Food IMPACT Challenge

A 10-week food IMPACT challenge to help food businesses accelerate their social or environmental impact.

Total of $30,000 CAD in available prizes for successful projects!

About the Challenge

The Food IMPACT Challenge is designed to guide entrepreneurs passionate about solving food-related obstacles in the categories of gender lens, food access or waste reduction. 

Food is a core part of all our lives. Many areas within the food supply chain—from production, processing, distribution, consumption and disposal—can be redesigned to be more inclusive of people and the planet.

Our vision with Food Innovation is to prioritize regeneration and sustainability within the food supply chain while minimizing any damage or exploitation. At Spring, we believe in using business as a force for good, and this Challenge is all about guiding food entrepreneurs through their own impact development.

During this 10-week Challenge, businesses will learn how to launch and scale a food innovation impact project and have an opportunity to pitch and win the top prize of $15K CAD. The Challenge includes a total of $30K available in funding, which will be distributed to the top three projects that pitch on demo day. Think of it as a hackathon for food entrepreneurs working to make the world a better place through their businesses.

From defining the problem to designing a solution and a plan to validate results, the Food IMPACT Challenge will support you at every step of the impact development journey. In the end, if successful, you’ll win prize money from Spring to invest in your initiative!

Your weekly sessions with the Spring team will teach you best practices, tools, and frameworks to help you gain confidence in seeking to grow a food innovation project.

Interested? Scroll down to learn about the program details and apply by August 19 at 11:59 pm PST.




"From defining the problem to designing a solution and a plan to validate results, you will be supported at every step of the impact development journey. In the end, if successful, you'll win prize-money from Spring to invest into your initiative!"

What You Will Learn

  • How to integrate or accelerate impact in your businesses while refining your impact thesis
  • About food innovation themes including Gender lens, Food Access and Food Waste
  • How you can start, launch and grow your food innovation projects
  • How to track and measure the impact your project creates to ensure outcomes are achieved
  • Successful applicants will receive prize funding to grow their projects ($30k in total available funding)

This Challenge Is Right for You If You

  • Are seeking to implement or accelerate an impact project at your business in at least ONE of the following categories:
    • Gender Lens | Supporting women within the food industry
    • Food Access | Increasing community access to food
    • Waste Reduction | Reducing food waste within the food supply chain at any stage
  • Have a food business (including but not limited to foodservice, consumer packaged goods, food-tech)

Join Our Upcoming Info Session

We’re excited to have Lucy Cullen, Food & Sustainability Program Manager at Spring deliver an info session on the Food IMPACT Challenge! Register now to learn more about what to expect, ask questions and get answered in real time. 

Details | June 15 at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET

Program Details

Format
  • 9 weekly interactive sprint sessions on Zoom – 90 minutes in length
  • Modules accessible via Spring’s online Learning Management System
  • Access to the Spring Community and network resources
  • Ongoing 1:1 support from the Food & Sustainability Program Manager and program advisors
 
Eligibility Criteria
  • Operating in Canada
  • Have been operating for minimum of 1 year
  • Food or food-centric businesses that is scalable
  • Launching or scaling an impact-focused project or initiative within existing business
    opportunities for your teams and suppliers
  • Can demonstrate proven traction in the market – Proven with demonstrated impact results, data, sales, customer testimonials
  • Alignment with at least 2 UN SDGs
  • Must have an idea of how you will measure, track and report impact of their proposed project
 
To Prepare Before You Apply
  • A brief description of your overall business
  • A brief description of the impact project you are looking to implement or accelerate within your existing business
    • Must be in line with at least ONE of the following categories:
      • Gender Lens | Supporting women within the food industry
      • Food Access | Increasing community access to food
      • Waste Reduction | Reducing food waste within the food supply chain at any stage
  • A brief outline of how you currently measure impact within your business
  • The UN SDG’s your project is aligned with (Must align with at least 2 SDG’s)
  • Your primary impact goal, impact thesis or impact outcomes
Cost to Participate in the Challenge
  • None

Questions? Contact lucy@spring.is

Ready to Apply?
We're looking forward to receiving your application!

🗓 Application Deadline | August 19 at 11:59 pm PST

Interested in Collaborating?

Mentorship, guest speaking, and sponsorship opportunities are available.

Are you looking to engage with up-and-coming entrepreneurs and become part of the growing food ecosystem in Canada? Join our network of mentors, guest speakers, and sponsors!

How you can get involved:

  • Deliver innovative content through a guest lecture
  • Work one-on-one with our entrepreneurs to help their businesses grow and thrive
  • Sponsor a session or a Demo Day prize
 
Contact Lucy Cullen at lucy@spring.is