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Meet the future of food finalists of Idealog + Sprout Accelerator’s Transfarmation competition

Transfarmation

Meet the future of food finalists of Idealog + Sprout Accelerator’s Transfarmation competition

A prize worth $85,000 up for grabs, six finalists battling for the chance to get into the Sprout accelerator and a free trip to the USA, and just one winner to be crowned. Sprout’s Chelsea Millar, CEDA’s John Morris, Idealog’s Elly Strang, Massey University’s Julian Heyes, Moreish’s Nicola Fitzsimons and Fonterra’s Dr Pierre Venter were tasked with picking the winner of Idealog and Sprout’s Transfarmation competition, and competition was by all accounts fierce. Here, we take a look at the six finalists' ideas and how the day of pitching went down.

Transfarmation

After a day spent in Palmerston North with the six Transfarmation finalists pitching their ideas, the grand winner of Idealog and Sprout Accelerator's competition has been chosen. Congratulations to Michal Garvey, the founder and director of Foodprint, who will go on to develop her food waste app in the Sprout Accelerator in 2020, while also jetting off on a trip to the Natural Products Expo in California, USA next year. Here, we have a chat to Garvey about her winning future of food business idea.

Competition

Do you have a brilliant business idea for the future of food? Idealog and Sprout Accelerator have teamed up to search for someone in the food production space to award a prize worth $85,000 to, which includes a place in Sprout’s accelerator in 2020, cash and tickets to the Natural Food Expo in the US in March next year and coverage in Idealog. The criteria for companies or businesses ideas we're really interested in are those who are using food waste in an inventive way, using indigenous ingredients or methods, or creating a more sustainable form of packaging. SSound like a bit of you? The deadline for entry has been extended until November 14.

Q&A

Calling all women-led businesses in New Zealand: Bumble is looking for a company to give a US$5000 grant to via its Bumble Bizz competition. The competition is running in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, India, the Philippines and Singapore, with one winner being chosen from each country to fly to Sydney to take part in the APAC Bumble Bizz Summit next month. We had a chat to Bumble APAC marketing director Michelle Battersby about her own career journey, what it’s like to work for a company that champions women in business so strongly and why you should always trust your intuition.

Wooly brilliance

After a day spent in Christchurch with all of the Idealog + Studio ZQ finalists pitching their ideas, the grand winner of the competition has been chosen. Congratulations to Becs Bartells, who will see her design for strongwool coffins be developed as a product in the New Zealand Merino Company’s innovation space, Studio ZQ, while also jetting off on a trip to San Francisco to meet some movers and shakers in the industry to help inspire her and further her concept. Here, we have a chat to Bartells about her winning design.

Competition

The Food Show is returning to ASB Showgrounds in Auckland from July 25 to 28, where a bunch of New Zealand’s best foodie entrepreneurs will be showing off their finest creations. To celebrate, Idealog has two tickets to the show to give away along with a prize pack worth over $350 full of delicious treats including Pic's Peanut Butter Boysenberry Jelly, All Good Organics Karma Cola, The Remarkable Chocolate Co Organic Dark Chocolate and more. Read on for details on how to enter – the winner will be drawn Friday 19 July at 5pm.

Competition

Idealog is teaming up with New Zealand Merino Company to celebrate both the opening of its Studio ZQ innovation space in Christchurch and our design community's talents by holding a nation-wide search for a wool product that harnesses the protentional of this natural fibre. To get the inspiration flowing, here are some of the entries that have already been submitted to the Shuttlerock page here, including woollen speakers, shower puffs, oven mitts and bean bags. Plus: we have extended this competition until Thursday 11 July at 5pm to give people more time to enter.

Competition

Idealog is one of the few media brands dedicated to celebrating New Zealand’s special brand of creativity. The New Zealand Merino Company has helped transform the sheep industry from a faceless commodity into a supplier for premium global brands. So, like Allbirds and Icebreaker are to merino farmers, we've teamed up to to celebrate the opening of its Studio ZQ innovation space in Christchurch and our design community’s talents by asking our audience to design a product that harnesses the potential of strongwool. The winner will win two all-expenses paid trips worth more than $7000: a five-day trip to Christchurch to develop their idea, and a five-day trip to San Francisco, USA to meet with US-based innovation experts. Read on to find out more.

NZ Startup Bootcamp + Idealog

$20,000 up for grabs, 20 hardworking teams battling for the chance to pitch on stage, 48 hours of refinement and just two winners to be crowned. Idealog’s editor Elly Strang, Dame Julie Christie, Ecostore founder Malcolm Rands and Vend founder Vaughan Fergusson were tasked with picking two winners in Soda Inc’s NZ Startup Bootcamp: the best start-up, and the best new idea. Elly Strang shares the inside scoop from the judging, and the key learnings she took away about what new founders should be thinking about.

Wave after wave

Earlier this year, architecture organisation ADEDU put out a call for students and professionals to redesign the Band Rotunda at the Oriental Bay Pavilion, a site that has sat unoccupied since an earthquake in 2016. Now, the first prize winner has been announced as Russia-based Stanislaw Michalowski’s Wellington Wave design. Plus, the jury were impressed by several other strong international contenders.