USA Pavilion 2015: USA Pavilion presents Feeding the Accelerator
The USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 is calling on entrepreneurs looking to change the world of food! Feeding the Accelerator, a unique program by the USA Pavilion curated by Atelier Slice and supported by Microsoft Corporation, launches the online application process today with a pitch competition at Seeds & Chips in Milan, an event that brings together innovators, companies and investors eager to revolutionize how food is produced, distributed, consumed and depicted.
“As an entrepreneur who has spent the last several decades in Silicon Valley, I understand how critical innovation and technology are when it comes to meeting the challenge of feeding more than nine billion by 2050,” said Doug Hickey, USA Pavilion Commissioner General. “Our Accelerator program will play an essential role in uncovering the ideas and people needed to tackle this global food issue.”
The winning team from today’s pitch competition automatically enters the Feeding the Accelerator review process, bringing them one step closer to this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete and collaborate during Expo Milano 2015, the largest gathering of food system experts and investors in history.
“We are proud to contribute to this project with the USA Pavilion by offering our technological know-how and our organization expertise to develop a winning initiative able to boost the creativity of young people and entrepreneurs,” notes Fabio Santini, Developer Experience and Evangelism at Microsoft Italy. “We believe that innovation is a must-have lever to allow the food industry to grow and successfully cope with the current food challenges. That’s why we’re committed to coach these teams and to empower them with new technologies able to turn their ideas into reality.”
Feeding the Accelerator is the chance to incubate pioneering solutions to global food challenges and gives the world an opportunity to witness American collaboration at work. The Accelerator will help 8-12 rising food-tech stars reach their full potential through a series of workshops, seminars, lectures and discussions with guest lecturers and mentors from across the entire food system spectrum. In addition, teams will compete in 36-hour hackathons, racing to create new, network-based solutions to specific food and technology problems. The Accelerator will also run a virtual bootstrapping program for the selected teams from July through August plus a physical Accelerator during September in Milan. The program is to be hosted in a workspace by Copernico, a cutting-edge technology hub in Milan inspired by Silicon Valley.
The ideal Accelerator applicant team works at the intersection of food and technology with a groundbreaking concept or assets, a significant X-factor and existing traction with the potential for rapid impact on a global scale. Participating teams will bear the cost of their travel, but the program is free for selected teams and Feeding the Accelerator will take no equity.
Think your team has an innovative food and technology idea ripe for Feeding the Accelerator? Click here to apply!