Local EAT Award – Promoting Green Entrepreneurs

Published April 6, 2017

Winner of Local EAT Award 2016 Camilla Byrinder, from Qualifare Consulting.

The Local EAT Award is searching for Scandinavia’s next green food entrepreneurs, to select the best idea in healthy and sustainable food. The annual competition is held by Nordic Choice Hotels, the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO), the Swedish Federation of Business Owners (Företagarna) and EAT Foundation. The winning idea is rewarded with a cash prize of 100 000 NOK, a mentorship meeting with Petter A. Stordalen and participation at the Stockholm Food Forum, June 12-13th.

Start-up culture and entrepreneurship are experiencing a boom in Scandinavia like never before. Despite this, many businesses still struggle to translate strong ideas into strong businesses. Nordic Choice Hotels, EAT Foundation, the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) and the Swedish Federation of Business Owners (Företagarna) are therefore excited to announce the fourth annual Local EAT Award, to find and promote the smartest and greenest new food ideas.

Petter Stordalen together with Zoe Christiansen from The Northern Company, winner of the first Local EAT Award in 2014.

”Innovation is about creativity, challenging established truths and seeing new connections and synergies. The food sector is full of ambitious characters who are truly forward-thinking about environmental issues and sustainability. We don’t want the distance between these businesses and Oslo to determine whether the best, greenest solutions end up in the spotlight. That’s exactly why we created the Local EAT Award,” said Petter Stordalen, owner of Nordic Choice Hotels.

 The local EAT Award is held by the Nordic Choice Hotels-chain Quality Hotel, EAT Foundation, the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) and the Swedish Federation of Business Owners (Företagarna), with the aim of finding innovative food ideas that can contribute to solving pressing isses around health, climate change and sustainability. A national winner will be announced in both Norway and Sweden. The two will then travel to the EAT Stockholm Food Forum in June to compete for the grand prize.

Kristen A. Hovland, CEO of Keep-it Technologies. Winner of Local EAT Award 2015

”Across the country, businesses are finding solutions for how to use food resources to the benefit of humans and the planet. Many of them are putting new technology to use in production and distribution. I hope as many as possible of these businesses apply to the Local EAT Award this year – they deserve more attention. These are the people creating jobs and value for communities everywhere,” said Kristin Skogen Lund, Executive Directior of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO).

”It is inspiring to see all the creative suggestions. But the Local EAT Award is not just about innovative, ground-breaking thinking. What the winners also have in common is that their ideas are doable, scalable and potentially profitable. That’s because we want to see sustainable inventions and initiatives spread widely,” said Günther Mårder, Executive Director of the Swedish Federation of Business Owners (Företagarna).

At the EAT Stockholm Food Forum, the national winners are given the opportunity to meet and network with key figures from the food world. On top of that, they will compete for the first prize of 100 000 NOK and a mentorship meeting with Petter Stordalen.

Applications for the Local EAT Award will be accepted from April 6th through May 10th. Apply at www.eatforum.org/lea

«The Local EAT Award was launched four years ago because we believe innovation in the food system can be the solution to some of the greatest challenges of our time. Previous winners have presented solutions that range from new food products to technologies for food security and systems that reduce food waste. Small actors have big ideas that can play an even bigger role in shaping the food system of the future, which is why we are so excited about receiving the applications for this year’s award» Dr. Gunhild A. Stordalen, president of the EAT Foundation