Saint Joseph’s College Will Host New England Food System Innovation Challenge

NEC member Saint Joseph’s College announced they will host the 2018 New England Food System Innovation Challenge in an effort to contribute solutions to the challenges facing the region’s food system.

Since 2015, the challenge has awarded 14 enterprise and college team participants with $35,000 in cash prizes and $15,000 in professional services. This year, college teams, which include groups from Saint Joseph’s College, Unity College, College of the Atlantic, and the University of Southern Maine, will be asked, “How might we create products, services, apps, or organizations that support the expansion of production, distribution, processing, and consumption of local, sustainably produced food and seafood?” Conversely, nine enterprise teams will face off by addressing the question, “How might we create new models of aggregation, distribution, and new products through innovative processing that adapt to local and regional needs, utilize technology, and are sustainable – both financially and ecologically – while offering a fair return to the farmer or fisherman at a fair price to the buyer, and minimizing their carbon footprint?” Judges will be looking for bold ideas that create models that adapt to local and regional needs, utilize technology, and test creative business structures.

The NEC congratulates Saint Joseph’s College on another year of hosting this exciting event, and thanks them for working to find solutions to the challenges that face New England’s food system.

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