Student entrepreneurs nationwide developing a food-secure future

On October 17th and 18th, and to commemorate World Food Day, undergraduate students will gather on four campuses across Canada to take part in the Feeding 9 Billion Challenge to create solutions for a more food-secure campus, community, and world.
The Feeding 9 Billion Challenge provides an opportunity to unleash students’ creative and entrepreneurial ideas in order to find solutions to pressing food, hunger, and agriculture problems. Its unique design combines an exciting, fast-paced 24-hour competition with longer-term mentorship through coursework, and prepares students to participate in competitions globally. According to the director of the program, Canada Research Chair Dr. Evan Fraser, the challenge represents a new approach to traditional textbook-centered undergraduate education by giving students the space and the encouragement to be entrepreneurial and innovative about pressing social issues. “Innovation and community-based work is the future for undergraduate education.”  
Feeding 9 Billion Challenges will take place concurrently at the University of Guelph, University of British Columbia, University of Manitoba, and Wilfred Laurier University. Kelly Hodgins, program coordinator, says the Feeding 9 Billion Challenge is attracting student participants from an array of disciplines, and notes “we are thrilled because we strongly believe that solutions for the innumerable problems in the food system require input from all angles, and especially from young people.”
This event is hosted by Feeding 9 Billion at the University of Guelph, with support from the University of Guelph’s College of Human and Applied Social Sciences, the Food Institute, and the College of Arts. It is funded by Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, Ontario Centres of Excellence, the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation, and the McConnell Family Foundation’s Re-Code initiative.
To keep updated on the Feeding 9 Billion Challenge, to become involved, or to ask questions, contact Kelly Hodgins, Feeding 9 Billion Program Coordinator, University of Guelph
hodginsk@uoguelph.ca; www.feeding9billion.com