Ecotrophelia has the ambition to promote entrepreneurship and competitiveness within the European food industry by implementing a training network of excellence in food innovation and the organization of national and European food innovation competitions "The Student Awards of Food Innovation” a real eyeopener for the food industry. Ecotrophelia achieves the goal of bringing together students, teachers, researchers and professionals of the food sector in a network to think about tomorrow’s eco-innovative food products. Ecotrophelia Europe constitutes a life-size innovation laboratory for universities and students and a pedagogical model recognized by the European Commission. The competition offers a ground for fruitful exchanges between education and research sectors and the business world. For professionals from the food industries, Ecotrophelia is a great pool of talent, skill-sets and innovation.
The Dutch competion
TKI Agri&Food organizes annually the Ecotrophelia competition. This competition is open to student teams from scientific or commercial higher education, located in the Netherlands. The main goal of the competition is the creation of an eco-innovative food product prototype. Prototypes should be innovative and cannot resemble prototypes presented in earlier editions. The products should be attractive to large groups of consumers. The Ecotrophelia competition is organized in two phases:
Phase 1 -14 June 2024: The national final Ecotrophelia Netherlands. First price is € 1000, second price is € 400 and the third price is € 200. All team members will be provided with a certificate of participation.
Phase 2 - October: the European final, Ecotrophelia Europe. First price is € 6000, second € 4000 and third € 2000.
All students nutrition at MBO, HBO or university level. Participation is only possible through the educational institution. Each educational institution may form a maximum of three teams that may come from different studies or locations.
Each educational institution is allowed to submit a maximum of three dossiers (= three new products). Each file must consist of three parts:
All files are screened by TKI Agri & Food for compliance with the competition rules. TKI Agri & Food has the final decision about which teams can participate. After acceptance, the participating teams will be invited through their educational institution to present their file. The products can be prepared in advance or on site and presented with their packaging to the jury. The jury must be able to taste the products. The supervisors of the team may attend the oral presentation provided that they do not intervene in any way and do not distract the students. The jury reserves the right to deviate from this possibility. The jury appoints the winning team to be delegated to the European final on behalf of the Netherlands.
The team needs to register before 6 May 2024 via the registration module. After receiving this registration, TKI Agri & Food will send a confirmation email within two working days.
7 June 2023 at the latest the complete dossier must be submitted via email . After receiving the file, TKI Agri & Food will send a confirmation email within two working days. If for some reason this is not received by the submitters, they are requested to let this know as soon as possible on pain of exclusion from the competition. The participating teams will be informed within five working days of receiving the complete file with attachments about whether or not the file will be accepted.
Each educational institution can allow a maximum of 3 teams with each one file to participate. A team consists of a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 students. The teams can be composed of:
TKI Agri & Food wants to contribute to the multidisciplinary collaboration of students from different fields or different disciplines.
Participation is only valid under the following conditions:
Registration data to be completed per team:
The dossier consists of:
Technical description: Short technical description (1 A4) according to the template. This includes: team name, short project presentation; product name, category (snack, dish, dessert, drink etc), composition, process, packaging and storage; the innovative aspect.
Product description: Consists of presenting a new food product: recipe, method of preparation, technology, packaging, taste, odor and appearance. It will be indicated why the product is innovative. Attention is also paid to the possibility of industrial production and / or market potential. The packaging is described with attention to environmental aspects. A proposal for labeling is made.
Media file: This consists of two photos, namely the product and the team (in standard format. JPEG and in high resolution, max. 1200 * 800 pixels, high resolution 300pi) and an informative and attractive text with a maximum of 150 words. These photos with text will be included in a brochure intended for the public. It is therefore advisable to be careful with the information that is released.
Brief business plan : A concise business plan that includes the following points:
The files are assessed on content and presentation (oral and written). The organization determines the evaluation criteria. You will find the evaluation criteria on the evaluation form for jury members. The jury will consist of a maximum of 8 people. The jury members assess the files on the basis of the imposed criteria and the presentation of the students.The members of the jury are representatives of business, science, communication and education. The jury members will sign a confidentiality clause. In case of force majeure (in case a jury member is absent for a certain presentation, for example) the average score of the other jury members will be taken for the absent member. The individual score sheets that the jury members have entered are confidential. The results of the jury members are processed on the spot, are binding and are not up for discussion.
Upon arrival at the location, the team reports to the registration desk. The teams must ensure that they bring enough to allow each member of the jury to taste the product.The participants take their presentation with them on a USB stick.
The presentations may take a maximum of 25 minutes: 15 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for presenting the samples for the jury and answering the questions of the jury.
Find here the regulations of the European competition