Applications for Good Food Makers, the global accelerator for innovative food startups that aims to foster the development of new sustainable food solutions, are open until July 22 at https://www.plugandplaytechcenter.com/milan/good-food-makers/. For 2022, innovative ideas are sought in four areas:
AgroTech: innovative solutions to improve agricultural practices and the management of quality and food safety (e.g., robotics, drones, monitoring systems, digital intelligence, AI data analytics);
Products and services: Solutions for upgrading pasta packaging;
Sustainable production: using artificial intelligence systems to reduce energy consumption;
Technological innovation: focusing on pasta drying and baking to improve efficiency and quality and/or to create new sensory characteristics.
"Good Food Makers" is now in its fourth year. Barilla aims to support innovative food makers and encourage the development of new sustainable food solutions. The selected startups participate in an eight-week program where they can develop and test new ideas side by side with Barilla's top managers, in line with the vision of the company, which has been dedicated to producing tasty, high-quality food for 145 years.
To support the joint development project to be implemented during the acceleration program, the four selected startups will receive $10,000 in funding and the opportunity to continue collaborating with the Barilla Group in the future.
In four years, Good Food Makers has attracted more than 400 startups as participants and more than 100 top Barilla executives have participated in the projects so far. The winning startups have had the opportunity to further develop their ideas with the company's managers, testing and validating the solutions to the challenges they face. This year, the partnership with Plug and Play, the largest open innovation platform in the world, will further strengthen the ability to reach the best agro-tech and food-tech startups.
Good Food Makers is part of the Barilla Group's commitment to innovation leadership in the food sector, for example with niche solutions such as pasta and cookies made from legume flour or pasta produced using 3D printing. Since 2017, the Barilla Group has also been active in the food tech startup ecosystem through Blu 1877, its venture capital vehicle, which was recently integrated into Barilla with the creation of Blu Future. This business unit is dedicated to innovative projects and supports new business ideas in the food sector. In this way, the company aims to make its contribution to environmental protection and a better quality of life today and for future generations.