FoodShot Global empowers bold ideas and innovative companies to accelerate the transformation to a healthy, sustainable and equitable food system. It is a collaborative investment platform of innovators, investors, industry leaders and advocates working to solve our biggest food system challenges. By connecting knowledge, networks and funding across private and public sectors, FoodShot creates scalable, impactful, and inspired solutions – MoonShots for Better Food. FoodShot’s integrated capital continuum includes the $500,000+ GroundBreaker Prize for researchers, early stage entrepreneurs, and policy advocates, as well as up to $10 million in equity or debt investment for winning for-profit businesses. Along with post-investment resources, FoodShot’s blended capital model empowers best-in-class entrepreneurs, researchers and advocates to transform the most critical food system challenges into opportunities for collaborative investment and meaningful change. This year’s Protein Challenge focuses on solving the global protein gap. With the population growing to 10 billion and the rise of the global middle class, protein demand will increase exponentially. There is an intensifying urgency to radically innovate the entire protein supply chain — including crops, seafood, meat, and the emerging sectors of alternative proteins like algae, mushrooms, and cell-based meat.
DUE Wednesday, October 23, 2019 – OR UNTIL FILLED.
First Quarter: Onsite experiential learning with FoodShot Global in New York
Start date flexible: following selection, join FoodShot Global for the first quarter in New York in Fall 2019 (including $7,500 travel and accommodation allowance).
Explore FoodShot Global’s strategic ecosystem and extensive network of assets in evaluatingand vetting competitive investment opportunities.
Learn what kind of companies and technologies are considered investable and engage withexpert consortium members to understand opportunities in food/agriculture innovation.
Gain invaluable knowledge about what investors look for in entrepreneurs.
Second Quarter: Transition back to UC Davis, splitting time between research and virtual engagement with FoodShot Global
At UC Davis: upon second quarter return to Davis, continue to support FoodShot Global efforts in evaluating startups and selecting investable ventures that address selected challenges inthe food system, as well as preparing publications that align with research conducted or areasof interest for private or public distribution.
The fellow will work closely with FoodShot Global staff through virtual means, but support is provided for regular in-person meetings as needed.
Third and Fourth Quarters: De-risking technology/product/process concept
The selection committee considers applications in accordance with the following criteria:
Resume doctoral research: for remaining two quarters, practice applying FoodShot Global’s learnings to conclude research activities, exploring the greatest impact and best route to market.
Enrich learning: through on-campus Entrepreneurship Academy and businessplan development, identify potential investors and research the target landscape.
Support from: monthly face-to-face meetings with the IIFH (virtual or in-person as needed).
In conclusion: provide a brief report on the results and impact of the fellowship, and present atthe annual Innovator Summit.