Innovations in nutrition assessment 

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. Sight and Life Foundation is organizing an elevator pitch contest on disruptive ideas to stimulate networks and dialogue, especially among innovators, to improve existing approaches to measure nutrition.

Nutritional deficiencies are major public health concerns in many low- and middle-income countries, but accurate and actionable information on their status is often lacking due to high costs, complexities and logistical challenges associated with assessing nutritional status. Precise, user-friendly, and low-cost analytical tools are needed. 

The Elevator Pitch Contest’s goal is to identify and support such projects that have a high potential to be implemented and produce a meaningful impact on the target problem in relatively near term.

Five to seven finalists will win a trip (round trip and accommodation) to Boston to participate in the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition's 'Nutrition 2018' and pitch their idea to a panel of experts and potential investors. Winners receive a cash award of up to US $ 2,000. 


January 31, 2018 at 11:59 PM CEST: Application deadline. Entries that do not meet the guidelines in the application form will not qualify for the selection process.

March 15, 2018: The top five to seven entries announced.

June 9-12, 2018: The 'pitch' will take place during the American Society of Nutrition 'Nutrition 2018' in Boston, MA, USA.

2018 Jury Members

Parul Christian, Senior Program Officer, Women’s Nutrition at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & Professor Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Jennifer Coates, Associate Professor & Senior Researcher at Tufts University

Klaus Kraemer, Sight and Life Managing Director & Adjunct Professor Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Katharine Kreis, Strategic Initiatives, International Development, International Program Management at PATH

Alain Labrique, Associate Professor Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health