Frequently Asked Questions


How can I apply?

You can submit an application form by clicking here. 

what do i need to apply?

To start, you will need to have a gmail account. The application has a few questions about your idea on how to improve nutrition assessments. In addition, a sketch explaining your innovation fitting on one page and not exceeding 1 MB is required. 

What is an elevator pitch?

An elevator pitch is a condensed, easy to understand version of a business pitch that is delivered in the time it takes to ride an elevator. As innovators, you should be prepared to give a pitch any time, including during an elevator ride. However, boiling down your solution to a paragraph and, ultimately, to a single, concise statement is often challenging and requires constant practice and feedback. The famous mathematician, Blaise Pascal recognized this with a statement that roughly translates to, “I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.”


Why Elevator Pitch Contest?

An elevator pitch is a critical part of the entrepreneurial process. As competition for research and investment funds increases, young scientists will need to effectively articulate their idea and do so in a manner that is persuasive and precise. Our contest allows students and young professionals to present their ideas in three to five minutes to a panel of experts and potential financiers at the 19th World Congress of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST, October 23-28, 2018) to be held in Mumbai.

Who is conducting this contest?

The contest is being conducted by Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), in collaboration with Sight and Life Foundation, Mars, Incorporated and Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN)

What is the deadline for application submission?

Please submit your application by August 6, 2018 at 11:59 PM CEST. Entries that do not meet the guidelines in the application form will not qualify for the selection process. 

The top three finalists from each category will be announced on September 10, 2018. The 'pitch' will take place from October 23-27, 2018 during the 19th World Congress of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) in Mumbai, India.

How are the winners supported? 

Three finalists from each category will win a trip (round trip and accommodation) to Mumbai to participate in the 19th World Congress of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST, October 23-28, 2018) and pitch their idea to a panel of experts and potential investors.

The winner in each category will receive seed funds of USD 15000 to further develop the idea.  

Is there any age criterion for the applicants?

Students and young professionals who graduated in the last five years are allowed to apply. 

Can I apply independently or do I need to have a team?

Yes, you can apply as an individual. However, we encourage you to form a team to foster ideas that are innovative and well-rounded. 

Are there any cost involved in participating in the elevator pitch contest?

No. Participation is free of charge.

Whom should I contact if I have questions?

For any queries or clarifications, please email us at