Best Idea to Feed the World Wins $25,000

The Wilbur-Ellis Innovation Award invites student teams from U.S. colleges and universities to propose innovative approaches to providing food for a growing population.

Early Bird Gets the Worm

Register to participate by March 1st and earn your team 10 points!

About the Wilbur-Ellis Innovation Award

Wilbur-Ellis marked its 100th anniversary by launching the new “Wilbur-Ellis Innovation Award.” The award invites student teams from U.S. colleges and universities to propose new and better approaches for providing food for more people – a critical imperative, since the world population is expected to increase by 2 billon people by 2050.

The team that submits the best proposal will win $25,000 USD top prize, and up to four teams may receive $5,000 USD honorable mentions.

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How the Competition Works

Each member of a student team must register to participate in the Innovation Award competition. Registration is open now through the deadline for submitting proposals on Monday, May 2, 2022. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of relevance to the challenge (40%), creativity (30%), quality of thought reflected (20%), and potential to make an impact (10%).

Winners will be announced in June 2022, with $25,000 USD awarded to the team that submits the best proposal. $5,000 USD honorable mention awards may also be given.

In the first year, the award competition is open to U.S.-based student teams (undergraduate or graduate), with a goal of expanding to other countries in the future. To learn more, please read the Competition Guidelines and Rules. 

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Why Participate?

For students, the Innovation Award is a great opportunity to develop problem solving and team building skills, strengthen resumes for post-graduation job-hunting, and help solve a major challenge facing the world – feeding a growing global population.

In discussing the purpose of the Innovation Award, Buckley said: “We hope the award encourages young people to think creatively and bring forward promising new ideas. With this focus on feeding a growing population, the teams could explore improving crop yields, reducing food waste or making nutritious food available to all. Whatever it is, we want to encourage out-of-the-box thinking.”

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A Video Message From Wilbur-Ellis CEO John Buckley

Contact Us

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact:
Jeanne Forbis, Vice President, Communications 
(628) 224-3053

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Key Dates

Early Bird Registration:
March 1, 2022

Registration Ends:
April 4, 2022

Submission Deadline:
April 4, 2022

Winners Announced:
June 2022

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