2016 Maine Food System Innovation Challenge
What is needed: Sustainable business models (both financial and ecological) offering a fair return to the farmer or fisherman at a fair price to the buyer, while minimizing their carbon footprint.
Participants Track 1: Early stage and pre-launch enterprises in Maine that are creating products or services that benefit the Maine Food System.
Challenge for Track 1: How might we either significantly enhance current models of the aggregation, processing and distribution of locally produced food and harvested fish - such as farmers markets, fish markets, CSAs, pick-your-own and farm-stands or create new models that adapt to local and regional needs, utilize technology and adopt creative business structures such as cooperatives, enterprising non-profits and L3Cs and are sustainable - both financial and ecological - offering a fair return to the farmer or fisherman at a fair price to the buyer, while minimizing their carbon footprint.
Participants Track 2: Student teams from New England Colleges.
Challenge for Track 2: How might we reduce food waste in the New England? Current data suggest we waste 40% of all food in the production, harvesting, processing selling and consuming cycle. Reducing food waste has possibility of providing high quality food to more people and reducing the carbon footprint of the food system.
Agenda for the Challenge Weekend:
Friday: Welcome, dinner and workshop
Saturday: Both tracks will participate in workshops, consultation with resource people, modify their enterprise plans and work on their pitch from 8:30 a.m to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday: Student Track will make their pitch to judges Sunday morning and Enterprise Track will pitch in the afternoon.
Sunday Afternoon: Keynote Speaker (Judges deliberate during this time)
Sunday Evening: Winners announced, followed by a social gathering from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Check out the 2016 Maine Food System Innovation Challenge website for more information!