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InnovateFood Challenge 2017

InnovateFood is an innovation conference taking place in Aarhus, Denmark. As part of the conference Danish Food Cluster and Foodjob Nordic are presenting the student Challenge; InnovateFood Challenge

InnovateFood Challenge is for students and graduates, and the case competition focuses on the increasing demand for better and healthier food.

In 2017 the Student Challenge included 6 company cases from Arla Foods, Chr. Hansen, InVALUABLE, Fermentationexperts, Tulip/ DC Ingredients and KMC. Each company had a team of five students with different educational backgrounds to make sure the team analyzed the case from a 36o degree perspective.

The event was held August 29th to September 1st 2017.

The Student Challenge Concept
It is open innovation at its best, giving the students the opportunity to work with real-life company challenges. 30 students working to solve the challenges and develop the future food concepts in close collaboration with the Danish food industry in just three days. During the challenge, the groups will receive constructive feedback from a coach representing the case company. On the final day the students will present their solutions in front of an exclusive panel of international experts, judges and industry professionals.

The Recruitment Process
Mads Kinch Clemmensen, head of the recruitment process and director of Foodjob Nordic explains; “It has been overwhelming to see so much talent joined for this event. All the students have been extremely motivated and have applied for this competition as an actual job position. We asked them to write a motivated cover letter, and tell us why food innovation is their passion and what they can contribute with in this type of innovation collaboration.”

And the 2017 Winner is…
The students worked intensely on their cases from Wednesday to Friday morning, where they presented their solution to the judging panel. The panel rated the students’ solution on five different criteria: creativity, potential, 360 perspective, strategic fit for the company and implementation. After to strong presentations and a thought-through concept, team Tulip/DC Ingredients was announced at the winning team!

“It has been very interesting to follow the considerations and reflections the students have had on the way in the process – and no doubt that there has been presented some new ideas during the three days. I’m very impressed with the students’ approach towards the case and also the many fields they have implicated in the whole project”, says Tina Roed Garza, Senior Manager in International Marketing & Bets in Tulip Food Company.

The team’s solution was a business plan and a prototype on how Tulip’s new snack for school children should look, taste and be marketed. The judging panel emphasized the many details the students had considered during the three days. They had considered the choice of processing of the product, a name for the new product, packaging and how the product could be marketed in stores and on social medias.

“We got a really exciting and interesting “out of the box” suggestion on how Tulip’s lunch box products with our meat proteins could look and be marketed as “Cool for School”, says Director of Technical Sales Morten Hoffmann Kyed from Danish Crown Ingredients.

All teams works tiredlessly and came up with innovative solutions to their challenges. Learn more about the cases and solutions here:

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