Swiss Food Ecosystem is one of 12 NTN initiatives powered by Innosuisse.
Financial and dedicated support of the program aims at radically innovative Ideas.
Cluster Food & Nutrition and Swiss Food Research join forces in the Suisse Agro Food Leadinghouse
Through open innovation tools like design thinking, ideas transform into prototypes.
NTN Innovation Boosters powered by Innosuisse are initiatives that aim to spur innovation activities through concrete ideas development and testing. NTN Innovation Boosters foster a culture of open innovation. Their activities are open to all Swiss actors who are interested. Knowledge transfer between research, business and society and foster cooperation with partners along the entire value chain of a theme. In doing so, they create sustainable competitive advantages for Swiss SMEs in particular. For the period 2021-2024 a total funding 21.3 million Swiss francs is budgeted to enhance 600 novel innovation ideas and 100 radical follow-up projects out of 12 NTNs.
Processing technologies are highly developed and we have lots of products available, requiring sophisticated processing steps. The question that arises – could we do things simpler? Could we apply technologies & methods that work also with complex matrices and do not require highly refined ingredients? That would lower the effort along the entire chain, safe energy & costs, and may provide more healthy, more nutritious, and sustainable food.
Buzzwords are: NOVA classifications, YUKA & SIGA Apps., fermentation, alternative proteins, whole crop, fungi
An ongoing process supports the emergence of innovative ideas, solutions and teams.
> Ideas can be awarded with CHF 1’000
Implementing agile tools and human-centered design methodologies. Teaming up with interdisciplinary partners. Prototype and validate with final users.
> winners are awarded with up to CHF 20’000 and further mentoring hours
The innobooster aims to bring a diverse group of people together in order to work on complex challenges that require a wide range of competences. Thus, it is addressed to all parties such as students, research institutes, companies (Start-ups, SME’s, corporates, …)
Yes, all types of innovation are welcome. Eligibility criteria: The teams going through the workshops (exploration phase) have to be members of one of the networks – Cluster Food & Nutrition or Swiss Food Research.
Value is only generated if companies and research groups actively participate and manage to develop ideas further leading to projects and products. We provide the platform and support this process at our best.