Planting the seeds for a sustainable

Planting the seeds for a sustainable

We accelerate innovations that battle food waste. Submit your idea and get a chance to win 50.000 SEK to validate and accelerate your idea and mentorship powered by Envac.

Applications open 1 May and close 23 May. Read our Q&A before applying.

Why food waste?

Today, an estimated one-third of all the food produced in the world goes to waste. That’s equal to about 1.3 billion tons of fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, seafood, and grains that either never leave the farm, get lost or spoiled during distribution, or are thrown away in hotels, grocery stores, restaurants, schools, or home kitchens. It could be enough calories to feed every undernourished person on the planet.1

Food waste is responsible for 6% of global greenhouse gas emissions.2

We are teaming up with investors, individuals, and organizations to raise money to fund the best food-waste idea through micro-grants that will allow the initiatives to validate their idea.

1.3 billion tons of food is wasted every year globally.

What will happen if you win?

50K SEK grant

The winning ideas in the food waste challenge will receive a 50K SEK grant from Envac to validate and test their ideas. No strings attached.

Expert mentors

We will connect you with mentors from the food industry to support you in your validation phase and try to help you realize your idea.


Visibility at the Sweden Food Tech Big Meet 2021 event, featuring thought leaders and industry experts within the food industry.

Competition timeline

1 May

Applications open

23 May

Application deadline

3 Jun

Winner selected

Are you the one we’re looking for?

We’re sourcing ideas to solve challenges from all parts of the value chain – everything from household food waste to food waste on organizational and societal levels. Together with our advisory board, we will select the best ideas and innovations for validation and acceleration.

Swedish food waste by the numbers

In February 2020, Naturvårdsverket presented a new report, detailing food waste generated by grocery stores, agriculture, and fishing, grocery stores, food production industry, commercial kitchens, restaurants, and households. Swedes throw away roughly 1.3 million kilos of food per year, with an average of 133 kg kilos of food waste per person. You can read the full report here.

It’s clear that household food waste is one of the biggest sources of food waste generated, with a majority of the food ending up in the sink and not being turned into a refined product like biogas or biochar. We need new innovations and ideas to reduce, reuse and refine the food waste generated within these sectors, especially within households.

The secret formula of Stockholm

Stockholm is where your journey starts, but definitely not where it ends. Our vision is set on solving the food waste challenge on a global scale, but Stockholm is a great place to start, and here’s why.

Expert panel

Mattias Eriksson

Researcher at the Department of Energy and Technology; Agricultural technology and systems, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Carolin Moberg

Co-founder and COO, Nicoya

Hjalmar Ståhlberg Nordegren

Co-founder and CEO, Karma

We can’t do this alone

That’s why we need support from partners and people who have expertise within the food system.

Main partners

Envac’s innovative, underground waste collection and the sorting technology systems provide solutions for shaping and maintaining sustainable cities. Visit for more information.

Ecosystem partners


The Food Waste Challenge is an initiative run by Global Shapers Stockholm