New opportunities available to solve AgriFood challenges

We round up the latest opportunities to help AgriFood challenge holders connect with solution providers.

Posted on: 03/05/2024

Referred to as ‘open innovation’, these opportunities involve looking outside your own team or knowledge base to explore new ideas.

As an innovator, open innovation platforms can help you find new applications and connections to expand the impact of your ideas. As a company with a challenge, sharing this openly can help you find new solutions.

Publicising challenges in an open forum can be a speedy route for companies to connect with innovators they wouldn’t otherwise have been aware of. Talking about your challenges or needs may enable you to access ideas from sectors outside of your own. This could accelerate your problem-solving or product-development process.

If you’re working in AgriFood and have a particular challenge or solution that could help others working in your industry, explore companies with upcoming open innovation challenges below.

Current open innovation challenges

In addition to the companies listed above, Diageo has new challenges opening in late 2024, while Nomad Foods regularly launches new challenges.

Innovation Exchange

Innovate UK Innovation Exchange is a good example of open innovation working in practice. It fast-tracks knowledge transfer nationwide by matching industry challenges with trailblazing companies across different sectors. It regularly hosts challenges relevant to AgriFood. The Innovation Exchange team works with challenge holders to define their challenge and disseminate this to find solutions from a range of sectors.

Get in touch with the Innovate UK Business Connect AgriFood team to find out more, or explore all our open opportunities.

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