2017 Maine Food System Innovation Challenge

Maine Food Systems Innovation Challenge logoThe Institute for Local Food Systems Innovation at the College will be hosting and serving as Enterprise Sponsor for the 2017 Maine Food System Innovation Challenge.

In its third year, this event organizes two tracks–College Track and Enterprise Track–and encourages participants in the competition to produce bold solutions to some of the challenges Maine faces in its food production systems. The public is invited to listen to the teams in both tracks pitch their solutions.


11 a.m. Team Solution Pitches to the Panel of Judges (Open to the public.)
12:15-1:15 p.m. Lunch Break
2:15-3:15 p.m. Network and Reception at the Stone Barn
3:15 p.m. Awards


Saint Joseph’s College will make the team competitions available via livestream at:

Enterprise Track: https://livestream.com/SJC/MFSIEnterpriseTrack2017

College Track: https://livestream.com/SJC/MFSICollegeTrack2017

College Track Challenge:
How might we create products, services, apps, or organizations that support the expansion of production, distribution, processing and consumption of local, sustainably produced food and seafood?

Enterprise Track Challenge:
How might we create new models of aggregation, distribution, and new products through innovative processing that adapt to local and regional needs, utilize technology – high-tech and low-tech – and are sustainable – both financially and ecologically while offering a fair return to the farmer or fisherman at a fair price to the buyer, while minimizing their carbon footprint?

Participating Teams

Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Harvard, Olin School of Engineering, Saint Joseph's

Enterprise (All in Maine):

Circle B Farms (Caribou), FarmDrop (Blue Hill), M.A.G.I.C Farm (South Berwick), Morning Dew Farm (Newcastle), Villager Cooperative (Portland), Resurgam Hot Sauce (Portland)

With grant support from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation.


Saint Joseph's College - Host & Enterprise Sponsor
Hannaford - Gold Sponsor
Farm Credit East - Gold Sponsor
Johnny's Selected Seeds - Silver Sponsor
Maine Community Foundation - Bronze Sponsor
Drummond & Drummond - Bronze Sponsor
BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC - Bronze Sponsor
Norway Savings Bank - Bronze Sponsor
Cribstone Financial - Bronze Sponsor


Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association
Slow Money Maine
Wolfe's Neck Farm
Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development
Brunswick Topsham Land Trust
Cooperative Development Institute
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Rosemont Market & Bakery
Maine Farm and Sea Cooperative
Flight Deck Brewing
New Beet Market
Good Food Bus