Plant-based foods for a growing world

We are at a unique point in history. By 2050, the world will need to feed nearly 10 billion people – one sixth of whom will be Indian. Global meat demand is expected to grow by 70% during that time. We don’t have enough land on earth, fish in the sea, or time left to continue producing food the way we do now.

Global Food Insecurity

Global Food Insecurity

Growing crops to feed them to farm animals inherently inefficient, driving up the price of grains and legumes and entrenching global poverty.

Environmental Degradation

Environmental Degradation

Conventional animal agriculture is a top contributor to climate change, water depletion and pollution, rainforest destruction, and loss of biodiversity.

Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic Resistance

The vast majority of antibiotics used are administered to farm animals. This is accelerating the evolution of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

What is the Smart Protein Sector?

Smart Protein Sector

Resource-intensive animal agriculture presents tremendous challenges of food insecurity, climate change, and public health risks including zoonotic disease - for producers and consumers alike. At the same time, malnutrition threatens our nation’s health security, and prevents our children from shaping their own destiny. Nourishing a growing world demands a paradigm shift, and feeding 10 billion people sustainably means giving producers and consumers viable alternatives - foods which provide the same satisfaction as conventional meat, eggs, and dairy, but better for human and planetary health.

With thousands of crores of investment and hundreds of companies around the world, plant-based foods are taking off, and creating thousands of jobs for talented, committed young people like you. These foods are meant to perfectly replicate the sensory and cultural experience of meat, eggs. and dairy, but are made from plant or crop ingredients - which means they use vastly less land and water, have vastly lower greenhouse gas emissions, and create vastly less risk to public health.

That’s protein, made smart. It’s one of our best bets to feed a growing world. But to get there, we need a generation of innovators - students, young professionals, and entrepreneurs from across science and business, with a passion for tackling big challenges, growing their skills for the 21st century food system, and building a more healthy, sustainable, and just protein supply.

If you have that passion,

the world’s first Smart Protein Innovation Challenge is for you.

Get Smart about Smart Protein.

Access world-first materials on the science, technology and business of creating delicious plant based meat, eggs and dairy products. Our educational videos, podcast episodes, panel discussions, market and state of industry reports, startup manuals and much more will get you ready to enter this sunrise sector. Get your understanding tested by continuous quiz assessments and a live leadership board for participants across India, and receive certification for your newfound knowledge.

Collaborate with peers, and access mentorship from world-leading experts.

Bring your transformative ideas and solutions to life by co-creating with your peers in team rounds by submitting ideation proposals rooted in science and business feasibility specific to the Indian Context. Incorporate feedback and suggestions from our experts through dedicated mentoring sessions and regular webinars to refine your thinking.

Compete with the best – and win big.

Up to 5 finalists across plant-based meat, egg, and dairy projects will be chosen to receive Rs 1 lakh each in prize money, and invited to present to investors and advisors on a Demo Day. Impress our panel with your pitch, and you could secure seed funding to launch your Smart Protein project as a startup!

Get hired by exciting Smart Protein companies.

All applicants will be added to the Good Food Institute’s Talent Database, viewed by plant-based meat, egg, and dairy companies in India and all over the world. The knowledge you gain through the Smart Protein Innovation Challenge will equip you to succeed in a sunrise sector poised to take off at breathtaking speed.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • This challenge has no application or entry fees. It is made possible due to the donors of The Good Food Institute India and the support of our key organizing partner Gastrotope.
  • The Challenge is focused on Indian Nationals, but we will allow participation on a case-by-case basis* from citizens of other countries who have been working in India and understand its landscape.
    * More details will be available in the registration form above, click on ‘Register Now’!
  • The target audience is students, young professionals, young scientists and researchers with a background in applied and basic sciences, engineering, technology, business, innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Applicants must be 28 years old or younger as of 1st August 2020.

Eligibility Criteria

  • This challenge has no application or entry fees. It is made possible due to the donors of The Good Food Institute India and the support of our key organizing partner Gastrotope.
  • The Challenge is focused on Indian Nationals, but we will allow participation on a case-by-case basis* from citizens of other countries who have been working in India and understand its landscape.
    * More details will be available in the registration form soon!
  • The target audience is students, young professionals, young scientists and researchers with a background in applied and basic sciences, engineering, technology, business, innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Applicants must be 28 years old or younger as of 1st August 2020.

Join the Future of Food

Express your interest below to stay in the loop!

Applications for The Smart Protein Innovation Challenge open on June 15, 2020. Stay Tuned!

You can also apply for The Smart Protein Campus Ambassador Program here! (Deadline is 14th June, 2020)

 

Supporting Partners

Supporting Partners