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Food, fibre and agritech challenge opens for 2023

The Food, Fibre and Agritech (FFA) Challenge 2023 is an eight-week pre-accelerator that aims to equip individuals and teams with a venture idea, research, or a non-commercialised product to develop viable solutions for the sector.

This year the challenge will focus on three areas:

What new food products or innovative fibre products can we create to grow the value of the sector?

Data and technology
What new data, process or technology solutions can we implement to improve the efficiency and output of the sector?

Environment and sustainability
What new commercial ideas or emerging research will have a beneficial impact on our environment or contribute to the sector’s sustainability goals?

Successful applicants will have access to:

  • A $30,000 cash prize pool and in-kind support.
  • High-quality coaching, mentoring and support through the pre-Accelerator Programme.
  • Access to key stakeholders and investors through the innovation ecosystem in Canterbury and nationally.
  • Finalists will present at the E Tipu IFAMA 2023 World Conference.

Previous participants of the Challenge speak highly of the value and connections it provides. Hear from Cameron Craigie on the difference it made to his business Clarospec below.

Clarospec - Food, fibre and agritech alumni

The programme is delivered by UC Centre for Entrepreneurship and supported by B.linc and KiwiNet.

Applications close on Tuesday 4 April.

Find out more and submit applications here.