The Friedman Prize

The 2021 Competition

In 2021, teams are invited to compete for The Friedman Food & Nutrition Innovation $10k Prize through the Gordon Institute's $100k New Ventures Competition.

The Friedman Food & Nutrition Innovation $10k Prize, sponsored by the Tufts Food & Nutrition Innovation Institute, is a $10k prize awarded at the Tufts $100k Entrepreneurship Competition. For 2021, qualifying teams entering the Tufts $100k will be invited to also compete for the Friedman Food & Nutrition Innovation $10k Prize. This prize will be considered for any competing venture that focuses specifically on food and nutrition and creatively tackles the numerous opportunities and challenges related to the nutrition economy. We encourage diverse and creative submissions and interdisciplinary teams.

Register now to attend the competition events!

Register to attend the Semi-Finals: March 19th
Register to attend the Finals: April 9

2021 Friedman Prize Screeners & Judges

General Guidelines for Competition Entries:

  • The entry must involve a technology, product, service, or process aimed at solving a problem related to food and nutrition.
  • A team must be comprised of at least one Tufts’ student, faculty, staff or alum (alums must have graduated 5 years ago or less to qualify).
  • At least one presenter from the team must be available to attend a virtual semi-final pitch event in March and a virtual final pitch event in April 2021.
  • Teams are not eligible to participate if they have secured investment funding in the form of “friends and family”, pre-seed, angel or venture capital funding of more than $250K.
  • Entering teams must be prepared to provide documentation to validate any claims that are made concerning the intellectual property (IP) underlying their business plans, including any claims concerning the licensing of third-party IP. Entries should be made with the full understanding of Tufts regulations on IP Rights.
  • Companies at all stages are welcome to apply; however, winners of the prize should be able to demonstrate the potential to take their innovation to market within a time horizon of ~5 years.
  • Prize payments are treated as income by Tufts and the IRS, regardless of whether the payment is made to an individual or a company. Non-U.S. citizens are taxed on their prize money at a rate of 30%, which is withheld from their prize checks.

Competition Preparation Workshops:

Prepare your team for the Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition, featuring the new Friedman Food & Nutrition Innovation $10k+ Prize!

The Tufts Entrepreneurship Center will host weekly Wednesday Jumbo Café workshops focused on the essentials for entrepreneurship and competition preparation, and the Friedman School’s Nourish Cafe will host food and nutrition-oriented partner workshops each Thursday.  If you want to be competitive in the $100k Competition and/or the Friedman Innovation Prize, we strongly recommend that you attend the workshops to gain insights, knowledge, and tips to succeed in your pitches!

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Read more about the 2020 competing teams below and get updates on the progress of our past winners!

1st Place Winner - Sacramento Valley Food Hub

Sacramento Valley Food Hub

Congratulations to The Sacramento Valley Food Hub! They won both first prize and the audience choice prize in the competition. The Sacramento Valley Food Hub is an innovative food distribution platform that connects small, beginning farmers with institutional customers.

Team Members

  • Jacob Weiss
  • Cyrena Thibodeau
  • Emily Moschowits
  • Erin Havens
  • Brennan Havens

Farewell

Farewell

The compost bin, re-designed for city-dwellers. Through thoughtfully designed products for small spaces and busy schedules, Farewell makes it easy for urban residents to live a low-impact lifestyle.

Team Members

  • Julie Sanduski
  • Jennifer Sanduski

Notemeal

Notemeal

Notemeal is a software platform built for performance dietitians to optimize athlete nutrition.

Team Members

  • Sean Harrington
  • Kevin Kusch

Sea Dragon Aquaculture Farm

Sea Dragon Aquaculture Farm

Sea Dragon Farm is a shrimp aquaculture facility utilizing a unique biofloc technology to sustainably grow organic shrimp. Our recirculating system reduces water consumption and environmental contamination to produce a healthy product currently not available in Massachusetts.

Team Members

  • Benjamin Sawicki

The Swap Truck

The Swap Truck

We’re hitting the streets with The Swap Truck—a truck that brings nutritious and affordable alternatives to communities. Imagine if instead of a sea of high-sugar snacks + beverages, there was mobile, healthy, and affordable convenience in your neighborhood or school. #MaketheSwap

Team Members

  • Alexis Babaian, Friedman Alum, FANPP, 2020
  • Hannah Macfarlane
  • Erin Hennessy, PhD
  • Christina Economos, PhD

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