000 which has been donated by the Mats Paulsson Foundation for Research, Innovation, and Societal Development.

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