2016 Maine Food System Innovation Challenge Announced

Based on a first time and very successful Maine Farm, Fish and Food Innovation Challenge held at Bowdoin College November 21-22, 2015, the Maine Innovation Challenge Planning Committee has decided to convene a 2nd Challenge at Bowdoin College on November 11-13, 2016.

On reviewing recommendations from the 2015 participants, the Committee has made several changes to the 2016 Challenge. The first change is to the name. The challenge is now called the Maine Food System Innovation Challenge. Additionally we are adding a college student track with the specific challenge of food waste; we will hold workshops prior to the weekend to assist teams in developing their ideas and the Saturday of the Challenge will be devoted teams working with resource people and mentors.

The Community Track – early stage, pre-launch, enterprises will continue with the same challenge as in 2015 – enterprises addressing the aggregation, processing and distribution of locally raised and harvested food.