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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Students and Startups to Participate in an Accelerator Devoted to Food and Beverages

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Start-up Science-Based Open Innovation

Nestlé Information Technology - Nestlé Research and Development (R+D)


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #205016

Grant Description

Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International students and startups to participate in an accelerator program devoted to food and beverage products. The purpose of the opportunity is to generate innovative food and drink ideas addressing areas such as health, packaging, food supplements, and digital nutrition.

The Accelerator is looking for startup and student teams to submit innovations tackling the latest challenges in Food and Beverage. They support pioneering start-up companies that are developing disruptive science and technology-based solutions: be it food and beverage, food supplements, packaging, food systems, digital nutrition and health.

The Accelerator welcome any motivated start-up who wants to accelerate their idea to life, has background IP - be it “granted” or “in-making”, and is available to join them for 6 months for the full-time project. They will provide you with comprehensive expert support all along and dedicated resources to make it happen! 

The Accelerator brings together Nestlé scientists, students and start-ups to advance science and technology with the objective to accelerate the development of innovative products and systems. Internal, external or mixed teams are eligible to use dedicated hot desks at The Accelerator over a defined period of time. They have access to Nestlé’s R&D expertise and infrastructure, including shared labs, kitchens, bench-scale and pilot-scale equipment.

The Accelerator program is powered by Nestlé R&D and provides full access to their infrastructure; the expertise of their scientists and engineers, who are skilled in all food science & technology areas; plus, coaching and mentorship. Program participants will also receive a co-development fund for each innovation idea that is successfully selected. During the program, entrepreneurs have a chance to connect with and be guided by leaders, potentially opening-up additional opportunities for the future.

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Everyone is welcome! Any internal or external entrepreneur who is passionate about innovation, and who loves the art and magic behind food & beverage can join the R+D Accelerator program. You could be a Nestlé employee or an external entrepreneur; a student or a graduate; a startup with an innovative idea to bring to life, or someone who wants to grow their entrepreneurial skills. You must simply be over 18 years old.

Startups and student teams are eligible to apply.
A maximum of 3 people may be on a team.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: December 31, 2022

Applicants will need to complete one of the two submission forms: “Apply for a challenge” or “Join a venture”. Submission proposals should be written in English, as English will remain the main working language for all communications on the program.

Applicants may apply to several Accelerator locations at once. On the submission form they can select up to three Accelerators in various geographies, as per their preference or relevance to their experience. If the selection committee foresee other opportunities for them, they will be personally contacted to gain a better understanding of what they hope to gain from the experience.

About: https://rdaccelerator.nestle.com/about

FAQs: https://rdaccelerator.nestle.com/faq

Terms and Conditions: https://rdaccelerator.nestle.com/external-terms-and-conditions

To view a map of accelerator locations, see here: https://rdaccelerator.nestle.com/

Term of Contract:

6 months

Contact Information:

Application: https://rdaccelerator.nestle.com/open-challenges/19?modal=challengeDetailsModal

Contact form: https://rdaccelerator.nestle.com/contact-us?modal=contactUsModal

Société des Produits Nestlé SA, Av. Nestlé 55, 1800 Vevey, Switzerland

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