Are you interested in getting involved in entrepreneurship? Do you have a novel idea or application in Food Security that would transform the lives of many people?
Kickstart your entrepreneurial career and start developing your venture at the next Venture Creation Weekend on 15-17 March 2019 at Cambridge Judge Business School. It’s a chance to test your business idea ideas relevant to food security, build a team and pitch to investors within 50 hours!
Our current food system is under pressure to change. While one in eight people suffers from malnutrition, one third of the food produced in the world goes to waste. Meanwhile, the population continues to increase and the climate conditions for crop plants are changing.
Food security, as explained by the World Food Programme, is about the “availability and adequate access at all times to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”. In practice this means that a vast range of parties are stakeholders. It ranges from those creating policies to those researching and creating the latest biotechnology in labs to entrepreneurs creating innovative ventures which tackle the wide range of problems facing the world.
For this Venture Creation Weekend we recommend that participants focus on six key areas of Food Security:
- Supply chain management
- Food waste
- Consumer behaviour
- Food biotechnology
- Agrigenomics application (i.e. food safety and conservation)
Who can participate in the Food Security VCW?
- Researchers, postdocs, PhD students, entrepreneurs, professionals and students who work on ideas related to food security, in particular the fields mentioned above.
- Everyone else who may not have a food security related venture idea but can contribute to business development, market research or in any other way and work as a part of the team.
- Those who want to get inspired and learn how to start their venture.
Why attend the Food Security Venture Creation Weekend?
It’s a chance to create, test and validate your food security venture idea or application with industry experts. You can get inspiration from your peers and mentors, learn the basics of building a business and how to collaborate with others in a team environment. Some of you can go ‘founder-dating’, i.e. use the weekend to match up with one or more co-founders for your business. All participants will work together in teams on customer development, business models, pitching practice and building product prototypes (where appropriate). The most popular ideas are pitched to a panel of judges formed of industry leaders and investors who can provide expert feedback and analysis.
At the end of the VCW, you will have developed your entrepreneurial skills, kick-started your venture, enjoyed the buzz of exploring and creating ideas; and potentially be ready to launch your business together with a talented team.
In addition, one or more of the participating teams will be invited for an interview to join our Accelerate Cambridge incubator programme delivered by the CJBS Entrepreneurship Centre. Please note that successful application is dependent on whether the team meets the selection criteria.
When is it?
The Innovation in Food Security VCW starts promptly at 18:00 on Friday 15 March (registrations from 17:30) and ends at 19:00 on Sunday 17 March.
The exact dates and times are:
Fri 15 March 2019, 18:00-23:00
Sat 16 March 2019, 08:30-23:00
Sun 17 March 2019, 08:30-19:00 (followed by a dinner* from 19:00 to close)
* Please note there is a special closing dinner following the final pitches to celebrate the achievements of the weekend.
The venue is Cambridge Judge Business School, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1AG.
What is the VCW like?
Watch our video including views and comments from participants of the DisruptEd VCW – Exploring Emerging Technology for Education, March 2017.