The team with the best idea and execution will be awarded 30.000 euro worth of development budget aimed at helping them to properly kickstart their new endeavour. The prize money is offered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality on behalf of the partners of the National Bee Strategy.
The second best team will be invited to participate in the Rockstart AgriFood program selection days in Mid 2019. Participants will receive coaching and networking opportunities, and a chance to be accepted to the program that has €100 k euro worth of investment money lined up.
- Ministerie van LNV: Aard Mulders (beleid) en Frans Lips (CIO office)
- Ruud Huirne, directeur Food en Agri van de Rabobank
- Jacob de Vlieg, Lead AgriFoodTech & Full Professor Applied Data Science at TUE
- Justin Frints, Vice President Engineering - Operating Systems SAST (a Bosch Start-up)
- Brenda Horstra, Adjunct Directeur Tuinbranche Nederland
- Arjen Stijkstra, Lectorate Bee Health, University of Applied Sciences Van Hall Larenstein, Leeuwarden
Successful submissions help addresses and push forward the National Bee Strategy and are looking to do so in a long lasting manner.
In addition, the submissions will be judged on the following criteria.
- potential impact on pollinators: what is the impact of the initiative on pollinators?
- building block vs. end product: is the initiative a building block/platform that allows other to use the data, analyses, functionality in their own solutions by way of e.g. well-documented APIs. Or, is the initiative a “standalone” end product (e.g. an app that does not allow (paid) data reuse by third parties.
- team: is the team strong, cohesive and dedicated? Will this team succeed in executing the idea in a thorough manner?
- business viability/sustainability: what is the probability that the idea/solution will succeed and become a healthy (commercial) initiative? Have potential (paying) customers been identified/lined-up? Investors?
- community forming/facilitating/driven vs. singular entity: will the initiative kickstart/facilitate/empower a new or existing community?
- impact/scale: big/global vs. small/local solution
- degree of “openness”: how open will the initiative be? Will it communicate with its customers through a public channel, will it provide publicly accessible (paid) APIs or will it be an open source project (that charges for services as a source revenue instead of selling licenses).