Food Solutions Challenge - 2021 | Net Impact

Food Solutions Challenge (Program Closed)

The Food Solutions Challenge is an accelerator and pitch competition focused on finding solutions to the most pressing issues in food and agriculture.


For the fifth consecutive year, Net Impact is seeking creative and actionable ideas from next generation leaders about the most pressing issues in food and agriculture.

This year, the Challenge is focusing on strengthening smallholder farming resilience. Up to five semi-finalists will be selected to participate in the eight-week 2021 Net Impact Accelerator run in partnership with Eidos Global’s Social Innovation Warehouse. Through this accelerator, participants will gain the connections, mentorship, and tools needed to successfully develop their solution into a scalable enterprise.

The Challenge is open to both students and professionals worldwide. 



How it Works

  1. Download the Challenge Brief. 
  2. Form a team of 2-4 and formulate a proposal that addresses the Challenge question (see the Challenge Brief).
  3. Submit your solution by May 15, 2021.

Key Dates

April 15th, 2021

Early bird deadline

May 15th, 2021

Final submission deadline

Early June 2021

Accelerator starts

End of July 2021

Winner announced



This is a serious challenge with serious benefits. Teams selected to move forward will receive the following:


Each finalist team will be paired with industry experts and mentors who will provide them with guidance and feedback along the way. Each finalist team will also walk away with a roadmap to launch their venture.


Connections to business and industry experts and a community of sustainability-oriented social entrepreneurs.


The pitch competition will unlock $5,000 to kickstart the winning solution.

How The Challenge Will Help Launch Your Solution

By participating in the 2021 Net Impact Accelerator you will:

The Food Solutions Challenge is sponsored by