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An elevator pitch is a critical part of the entrepreneurial process. As competition for research and investment funds increases, young scientists need to effectively articulate their idea and do so in a manner that is persuasive and precise. Sight and Life Foundation developed a platform for organizing an elevator pitch contest (EPC) on disruptive ideas to stimulate networks and dialogue, especially among innovators.

The Elevator Pitch Contest’s goal is to identify and support such projects that can be implemented and produce a meaningful impact in the short term.  

To stimulate innovation from different fields, the contest will have goal is to identify and support such projects that can solve the critical challenge of micronutrient malnutrition through an aspirational and affordable nutritious food.

This maiden edition of the Elevator Pitch Contest (EPC) will be held at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) on September 12, 2019 during the Ghana Industrial Summit and Exhibition (GISE) 2019 where seven finalists will be selected to present their novel ideas. All finalists will win a trip (round trip and accommodation) to Accra to participate in the Ghana Industrial Summit and pitch their idea to a panel of experts and potential investors and the opportunity to be mentored by experts from McGill University and DSM.  One winner will receive seed funds of $5000 USD, year-long research support by McGill University, and access to McGill’s new Agile Project Management online course that supports them in managing their enterprise.


05th August 2019 by 11:59 PM (GMT): Complete and submit the online application

26th August 2019: Seven best entries will be announced

12th September 2019, 2:00 - 3:30 PM: Selected innovators will represent their ideas to a panel of experts and the audience in five minutes. All finalists will win a trip (round trip and accommodation) to Accra to participate in the Ghana Industrial Summit.


Dr. Nii Addy,

Assistant Professor (Research), McGill’s Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID)

Parand Salmassinia,

Global Vice President of Commercial Strategy, Key Accounts & Aroma Ingredients Business, DSM


Breda Gavin-Smith,

Global Public Health Nutrition Manager, Sight and Life

Samuel Kwame Ntim Adu

Founder and CEO, Yedent Agro Group of Companies Ltd.

Kwame Jantuah

CEO, African Energy Consortium Ltd.


The Elevator Pitch Contest is a platform founded by Sight and Life and open to students and young professionals to present their ideas in front of a distinguished team of experts, investors, and the nutrition science community. Sight and Life does not endorse or certify the quality, originality or potential of the ideas for the Elevator Pitch Contest. All participants are solely responsible for the ideas they express. Sight and Life expressly disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information or the quality, attributes, or availability of any of such ideas. In no event shall Sight and Life be liable for any damages, including without limitation special, indirect or consequential damages, resulting from the access or use, or lack of access and use, of these ideas.