World-leading innovation happens here in Canterbury and we're looking to uncover more cutting-edge thinking with the annual Food, Fibre and Agritech Challenge. 24 exciting enterprise and research ventures were selected for the 8 week Accelerator programme.
At the Accelerator conclusion, the top 12 ventures presented on stage at the Showcase and Awards Ceremony at E Tipu: The Boma Agri Summit to win a share of $70,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. Congratulations to the winners! Media release here.
Overall winner: SuperPro ($10,000)
PwC Innovation Award: Autonabit – an autonomous robot for bird control, mowing and spraying in vineyards (in-kind services up to $5,000)
Grand prize: Carbonz – the first exchange for fully traceable, tradeable native New Zealand carbon credits ($15,000)
Runner up: Bambax – premium food packaging created from biodegradable wood fibre and biopolymers serving as an alternative to single use plastics ($10,000)
Grand prize: SuperPro – highly soluble and nutritional pea protein for the growing plant-based foods market ($15,000)
Runner up: Winealyse - a tool to enable winemakers to analyse wine quality fast and cost effectively, removing the need for lab tests ($10,000)
Problem statements from industry - we are challenging New Zealand innovators and change-makers to develop new innovative solutions that meet market demand by considering the following.
1. What innovative products and processes can we develop to increase the value, sustainability and competitiveness of New Zealand’s food and fibre sector? This could include high-value and alternative proteins, functional ingredients, bio-based products, or high-performance fibre
2. What solutions can we develop and implement to impact the sustainable food production, value-added product or forestry value chains? These solutions could be applicable to waste stream and the circular economy, technology/ data as an accelerator for agri business, nitrogen loss and water conservation, sustainable packaging, response to climate change, or emissions reduction and low carbon alternatives
3. What innovative research, idea or business venture can you present which will produce value-adding, high impact transformation in the food, fibre and agritech sector.