FEED, together with its partners, is proud to announce the winner and runner-up of the inaugural Inqola FEED Innovation Prize, selected from an initial pool of 150 interested parties and a final list of 30 submitted entries. The Prize was created to highlight ideas and solutions that have the potential to create meaningful impact in the food system in South Africa. This is even more urgent given the severe stresses placed on the food system (and resultant knock-on effect on the country) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For this inaugural round, the Prize focused specifically on internet-based solutions that would have the ability to scale rapidly.
The winning entries were selected based on 5 overarching thematic areas; namely Local Economies, Circularity, Supply Chains, Agroecology, and Capacity Building. Entries were broken down into evaluation areas covering Strategy, Innovation, Systems Thinking, Collaboration, Inclusivity, and Impact. Entries had to have a registered entity in South Africa in order to enter.
“We are seeing tremendous interest from technology teams looking to make a meaningful impact in the food system in South Africa. This is good news for the country,” says Kevin Naidoo, FEED Co-Founder.
The winners of the Inqola FEED Innovation Prize are:-
“The Prize process has shown just how many innovative ideas are out there. This energy must be harnessed for food system change,” according to Nicola Coundourakis, FEED Co-Founder.
The winner walks away with R100,000 in prize money, with the runner-up receiving R50,000. FEED and its partners look forward to engaging with both teams in assisting in taking the solutions forward.
The Prize was launched in partnership with the Simanye Trust, Southern Africa Food Lab, iZindaba Zokudla, Seriti Institute, UJ-PEETS and Food For Mzansi, who have all come together with the belief that the solutions to issues with the food system in South Africa exist within the country.
Find out more about the Prize here:
Inqola FEED Innovation Prize