Nutrients for All: Vitality for People and the Planet
Winners Announced! Competition Judges have selected eight winners among the 21 competition finalists. Three grand prize winners will each receive $10,000 US in prize money. Five Runners-Up will each receive $3,000 US.
Grand Prize Winners
- Pioneering sustainable change in addressing malnutrition globally
- Small Scale Food Fortification at the Village Level
- Tudabujja: Teaching Farming Skills to Street Children in Uganda
- Urban Farming Reimagined: Creating Large-Scale Distribution Opportunities for Micro-Sized Farms
- Kuli Kuli
- The Green Cuisine Project: transforming organic produce and generating income
- Food & Trees for Africa - Food Gardens for Africa Programme
- Stockbox Neighborhood Grocery, where neighbors and good food meet
As a reminder, all entrants have been provided narrative comments and a baseline comparison on their feedback dashboard. Whether you're embarking on the next stage of the competition, or looking to optimize your project page, be sure to consider these personalized comments.
Ashoka’s Nutrients for All and Ashoka Changemakers have been seeking innovative solutions that will ensure the availability of nutrients for healthy, natural ecosystems, farms, food, and people. Entrants were competing for a chance to win a total of $45,000 in cash prizes generously offered by the Lemelson Foundation and Aberdare Ventures, among others.
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Dear Changemakers community,
The environment, farms, food, and our health and prosperity are inextricably linked by nutrients. The nutrient value chain—the generation and flow of nutrients from the environment to soils, farms, food, and people—creates wellness and vitality for people and the planet.
Healthy environments, by generating and cycling essential nutrients, directly impact the quality and productivity of our agricultural systems. Nutrient-rich agriculture is driven by empowered farmers who manage soils and nutrient cycles intelligently and thereby produce full-nourishment foods. Full-nourishment foods provide bioavailable nutrients that are critical to childhood development, disease resistance, and human performance and vitality. Fully nourished human beings create healthy and prosperous societies and economies.
However, the nutrient value chain is broken. Degraded ecosystems cannot generate and cycle nutrients, nor provide the carbon sequestration, clean water, and biodiversity that our food systems depend on. Unsustainable agricultural practices are accelerating the degradation of the environment, loss of croplands, and reduction in nutrient content of our food. Nutrient-rich foods have also become less accessible to people because of their high cost and processing techniques that prioritize shelf-life and profit margins over nutrient content. Finally, nutrient-related illnesses such as stunting of growth in childhood, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and a host of infectious diseases are debilitating societies and economies around the world.
We need solutions that help strengthen the nutrient value chain and ensure that nutrients are available for healthy, natural ecosystems, farms, food, and people. To discover these solutions, Ashoka’s Nutrients for All and Ashoka Changemakers have launched a new competition: Nutrients for All: Vitality for People and the Planet.
We want to hear your ideas for solving this challenge. A total of $45,000 in unrestricted funding is available for winning solutions. Your participation in the competition connects you to a community of action that includes like-minded innovators, impact partners, sector experts, and potential investors.
We are seeking solutions related to:
- Healthy environment (natural ecosystems, soils)
- Nutrient-rich farming (agricultural techniques, supporting farmers)
- Full-nourishment foods (processing, distribution, markets)
- Wellness and vitality (human nutrition, health systems, consumer awareness)
There is a tremendous opportunity today to build solutions—and a new market for products, tools, and programs—that leverage the beneficial power of nutrients. All sectors share nutrients as a common, vital thread. Whether we focus on ecology, farms, food, health, business, or beyond, it is clear that nutrients are a 21st century pathway to health, vitality, security, and prosperity.
Let’s solve some of the world’s greatest challenges by making nutrients available for all. Submit or nominate a solution today, and become part of the movement to create vitality for people and the planet.
Competition Guidelines, Criteria & Prizes
- The competition is open to all organizations and partnerships from around the world.
- Solutions should reflect the theme of the challenge — Nutrients For All: Vitality for People and the Planet —and engage in activities that help ensure the availability of nutrients for healthy natural ecosystems, farms, food, and people.
- Preference will be given to solutions that have grown beyond the conceptual stage and have demonstrated impact and sustainability.
- We are accepting your entry in English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French.
- Up to $45,000 in unrestricted funding to boost your project.
- Early Entry Prize: One of two cash prizes of US $500 and an opportunity to participate in the Ashoka Globalizer conference in Frankfurt, Germany on June 3-4. At the conference, early entry prize winners will have the opportunity to discuss their solutions with Ashoka and a high profile group of executives in attendance. (To be eligible, you must submit your entry prior to the May 15, 2013 early entry prize deadline.)
- Special Focus Prizes
- NetSuite.org is pleased to offer their cloud business management software, a $44,000/year value, as a prize to innovators who are ready to scale their social enterprises and take their impact on the nutrient value chain to the next level.
Why You Should Enter
- A chance to win!
- Join the movement to create a Nutrients For All world and help solve some of the world’s greatest challenges alongside health practitioners, farmers, industry, policy makers, consumers, environmentalists, social entrepreneurs, food system experts, and others.
- Shape the emerging Nutrient Economy with your solution and thinking.
- Connect with Ashoka Changemakers’ global online community of innovators and problem-solvers who support the impact you are making on the ground. Your participation in the competition gives you the opportunity to forge relationships with like-minded innovators, impact partners, sector experts, and investors.
- Gain visibility with our community and the firms and institutions that are partnering with Ashoka in this effort.
How to Enter
- For advice about how to create a better entry and boost your chances of winning, read these tips about how to make your entry stand out.
- Please complete the entry form and submit by the deadline: 5 p.m. EST on Wednesday, June 19, 2013.
- Select entrants will be notified on Monday, July 1 with further instructions.
Winners of Nutrients For All: Vitality for People and Planet will be those that best meet the following criteria:
The best entries will be those that contribute to a Nutrients for All world by ensuring the availability of nutrients for healthy, natural ecosystems, farms, food, and people. Entries that transcend traditional boundaries and demonstrate a willingness to engage in collaborative partnerships will be given a high ranking by the judges. Innovation does not necessarily involve inventing something entirely new. It may comprise new products or processes, as well as new applications or hybrid combinations of existing tools. Entries should describe how a solution is driven by original, ground-breaking ideas.
Entries must describe what impact their solutions have on the nutrient value chain in order to impact the health of natural ecosystems, farms, food, and people. (Idea phase entries, or entries that have not yet had impact, may describe the projected or potential impact of their solutions.) In addition, entries should articulate how their solutions may impact the broader context of building a Nutrients for All world. Entries should explain how the solution measures impact through both quantitative and qualitative data. The best solutions will have demonstrated impact, as well as the potential for scaling-up and replication, either on their own or in combination with other solutions. Entries are encouraged to describe an important contribution to systemic solutions. This can be either on their own, or in combination with other solutions.
Entries should have a clear plan for reaching long-term goals and securing financial backing—they should describe not only how they currently finance their work, but also how they plan to finance it in the future. They should also have a realistic time frame for implementation. The most successful entrants demonstrate that they have strong partnerships and support networks to address ongoing needs, and to aid in scalability and the maintenance of a clear financial strategy.
Competition Deadlines, Procedures, and Rules
Online competition submissions are accepted until 5 p.m. EST on Wednesday June 19, 2013. At any time before this deadline, competition participants are encouraged to revise their entries based on questions and insights that they receive from reviewers on their feedback dashboards. Participation in the discussion enhances an entrant’s prospects in the competition and gives the community and judges an opportunity to understand the entrant’s project more completely.
There are six main phases in the competition:
Entries can be submitted from April 17, 2013 through 5 p.m. EST on June 19, 2013. Throughout this stage, anyone can participate in an online review discussion with the entrants.
- Early Entry Deadline, May 15, 2013: Entries received by 5 p.m. EST on May 15, 2012 are eligible for the Early Entry prize.
- Entry Deadline: June 19, 2013, 5 p.m. EST
Initial Screen of Entries
Beginning June 20, Ashoka will be screening all competition entries for their fit with the judging criteria. Those judged to be most competitive will be invited to a subsequent phase of peer review.
Peer Review for Competition Semi-Finalists
On Monday, July 1, the most competitive entrants - competition Semi-Finalists - will be notified and given the opportunity to review the entries of their peers. Participation in the peer review allows entrants to receive in-depth feedback about their entries from like-minded innovators. Entrants who would like to participate in peer review will need to opt in by July 3. They will then receive their review assignments on Friday, July 5 and have just less than one week to complete those peer reviews.
- Notification of Peer Review Opportunity: July 1, 2013
- Deadline to Opt Into Peer Review Process: July 3, 2013
- Receipt of Peer Review Assignment: July 5, 2013
- Deadline for Peer Review Assignment: July 10, 2013
On Friday, July 12, all Semi-Finalists will receive access to a supplementary entry form. This form will enable them to elaborate on their work and speak to broader competition themes. Entrants will also receive additional access to their preliminary form, enabling them to incorporate feedback from the peer review process. Both forms can be submitted until Tuesday, July 23 at 5 p.m. EST.
- Access to Supplementary Entry Form: July 12, 2013
- Deadline for Supplementary Entry: July 23, 2013 at 5p.m. EST
Online Review and Finalist Selection
July 17 – September 11, 2013: Online review and discussion. A team of Ashoka staff members nominates the 15 to 20 best and most innovative entries as finalists. A panel of expert judges then selects the most innovative entries as the competition winners.
September 18, 2013: A total of $45,000 in unrestricted funding is available for winning solutions. Winners will also be invited to participate in events that move systemic solutions forward. Special Focus Prize winners will be announced on this same date.
Early Entry Prizes
Early entries received by May 15, 2013 will be eligible to win one of two cash prizes of US $500 and an opportunity to discuss their solutions with Ashoka and a high profile group of executives at the Globalizer conference in Frankfurt, Germany on June 3-4. Being an Early Entry Prize winner does not preclude entrants from winning the competition in any way, nor guarantee finalist status. All entries will be evaluated on an equal basis at the completion of the entry period, according to the Changemakers criteria.
Special Focus Prizes
Winners of the Special Focus Prizes will be selected by Ashoka in partnership with the sponsoring institution, and will be announced at the same time as the Grand Prizes. Being a Special Focus Prize winner does not preclude entrants from winning a Grand Prize.
A total of $45,000 in unrestricted funding is available for winning solutions. These solutions will be selected from the pool of finalists by expert judges, as those that best exemplify the competition assessment criteria. Winners will be announced September 18, 2013.
Disclaimer—Compliance with Legal Restrictions
Ashoka complies fully with all U.S. laws and regulations, including Office of Foreign Assets Control regulations, export control, and anti-money laundering laws. Any grants will be awarded subject to compliance with such laws. Ashoka will not make any grant if it finds that to do so would be unlawful. This may prohibit awards in certain countries and/or to certain individuals or entities. All recipients will comply with these laws to the extent they are applicable to such recipients. No recipient will take any action that would cause Ashoka to violate any laws. Additionally, Ashoka will not make any grant to a company involved in the promotion of tobacco use.
Deadline for Ideas
|Urban Farming Reimagined: Creating Large-Scale Distribution Opportunities for Micro-Sized Farms||Sarah Johnson||United States, Tennessee, Davidson County, Nashville|
|Small Scale Food Fortification at the Village Level||Felix Brooks-church||Nepal, Bagmati, Lalitpur|
|Tudabujja: Teaching Farming Skills to Street Children in Uganda||Joan Townsend||Uganda, Kampala, Kampala|
|Stockbox Neighborhood Grocery, where neighbors and good food meet.||Carrie Ferrence||United States, Washington, King County, Seattle|
|Kuli Kuli||Lisa Curtis||Niger|
|Pioneering sustainable change in addressing malnutrition globally||Mary Doyle||Malawi, Lilongwe|
|Food & Trees for Africa - Food Gardens for Africa Programme||Food & Trees for Africa Non Profit Organisation||South Africa|
|The Green Cuisine Project: transforming organic produce and generating income||Liliane Fell||Brazil, Paraíba, João Pessoa|
|Enriched Porridge for Prisoners with Tuberculosis||Gerhard PRILOP||Togo, Lomé|
|Soil Testing Kit||Selena Georgiou|
|Gardens for Health International||Jessie Cronan||Rwanda|
|Avaaj Otalo: Mass Digital Consulting for Healthier Agriculture||Hee Kwon Seo||India, Gujarat|
|GROW HQ||Michael Kelly||Ireland, Waterford, Waterford|
|Tools to Connect Schools to Local Food||Chef Ann Cooper||United States, National|
|Food to Know, Seeds to Grow||Eugenia Pietrogrande||Congo (Kinshasa), Katanga, Lubumbashi|
|Closing the Loop, Transforming the Poop||Sasha Kramer||Haiti, Port-au-Prince|
|DIG Deep, Build-Up: Linking Health, Edu & Ag in East Africa||Noah Barclay-Derman||Kenya, Western, Rongo District|
|The AyaUplift Project||Christopher Bradshaw||United States, District Of Columbia, Washington|
|MamaCarts||Meghan Coleman||Benin, Parakou|
|Five Loaves||Chris Proctor||United States, Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln|
|PeaceMeals||Catherine Skroch||United Kingdom, Belfast|