Australia AID/USAID Launch Food Innovation Challenge 2016 for Innovators Worldwide.

Application Deadline: December 7, 2016 (Pacific Standard Time)

In partnership with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and a broad cross-sector network of key opinion leaders and industry players, LAUNCH is taking a people-centred approach to action across the whole of the food system. This call for innovations was developed through consultation with industry, government, and civil society from the Pacific Islands, Australia, the United States, Europe, and beyond.

AUNCH is looking for a balanced portfolio of innovations (game-changing early stage prototypes) and solutions (post-pilot solutions with the potential to scale within 2 years) that address supply, demand, or both, but offer impact at the level of an individual’s personal consumption. We are open to solutions that address any point in an individual’s life journey, from birth on.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The challenge is open for anyone to apply. Responses from academics, companies (small or large), entrepreneurs, inventors, non profit organisations, research institutions, national laboratories, government agencies, social enterprises and funders are welcome.
  • Cross-discipline and cross-geography teams are highly encouraged to apply. ‘Innovations’ may be at the stage of functional prototype up to market-ready solutions.
  • Applicants ready to be supported by industry partners or ready to scale will receive the most benefit from the LAUNCH experience.


Specifically, innovators will receive:

  • An all-expenses-paid trip to attend the LAUNCH Forum in March 2017 for one member of your team (venue to be confirmed).

  • Assistance with articulating a compelling narrative and growth strategy to create a concise, high-impact presentation, which will be streamed live during the Forum and recorded for future use.

  • Ongoing acceleration support, leveraging the LAUNCH network to unlock opportunities.

  • Public recognition from LAUNCH and its partner organisations.

  • Media and public relations training and exposure, including a professional video of your innovation story, which will be featured on

  • Continued engagement with, and access to, the LAUNCH network beyond this challenge cycle.

No cash prize will be awarded.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Australia AID/USAID Launch Food Innovation Challenge 2016


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