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Register for the Vertical Farming Innovation Award

The Association for Vertical Farming is an internationally active nonprofit organization focused on advancing Urban and Vertical Farming technologies, designs and businesses. In partnership with Illumitex and Thought For Food, the Vertical Farming Innovation Award is a chance for university students from around the world to create the future of vertical farming with the help of expert mentors.

 Problem Statement:

Urban Agriculture is a rising industry, attracting top talent to invent new ways to grow food in cities and at home. Technology plays a leading role in this, especially LED grow lights, sensors, automation, and robotics. Thanks to our competition sponsor, Illumitex, a leader in LED grow light technologies, the knowledge of vertical farming is being democratized to university students across the globe.

Contestants who enter this competition powered by Thought For Food will benefit from four guidance webinars provided by Illumitex and the Association for Vertical Farming (AVF) about the technologies and techniques for vertical farming. The field of the future is right around the corner and it might include you. This is your opportunity to reach new heights with us.


There are three top prizes for the best vertical farming concepts - one of these awards could be yours!

1st Place - $5,000 - Innovation Award - Sponsored by Illumitex

+ trip to Amsterdam (for one) and a chance to pitch at the AVF Summit and at GreenTech Amsterdam 2016 (June 13th & 14th 2016)

2nd Place - $3,000 - Changemaker Award - Sponsored by Thought For Food (TFF)

3rd Place - $1,500 - Explorer Award - Sponsored by GTEC Berlin

March 1, 2016 - March 30, 2016


During the course of the challenge, teams will have different Milestone's to complete. The final pitch is due May 23rd.

Milestone 1 - Application Deadline (March 30th)

Milestone 2 - Site Selection

Milestone 3 - Crops Selection

Milestone 4 - Lighting Selection

Milestone 5 - Design Preview

Pitch Due - May 23rd


 Rules and Guidelines:

To be personally eligible for the The Innovation Prize for Vertical Farming 2016, participants must be:

  • Current and recently graduated (with 6 months of the January 1, 2016) university students, which include all types of accredited higher education (vocational school, technical university, junior college, online university, public and/or private universities, colleges).
  • Over the age of 18 years old as of January 1, 2016.
  • Able to speak, read, and write in English.

For teams to be eligible for the The Innovation Prize for Vertical Farming 2016, teams must:

  • Have a maximum of 5 team members (18+). Team members do not all have to be in the same city, country, region and/or university.
  • Appoint a team leader, who serves a critical role in keeping the team on task, recruiting advisors, attending all webinars, tracking progress, and developing the team profile.
  • Have a maximum of 2 official advisors, although optional. Advisors cannot win any of the prize money, nor are their trips to the final presentations covered.

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