Seeding the Future
Student Innovation Challenge 2021-2022

Seeding The Future

Student Innovation Challenge

The Food & Nutrition Innovation Institute is the home for an array of activities that the Friedman School has built upon after prioritizing discovery and innovation in our School’s strategic plan. From gatherings of entrepreneurs and experts to career fairs and competitions; we’re building a truly unique group who can navigate the complexities of the food system and find new ways of working.

Challenge Overview

The purpose of the student challenge is to identify areas of opportunity to create a more sustainable food system. Students will develop innovative, multidisciplinary, and scalable approaches to sustainably improving the world’s food supply and to reduce chronic hunger for 1 billion people.

This challenge is open to each school at Tufts University and highly encourages cross-discipline collaboration. This challenge is meant to take a long-term approach and students should be able to commit time to the project over the course of an academic year. The process will include access to professor and industry mentorship, funding for a trip to a site visit in order to gain perspective and test idea viability, and a final pitch to further their proposals.

The Challenge

In conjunction with the UN Food Summit, the purpose of the student challenge is to identify areas of opportunity to create a more sustainable food system. Teams of students are challenged to “feed the next billion” by identifying areas of opportunity and/or creating solutions within the food system. This challenge is open to all Tufts University students and highly encourages cross-discipline collaboration. This challenge is meant to take a long-term approach and students should be able to commit time to the project over the course of an academic year. The process will include access to professor and industry mentorship, funding for an on-site visit for students to gain perspective and test idea viability, and a final pitch to further their proposals.

Seeding the Future

Started by Dr. Bernhard van Lengerich, Seeding the Future (STF) is looking to feed “the next billion” by supporting robust and scalable solutions with the highest long-term impact.

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Dr. Berhard van Lengerich

Bernhard completed his Doctorate Degree (Dr.-Ing.) in Food/Biotechnology at the University of Berlin, Germany. His work experienceincludes Unilever Germany, RJR Nabisco, and Buehler AG in Switzerland. In 1994 Bernhard joined General Mills, Inc. in Minneapolis and was Chief Science Officer and Vice President for Technology Strategy. He led the development of key enabling technologiesresulting in major product innovations. Bernhard authored/co-authored over 160 patents and patent applications, established a Game Changer program and created a novel ‘Cashless Venturing’ initiative, enabling faster and more disruptive innovations. Under the Obama Administration, he was an invited participant at the White House Office for Science and Technology Policy for discussions on global protein security. Bernhard retired in 2015 after more than 20 years with General Mills and serves now as a Board Member at several organizations in the US and Europe.

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Contact

Feel free to contact us with any questions
Katie Stebbins
Katie Stebbins
Executive Director, Food and Nutrition Innovation Institute

Morgan Springer
Program Coordinator, Seeding the Future Student Challenge

Interest Form

This is an initial interest form. A formal application will come later.