Francisco Noguera

Changemakers Announces New Competition: Innovations for Improved Nutrition

Our friends at Changemakers point our attention to a recently launched competition that is very closely linked to the role of enterprise in development. Run in alliance with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the competition “is open to innovators with new ideas to expand and improve nutrition – to make sure all people have access to the vital nutrients and the critical information that will help them thrive. Solutions with the potential for growth and scale are likely to come from creative community members from all corners of the globe and local, grassroots organizations.” (from Ashoka’s press release).

There’s something interestingly different about this particular competition. Besides a $5,000 cash prize and extensive media exposure through Changemakers’s networks (common to all Changemakers competitions), the five best projects will have the opportunity to present their projects to investors during the GAIN Business Alliance Global Forum, taking place in May 2010 in Dubai.

I encourage you to forward this announcement around to anyone you know who might be working in an eligible project. I will do so with Tom Stehl, a friend who works for a corageus organization called Meds and Foods for Kids, which is tackling the challenge of child malnutrition in Haiti through locally products that fall under the category of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF). Tom was part of the 2008 Class at Santa Clara University’s Global Social Benefit Incubator. Click here to watch his introduction video.