East-West Seed Philippines General Manager Dr. Mary Ann P. Sayoc holding a salad tomato bred by East-West seed at the Simon N. Groot Research Station in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
East-West Seed Philippines general manager Dr. Mary Ann P. Sayoc posing with fruitful eggplant.

On its 35th anniversary, East-West Seed launches a competition challenging the next generation of agriculture, business and technology leaders to develop innovative solutions to real-life challenges of smallholder vegetable farmers, with a seed money worth USD 3,000 (P150,000) to bring those ideas to life.

Three of the top innovators will receive P150,000 each. From the three, the grand champion will be chosen to receive an additional P250,000 for a total of P400,000.

|East-West Seed Founder Simon N. Groot during an EW celebration.

With the theme New Technologies to Improve the Productivity of our Vegetable Farmers, the East-West Seed Innovation Olympics encourages students to tackle real-world problems experienced by our farmers and challenge them to come up with innovative technology solutions to help improve the quality of our farmersโ€™ lives. The program will offer opportunities for students to create, implement and measure the impact of their own technological solutions.

Ten teams will be shortlisted to participate in the Innovation Olympics Week in September 2017. They will attend a symposium with successful agriculture innovators and undergo a bootcamp with agriculture, business, and technology experts from the UP and East-West Seed to further improve their project proposals.

An expert panel will judge the projects and the three team finalists will be chosen to receive USD 3,000 (P150,000) seed money for the implementation of their projects.

The three Innovation Olympics team finalists will be given 120 days, from October to December 2017, to adopt a farming community and implement their projects.

East-West is a breeder of high-yielding vegetables like this prolific finger pepper.

In January 2018, the team with the project that exemplified entrepreneurial innovation and made significant impact in their adopted farming community will be declared as the EWS Innovation Olympics Grand Champion and receive P250,000.

The Innovation Olympics is open to all undergraduate and graduate students from universities from the National Capital Region, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga and Batangas. The competition will accept submissions until July 15, 2017.

For more information, please visit www.ews-innovationolympics.com and fb.com/InnovationOlympics2017.

East-West Seed launched the Innovation Olympics in partnership with the University of the Philippines Los Baรฑos, Center for Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship, and APEX: The UPLB Business Network.

East-West Seed General Manager Mary Ann P. Sayoc and Zac B. Sarian enjoy tasting new papaya that tastes somewhat like mango in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
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