Future Agro Challenge Extended Until November

October 1, 2015

The Bermuda Economic Development Corporation announced that the Future Agro Challenge 2015 has now been extended until November and is extending a clarion call for Bermuda’s innovative entrepreneurs to submit ideas.

The BEDC said, “The Future Agro Challenge [FAC], founded and run by Industry Disruptors – Game Changers, is the Global Championship in Agro Innovation for a healthier tomorrow.

“It is the world championship for innovators, visionaries, and leaders who change our everyday life through farm, food, and lifestyle. FAC provides a platform unifying startups, investors, and other stakeholders. The FAC community focuses global awareness, innovation, and dialogue towards finding solutions for the global challenges ahead.

“This year marks the second year that the event will be featured in Bermuda and will now be held as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week celebrations in November. There is an opportunity to become the Bermuda champion of the Future Agro Challenge. The competition offers a unique opportunity to any notable agri-business idea to scale up and become a successful venture.

“The Bermuda National Winner will be selected and the name forwarded to Industry Disruptors – Game Changers [ID-GC] in Greece. ID-GC recently announced a change in the location of the finals to be held during the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in March 2016.

“Bermuda’s National Winner will be now flown to Medellin, Colombia to participate in the FAC Global Championship at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress [GEC] during March 14th to 17th 2016 www.gec.co. There, national winners from all participating countries will compete live in front of a judging committee to secure monetary and service prizes.

“Bermudians Connor Burns and E J Burrows of Bermuda Aerial Media [BAM] and its subsidiary company Skymatics were Bermuda’s National Winners in 2014 and brought home the top prize for the International Future Agro Challenge at Industry Disruptors 2014 in Athens, Greece, beating out 9 other countries.

Future Agro Challenge Flyer (NOV Update) - Sept30'15

Main categories for the 2015 competition are:

  • Evergreen Practices;
  • Nutrition and Health;
  • Agro Logistics;
  • Farmer Incomes;
  • Education;
  • Agro Tourism;
  • Safety & Health;
  • Packaging; and
  • Other.

“If your business idea provides innovation in farming business practices; upgrades education and training; transforms agricultural production into biological solutions; presents alternative uses of natural products; or provides new ways of addressing the importance of living healthy lifestyles, then you should apply.

“Interested entrepreneurs should visit here, take the challenge, and apply online. All applications must be received to the international website by Monday November 2nd 2015. All applications will be forwarded to Bermuda for review. Shortlisted finalists will present before a Bermuda Judging Panel on Monday November 9th 2015.

“One Social Media Award will be offered to the start-up that is most popular among all participating countries. The Social Media Award winner will present their idea live at the Global Championship along with the other finalists selected by the Global FAC team.

“For more information on this competition, please contact BEDC at info@bedc.bm or visit www.futureagrochallenge.com or www.bedc.bm.”

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