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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 two categories:

  • Non-food category: Aimed at finding alternative, non-food solutions to keep aflatoxin-contaminated foods and feeds out of the food system

  • Food category: Aimed at identifying solutions to eliminate or reduce exposure to aflatoxins from foods and feeds

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.  


August 6, 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.

September 10, 2018: The top finalists announced.

Oct 25th from 16:30 to 17:30: EPC finalists will present their ideas to a panel of experts at the Business Conclave

Oct 26th at 15:30: The finalist award will be announced!



The Elevator Pitch Contest is a platform founded by Sight & 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.