Nestlé Introduces Research and Development innovation challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Nestlé organises a Research and Development (R&D) innovation challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa being part of the company’s efforts to contribute to the local innovation ecosystem. The challenge will aid advance local entrepreneurship, as well as contribute a platform for start-ups and universities to offer to local sustainable growth by bringing breakthrough concepts to the market.

The R&D innovation challenge, which commenced today in Ghana, will also take place in Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa. The aim is to work collaboratively with start-ups and universities to recognise sustainable and scalable science and technology solutions that aid to hasten the innovation of products that match local consumer needs. The R&D innovation challenge calls for novel solutions across four areas: environmentally-friendly packaging solutions, sustainable cocoa plantlets, affordable nutrition and new routes to market.

Stefan Palzer, Nestlé Chief Technology Officer said: “There is a growing number of Africa-based entrepreneurs and local researchers with creative ideas to address issues facing their communities. This R&D innovation challenge presents for our company an exceptional opportunity to leverage the outstanding creativity while helping to turn the most promising ideas into reality.”

To mesh with local start-ups, Nestlé partnered with Kinaya Ventures as part of the Spring Fellowship Program, which is designed to accelerate corporate start-up partnerships and catalyze digital entrepreneurship. The challenge also calls upon universities in Central and West African countries to submit solutions.

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The R&D innovation challenge is part of Nestlé’s Global Youth Initiative, which has the objective to assist 10 million young people around the world to have passage to economic opportunities by 2030.

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