FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Please note that all the participants should register as individuals for Phase 1 and subsequently those who qualify phase 1 will get a week to create teams between the pool of all such qualified individuals to form a team. We will release more details about team composition, structure and more information about the networking week with participants some towards the end of July to the eligible participants. Read https://smartproteinchallenge.in/details/ carefully for understanding the whole journey!
As mentioned, this challenge is focused on getting Young Talent (students, early stage researchers and professionals working in the industry) to come up with Innovative solutions to the dire problems facing our current animal-derived sources of protein. We are sure that this young talent will certainly help more established entrepreneurs, corporations and universities looking to hire in this sector.
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 in the registration form, please click on Register Now on the home page. If you are a Non-Indian national or Indian Citizen overseas, who has been working in India and understand its landscape and food ecosystem in detail, please provide more context here in the registration form so that we can evaluate your entry to this challenge accordingly.
Globally in places like the US, EU, Israel, Asia Pacific, Brazil many young professionals and students from the fields of computer science, materials engineering, medical science, liberal arts etc. are contributing to this sector in various capacities.
An inclination to understand the problem facing our current sources of animal-derived foods, the metrics of evaluation criteria, and a rationale rooted in science, feasibility and logic, combined with a sheer well to improve the food systems is what would make you a successful smart protein innovator.
The hope is that you will create prototypes of your ideas through the resources available to you through our ecosystem, post the completion of the challenge.
Example – Your team will have to submit the primary proposal only focused on ‘Plant based Meat’ if it chooses that while submitting your team details.
Ensure that you study the resources in phase 1 diligently, create a diverse team capable of thinking about science and economic feasibility specific to Indian context.