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Coffee Pickinn - A Challenge for Innovation in Colombian Coffee Harvesting

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 09:43



The Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (Federation) is looking for innovative proposals coming from entrepreneurs, research groups and/or companies offering a solution that would make the process of selective coffee harvesting in Colombia more efficient.

The solutions with the greatest potential for tackle the challenge, will be sponsored by the Federation through economic contributions and/or in kind, to be developed and subsequently implemented in the Colombian countryside. The Federation is willing to develop a strategic alliance with the challenge solver(s) that leads to the implementation of the following stages, according to the degree of progress of the proposed solution:

• Develop the chosen solution through its own funds or obtain them through third parties;
• Advance the experimental process, adjustment and final development of the solution through mentors and partners;
• Enable ownership of the solution by potential users through training and awareness processes .

Depending on the state of progress of solutions, different approaches for a rapport scheme between the Federation and those proposing the solution can be set forth:

• Co-financing of seed capital: support for the creation and strengthening of a business enterprise;
• Provision of services: guaranteed contract for a certain amount of time for the selected enterprise to develop and implement the solution;
• Business partners: shared risks and investments in a prospective business aimed at designing and marketing the solution.

Duration:Jan 2018 - Dec 2018


Expertise or Counselling, Implementer, Marketing Engagement specification The Federation is looking for people, groups, entrepreneurs, business people, or researchers who have ideas and - preferably, prototypes and products - who can strongly substantiate a proposal that will tackle the challenge presented. This call for entries is open to solutions coming from any part of the world. There is no geographical restriction and proposals at the national and international level will be accepted, provided they fulfill the specified requirements .


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