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Agri & Co Challenge

The international call for projects – Agri & Co Challenge – was launched on 1 March 2018. It has be coined by the State of Fribourg and is targeted specifically at innovative companies working in the food, agriculture and biomass industries, Agri & Co Challenge comes with prize money totaling 500,000, Swiss francs which will be shared among the 15 winners. Entries can be submitted online, at, until the 31st of May 2018. 

Agri & Co Challenge

The Agri & Co Challenge is aimed squarely at innovative firms working in the food, agriculture and biomass sectors around the world. There are two distinct programs: ‘Relocation’ and ‘Remote Collaboration’. Applicants are free to choose their preferred option. By offering a choice, the initiative is able to cater to the needs of a much wider range of firms, and thereby maximize its innovation and collaboration potential. The judging panel will evaluate the entries for both programs on the following five criteria:

  • Degree of innovation and feasibility
  • Degree of sustainability
  • Market potential
  • Job creation potential
  • Team and skills Top-class judges

The judging panel will be chaired by Paola Ghillani, former CEO of the Max Havelaar Foundation. As the strategy and management consultant explains: “The mission of Agri & Co Challenge is to expand the region’s network of innovative and sustainable companies, foster synergies between the different business sectors and create new value chains, particularly with emerging markets.”Other members of the judging panel include representatives from the worlds of research, academia and industry, including Nestlé, Cremo, Fenaco and Micarna. All four of these prestigious companies also partner the Agri & Co Challenge initiative.

The programs at a glance Under the ‘Relocation’ program, winning companies will be given premises free of charge for two years at the St-Aubin Innovation Space. They will also each receive a cash prize of 30,000 Swiss francs, as well as bespoke mentoring and coaching. Under the ‘Remote Collaboration’ program, winning companies that do not wish to relocate to Switzerland, but are nonetheless interested in breaking into the Swiss market, are given the opportunity to find out more about the Agrifood network in the canton of Fribourg and Switzerland generally, with a view to forging long-term partnerships with regional stakeholders. Enter now at

You will find all the information you need on how to enter at the official website .

You can also submit your project proposal directly online. For regular updates, simply visit the official website or the Agri & Co Challenge pages on LinkedIn and Facebook.


Target audience Innovative companies in the Food, Agriculture and Biomass sectors from CH and all over the world
Organizer Agri & Co Challenge
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Nadine Lacroix Oggier (
- Cluster Food & Nutrition, Passage du Cardinal 11, Annexe 2, 1700 Fribourg


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