Innovative ideas in the field of agri-food were presented by eight Slovak finalists
by SPU Web Editor
The EIT Food RIS INNOVATION PRIZES 2020 competition has its winners. The online finals of the prestigious startupist competition, organized as part of the EIT Food Hub project, took place on 10 July. Eight teams presented their innovative ideas in the agri-food sector.
The commission, composed of foreign experts, selected eight teams from the fifteen submitted applications, which made it to the finals. The presentation was attended by eight teams: Wizzi, Lokálny trh, Vratný obal, ekolive, EcoDish, QEHeC, Meating, Peelo. During the Demo Day, the finalists were evaluated by a jury consisting of three representatives from food and business practice from Slovakia.
Start-up entrepreneurs in the food and agricultural sector demonstrated their innovative ideas and fought for 5,000, 3,000 and 1,000 euros. This year, the audience also voted online, deciding on the amount of 2,000 euros.
The first prize went to young startups, who presented a project aimed at using agricultural residues for the production of compostable disposable tableware. It can be used as nutritious compost or animal feed after use. The aim of the project is to address the excessive use of disposable plastics and at the same time process unused plant material from agricultural and food production.
Second place got the idea of creating and developing an application that can track the date of food consumption in households.
The third place went to the team that presented the innovation for sustainable packaging production and the way packaging is used for a long time.
The audience liked the project called Local Market the most. Its authors designed a web portal that serves as a map and search engine for local Slovak food and beverages and an e-shop for products.