Fruit & Tech Innovation Award

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On October 14, 2021, the very first presentation of the Fruit Tech Campus Fruit & Tech innovation award will take place. This first edition is all about international innovation in the field of #fruit, #technology and #data. Therefore, the theme for this years award is Technovation for Next Level Fruit!

The presentation of this first Fruit & Tech innovation award is powered by the Topsector Tuinbouw & Uitgangsmaterialen.

Technovation for Next Level Fruit

Sustainability, health, circularity, biodiversity, energy, water, labour, the food crisis and a lack of appreciation are all challenges in the fruit sector that require a new way of working. Companies are growing which means they need more technical support and management automation. Moreover, a combination of low economic results and high labour costs creates a demand for affordable technological solutions and there is a greater need for technological resources by the temporary workers requested. Companies in the fruit sector also have to deal with extensive environmental requirements regarding resources, energy and water consumption. Technological innovation is therefore essential for the future of fruit. Technovation for next level fruit is therefore the central theme of the submissions for the Fruit & Tech innovation award.

For the award we are looking for companies that are working on technovations (TRL Level 6-plus) that are:

  • Shaping the Future of Top Fruit (Apples, Pears, Plums or Cherries) or Soft Fruit (Red Currants, Black Currants, Blackberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, and other kind of Berries) for growers or SMEs;
  • In the field of fruit breeding, cultivation, storage, sort & pack, trade or contributing to an integral supply chain;
  • Contributing to the four routes from the cultivation innovation roadmap of the Fruitvooruit.nl platform: healthy CROPS, in vital SOIL, for a future-proof COMPANY with care for the ENVIRONMENT or contributing to a vital CHAIN.

Time Schedule

  • 1 JULY: Press announcement and opening registration
  • 1 SEPTEMBER: Registration deadline
  • 1 SEPTEMBER – 12 SEPTEMBER: Jury nominations
  • 12 SEPTEMBER: Publication top 5 jury nominations
  • 13 SEPTEMBER – 10 OCTOBER: Public voting
  • 14 OCTOBER: Dutch Food Week – FTC Business Inspiration Network

Jury

As the theme of this first Fruit & Tech Innovation Award is Technovation for Next Level Fruit, the Fruit Tech Campus deploys a next generation jury to assess the applications. View all judges here.

Prize

The presentation of this first Fruit & Tech innovation award is powered by the Topsector Tuinbouw & Uitgangsmaterialen. The top 3 teams receive time to pitch their technovation (live or online) at the Fruit Tech Campus Business Inspiration Network on 14 October 2021. Additionally, the winning team receives:

  • A cash prize of €2500;
  • A free education partner membership of the Fruit Tech Campus for three year (to the value of ±€10.000 per year). This includes:
    • A showcase for your technovation in the Orchard of the Future;
    • Free access to the Fruit Tech Campus business network;
    • Your company as an education partner on the Innocation Hub Partner Wall;
    • Active partnership in education activities.
  • Support of all the Fruit Tech Campus innocation partners in the further development of your technovation.

In addition to the jury prize, a public prize will be awarded:

  • A cash prize of €1000;
  • A free demonstrator partner membership of the Fruit Tech Campus for three year (to the value of €500 per year). This includes:
    • A showcase for your technovation in the Orchard of the Future;
    • Free access to the Fruit Tech Campus business network.

Award ceremony

The award will be presented during the FTC Business Inspiration Network on October 14 at Mariënwaerdt. An expert jury will judge the entries and choose three finalists to pitch on the business inspiration network. The jury and the public will then announce the winner.