FRIBOURG NETWORK FREIBURG
AGRI & CO CHALLENGE
FRIBOURG LAUNCHES AN INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR PROJECTS
The acquisition of the St-Aubin Innovation Space site means that the canton of Fribourg now has ample land (100 hectares) and the necessary infrastructure to host the winners of the Agri & Co Challenge.
It is perhaps not surprising that the canton of Fribourg, a major player in the Swiss agrofood sector, has launched the Agri & Co Challenge, an ambitious international call for projects targeted at businesses in the food, agriculture and biomass industries. “The canton of Fribourg will use the Agri & Co Challenge to expand its network of innovative and sustainable firms, foster synergies between different economic sectors, and introduce new value chains, especially with emerging markets”, explains Olivier Curty, the Cantonal Minister of Economic Affairs. The Agri & Co Challenge judging panel will include representatives from leading industry names – and initiative partners – Nestlé, Cremo, fenaco and Micarna.
Winners of the Agri & Co Challenge can choose from one of two options: “Relocation” and “Remote cooperation”. Under the first option, winning companies will be offered premises free of charge for two years at the St-Aubin Innovation Space. They will also each receive a cash prize of CHF 30 000, as well as bespoke mentoring and coaching. As for the second option, winning companies that do not wish to relocate but are nonetheless interested in breaking into the Swiss market are given the opportunity to find out more about the agrofood ecosystem in the canton of Fribourg and Switzerland generally, with a view to forging long-term partnerships with local stakeholders.
The 15 most promising projects will share prize money of almost CHF 500,000. The closing date for applications is 31 May 2018. The winners will be announced on 7 November 2018 during the official Canton of Fribourg Innovation Award ceremony.