Call for Applications: Nestlé R&D innovation challenge 2019 for Students in Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South-Africa
The R&D innovation challenge will take place in Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South-Africa. The goal is to work collaboratively with universities to identify sustainable and scalable science and technology solutions that help to accelerate the innovation of products that meet local consumer needs. The R&D innovation challenge calls for novel solutions across four areas: environmentally friendly packaging solutions, sustainable cocoa plantlets affordable nutrition and new routes to market.
REINVENTING FOOD DISTRIBUTION
How can your startup help us find innovative solutions to deliver efficiently our products in key neighbourhoods of African cities, taking into account specificities such as lack of road assigning system or informal distribution networks and wholesalers?
REINVENTING FOOD & BEVERAGE PACKAGING
Imagine a future where thanks to technology, packaging will not be an issue anymore for the planet, and where it will help improve the whole customer journey by giving key information from the nutrients composition of the food, to added value contents such as recipes, and instructions for its preparation. Does your startup have a technology that can help us create sustainable, smart and eco-friendly food packaging?
REINVENTING PLANT CONTAINER
Plantlet is the beginning of what will become incredible products consumed each day by millions of people. How can your solutions and services help us in the development of smart, cost competitive and sustainable solutions for growing and transporting cocoa plantlets thus, impacting positively the quality of the whole value chain.
REINVENTING MATERNAL NUTRITION
Every mom and mom to be deserves the right to have a quick access to affordable and quality maternal food. Is your startup specialised in FoodTech? How can you help us create affordable, tasty, high-density nutrients maternal food for every mom and mom to be?
- Team of 3 students
- Master level
Application Deadline: July 7, 2019
Illustration Photo: USCRG is a co-operative of around 800 farmers in Côte d’Ivoire that Nestlé has worked with since 2009 to develop improved farming practices and social conditions. Nestlé distributes around 30 000 plants a year and, together with ANADER, the National Extension Service for Rural Development, works with farmers to promote training in better farming practices that will increase the tonnage sourced. Since 2013, we have also built or refurbished eight schools, helping remove children from labour into education, while a gender action programme is helping to improve women’s income and give them a greater voice in the community. (credits: Nestlé / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))