Each team must include between 2 and 5 members, at least half of whom must be current graduate and/or undergraduate students. Participants may come from any U.S. university. Teams must also be aware of and in compliance with their institutions’ IP policies in order to participate in this competition, and will be asked to disclose in their application whether the technology upon which their proposal is based has any prior rights to it (i.e. from investors or previous competition sponsorship). For finalists, at least half of each team must be present for the final presentation at the awards ceremony in the May 2016 (date to be confirmed).
The judges welcome submissions for ideas at various stages of development, and across all aspects of food and agribusiness (e.g., waste, production, manufacturing, consumption, marketing, policies, etc.). Given that this is a relatively new competition at MIT, we anticipate that most proposals will be for early-stage ideas, but we encourage teams to develop their ideas to the fullest possible extent prior to submitting their application in order to use the mentorship period most effectively.