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  1. 1.       What is the Nutreco Feed Tech Challenge?

The Nutreco Feed&Food Tech Challenge is an initiative by Nutreco to kick-start breakthrough solutions around the question ‘What is your breakthrough innovation – that CANNOT wait?’. The challenge is part of Nutreco’s continuous quest for innovation to help realise sustainable food production for a growing world population. The Nutreco Feed&Food Tech 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 validation trial in one of Nutreco’s research farms or one of our scientific partner's facilities

  1. 2.       How can I participate?

Everyone who is triggered by the challenge question and thinks they have a real breakthrough product or service at hand, is welcome to visit the platform and join the open innovation. Just register and start participating. 

Over a competition period of two months, contestants can participate on the 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.

  1. 3.       Can I participate without an idea?

Yes, you can. An important element to the Nutreco Feed&Food Tech Challenge is enrichment and feedback. If you have an interest and expertise in this area, you are more than welcome to participate by enriching the ideas that are submitted to the platform.

  1. 4.       Until when can I submit my ideas?

You can submit your ideas from 24 January to 20 March. 

  1. 5.       How does the process look like?

The Nutreco Feed&Food Tech Challenge is set up in such a way, that every contestant is a winner.

In the first phase from 24 January to 20 March, participants can submit their ideas. Entries receive valuable feedback and enrichment from industry experts and scientists. Best ideas will be invited to submit a business case. This last part of the online challenge is only open and visible to the start-up and the challenge team. The best fifteen will be invited to the finals in the Netherlands where an esteemed jury will select the winner. The winner gets a unique prize: a scientific validation trial, including an extensive validation report. This is the ultimate test of your innovation and will belong to you. The top 3 will get free tickets for the event.  

  1. 6.       How does Nutreco protect the intellectual property of those who submit ideas?

The Nutreco Feed&Food Tech Challenge is an open innovation platform, that is why you should not submit any confidential information. If you cannot submit your solution without disclosing confidential information, please contact me separately.

We will not ask you at any time to waive any rights you may have in relation to the submission, any IP rights and responsibilities will remain with you/ the inventor.

Please read the terms & conditions (specifically 17, 18, 19) before submitting your solution, they are also available at the Home page

  1. 7.       What if I have a concept that doesn’t fit into one of the themes?

The challenge is centered around the question ‘What is your breakthrough innovation – that CANNOT wait?’, the Nutreco Feed&Food Tech Challenge hopes to inspire start-ups with breakthrough innovations in the following three areas:

  • Alternative proteins for food
  • Aquaculture
  • Livestock farming

You can find detailed information on the themes here.

One of the conditions to pass to the next round is that it fits in one of these three areas. If your idea doesn’t fit into one of these themes, you will not pass to the second round. However, you can still post your idea on the platform, so that you can enjoy the enrichments by experts in the field.

  1. 8.       Are Nutreco employees allowed to participate in this Challenge?

They are allowed to participate on the platform and to submit ideas. However, they won’t pass to the second round and thus cannot win.

  1. 9.       Will Nutreco invest in my concept?

The winner receives a scientific validation trial, including a validation report. This is a high-value and rare opportunity and that is what this Nutreco Feed&Food Tech Challenge differentiates from most other start-up competitions.

Nutreco will not automatically invest in the concept. However, if we think your concept is interesting for us, we won’t hesitate to contact you.

  1. 10.   Who will judge my concept?

A challenge team, consisting of internal experts, is active on the platform and will comment, discuss and contribute to the different entries. Based on all entries, the team will select the 15 participants/proposals which will be invited to the 3-days selection event on 11-13 May

The 15 finalists will receive further feedback and training in pressure cooker sessions during the 3-day Nutreco Feed Tech Challenge Event oin the Netherlands (11-13 May).  The final winner will be selected by an international jury.

  1. 11.   I have a question about the challenge, who can I contact?

Please contact us at if you want to know more about the challenge.