Deadline: 6 August 2018
Open to: students and young professionals
Award: funds of USD 15000 and a fully funded trip to India


An elevator pitch is a critical part of the entrepreneurial process. As competition for research and investment funds increases, young scientists need to effectively articulate their idea and do so in a manner that is persuasive and precise. Sight and Life Foundation developed a platform for organizing an elevator pitch contest (EPC) on disruptive ideas to stimulate networks and dialogue, especially among innovators.

The Elevator Pitch Contest’s goal is to identify and support such projects that can be implemented and produce a meaningful impact in the short term.

To stimulate innovation from different fields, the contest will have two categories:

  • Non-food category: Aimed at finding an alternative, non-food solutions to keep aflatoxin-contaminated foods and feeds out of the food system
  • Food category: Aimed at identifying solutions to eliminate or reduce exposure to aflatoxins from foods and feeds


Students and young professionals who graduated in the last five years are allowed to apply.


Three finalists from each category will win a trip (round trip and accommodation) to Mumbai to participate in the 19th World Congress of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST, October 23-28, 2018) and pitch their idea to a panel of experts and potential investors. The winner in each category will receive seed funds of USD 15000 to further develop the idea.

How to apply?

In order to apply, please fill the application form.

For more information, please visit the official web page.



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