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Cap Protéines Challenge 2, a second edition of the ideation competition to innovate around plant proteins

16 Sep 2022

Paris, 16 September 2022 - As part of the Cap Protéines programme and after the great success of the first event in 2021, a second edition of the ideation competition called Cap Protéines Challenge 2 was launched yesterday, Thursday 15 September 2022. Contrary to last year, the target audience has been broadened and no longer exclusively concerns students, but also entrepreneurs, agricultural advisors, farmers, manufacturers, distributors, etc.

Innovation on the menu

Terres Inovia and Terres Univia, in partnership with the CTCPA, the Iterg, the Fondation Avril and Manger du Sens, have launched the second edition of the ideation competition on innovation in plant proteins. It is part of the project "Responding to the food transition with local, sustainable and diversified products" of the Cap Protéines programme launched in 2021 and lasting two years under the impetus of the Plan France Relance. The Cap Protéines Challenge 2, also supported by Acta and Actia, was therefore officially launched by a live webinar yesterday, Thursday 15 September 2022 from 4.30 pm to 6 pm.

Within this framework, a first ideation competition named Cap Protéines Challenge had been organised in 2021. It was aimed at students of all disciplines interested in innovation around plant proteins. The participants were able to propose their ideas and innovative concepts in order to respond to the food transition, to improve the quality and quantity of national production of protein-rich crops and to democratise their use in human food. Les Frimeuses - more info by clicking here- had won the jury's approval with their vegetable spreads. They left with a cheque for €3,000 and received "entrepreneurship" support from experts at the Euralimentaire start-up incubator to help them implement their idea.

A broader sectoral approach

This year, the second edition of the ideation competition maintains the same objective and this time extends its panel of participants. Students are invited, as in 2021, as well as entrepreneurs, agricultural advisors, farmers, industrialists, distributors, etc. Because the Cap Protéines Challenge 2, like its previous version, targets all links in the value chain, from farm to fork, around innovation and four themes that concern farmers, processors, consumers, and an industry approach.

The Cap Protéines Challenge 2 was officially launched by a live webinar yesterday, Thursday 15 September 2022 from 4.30 pm to 6 pm. The interventions of Frédéric Fine, Director of Valorisation at Terres Inovia, Maria Malkoun, in charge of entrepreneurship, Marie Dubot, in charge of innovation at Terres Univia, Stéphane George, in charge of open innovation and the emergence of strategic projects at CTCPA, Benjamin Buaud, senior project manager in health nutrition at ITERG, Anaïs Lossignol, project manager at the Fondation Avril and Freddy Thiburce, associate director of Manger du sens, explained the context, the stakes and the expectations of the challenge around plant proteins as well as the rules of the competition. This event was recorded to be accessible in replay on the Manger du Sens platform - more info by clicking here- and on YouTube - more info by clicking​​​​​​​ here.

"The Cap Protéines Challenge is a real catalyst for ideas around plant proteins. The mentoring offered by the sector's technical centres aims to accelerate projects at both technical and business levels, and to enable participants to take the first essential steps towards creating a company," explains Frédéric Fine, Director of Development at Terres Inovia.

"This challenge is a great opportunity for candidates to propose new ideas on this important subject of plant proteins. We expect you to surprise us," explains Stéphane George, who is responsible for the emergence and monitoring of collaborative programmes at the CTCPA.

Deadlines for participants

Participants will have to submit their projects on the Manger du Sens platform before 30 November. They will be invited to present their work on 15 December 2022 before the organising jury, which will select 4 to 6 projects. Once the results are announced, the shortlisted teams will enter the second phase of the challenge and will be mentored by an expert from one of the partner technical centres. The competition will end with the presentation of the projects on 10 May 2023 at the Sup'Biotech school in Paris.

On the same day, during a prize-giving ceremony, cheques ranging from €1000 to €3000 will be awarded to the winners. The latter will be accompanied by a technical centre in the sector in order to bring their projects to fruition.


About Cap Protéines

Cap Protéines is the research, development, innovation and transfer programme of the Protein Plan launched by the public authorities as part of the France Recovery Plan. Led by Terres Inovia and the Institut de l'élevage, it involves more than 200 technical partners, 100,000 oilseed producers and more than 100,000 ruminant breeders in 2021 and 2022 and has a budget of €55.5 million. This programme is financed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food as part of the France Relance plan and Terres Univia.


About Terres Inovia

Terres Inovia is the technical institute for professionals in the vegetable oil and protein and hemp sectors. Its mission is to improve the competitiveness of oilseeds, protein crops and industrial hemp by adapting production and product development to the economic context and societal demands. Terres Inovia is part of the Acta network - Agricultural technical institutes.

About Terres Univia

Terres Univia is the interprofession of vegetable oils and proteins. It brings together the main professional associations and federations involved in the production, marketing, processing and use of oilseeds and protein-rich plants. Its missions are: knowledge of production and markets, promotion of the sector and its products, management of quality systems, support for R&D actions, organisation of professional practices and dissemination of its knowledge to professionals.

About the CTCPA

The CTCPA, a technical centre for the food industry, supports companies in the sector (from start-ups to large groups) in the fields of product quality and food safety, product and process development, industrial and environmental performance and packaging. The CTCPA provides tailor-made support in the form of audits, consultancy and studies, laboratory analyses, tests and pre-production runs in its technology halls and also through training courses.

About Iterg

Iterg is the CTI of the vegetable oil and protein producing industries. It participates in the development of the fats and related products industries: fats, vegetable oils and oil co-products, vegetable proteins and minor compounds derived from these products. Iterg is part of the Actia network and is labelled ITAI - Institut technique Agro-Industriel.

About the Fondation Avril

The Avril Foundation is part of a desire to act and become involved in rural areas in France and Africa, by pursuing missions of general interest. In France, the Fondation Avril supports the transition of agriculture towards models that create sustainable economic, social and environmental value and also intervenes in the territories to promote healthy and sustainable food for all. In Africa, it wishes to contribute to the country's protein autonomy, which involves active support for the structuring of sectors and support for agro-ecological initiatives that promote cultivated biodiversity and soil preservation.

About Manger du Sens

The first collaborative food transition platform, at the forefront of web technologies and Collective Intelligence, to help food brands and their organisations deploy transformation, innovation and communication strategies with positive impact. We facilitate "conversational" interactions with consumers and stakeholders in the form of collaborative debates or online creative challenges (e.g. Startup Competition, Student Challenge, Innovation Ecosystem Animation...).


About Acta

Acta - les instituts techniques agricoles leads and represents the network of 18 agricultural technical institutes (ITAs), professional tools for applied research and technology transfer to promote their unique know-how in France and internationally. Its purpose is to connect people and knowledge to accelerate the emergence of innovation and improve the competitiveness of the agricultural, forestry and agro-industrial sectors in conventional, organic and sustainable agriculture.

About Actia

National coordination structure, Actia federates the activities of the technical institutes of the agro-food industry, as well as the partner centres, interface and technical, whose 1200 researchers, engineers and technicians accompany daily the companies, in particular the SME. With more than 80 sites in France, the Actia Centres intervene in all sectors of the food industry, as well as on non-food valuations of agricultural products (biotechnology, fine chemistry, cosmetics, pharmacy). Actia dynamises and catalyses this unique network of development, transfer, information and training by bringing into play in synergy the know-how and the complementarities of each one.

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