Food and Nutrition Innovation Council

The mission of the Food & Nutrition Innovation Council is to foster a robust, science-driven ecosystem of food, agricultural, and wellness innovation and entrepreneurship for a healthier, equitable, and sustainable food system. This synergistic system highlights and translates the newest advances and brightest minds in the field, connecting scientific academic experts and talented graduate students with businesses including the food industry from farm to fork, health and wellness, insurance, entrepreneurs, venture capital, and non-profit and advocacy organizations.



Understand trends and breakthroughs in science, health, sustainability, supply chains, public perception, policy, behavior change, and technology and personalization related to food and nutrition.


Link together with other key stakeholders including established companies, new ventures, scientists, entrepreneurs, investors, and advocacy groups.


Help to craft, nurture, and benefit from a robust workforce of nutrition entrepreneurs and a thriving network of new ideas and companies.


Guide and experience signature events such as the annual Tufts Food and Nutrition Entrepreneurship Competition, Food Innovation Summit, and Innovation Career Fair.


Educate the public, media, government leaders, and broader industry community on the crucial benefits of food and nutrition entrepreneurship and innovation.


Foster a new “silicon valley” of food and nutrition entrepreneurship in Boston, with evidence informed, mission-oriented discoveries and ventures benefiting the nation and the world.


Food and Nutrition Entrepreneurship Competition

Annual university-wide competition, generally held each Spring, featuring exciting new concepts , business plan ideas, and early stage companies, sponsored by the School in collaboration with the Tufts Gordon Institute.

Food Innovation Summit

Annual gathering of key thought leaders, generally held each Fall, from science, policy, and industry to discuss and help guide the newest trends in the field.

Career Fairs

Annual congregation, generally in parallel with the Entrepreneurship Competition and the Innovation Summit, to bring together the brightest undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni across Tufts University.

Facilitated Access to Research, Faculty, and Students

Individualized connections to research topics, faculty, and students based on synergistic priorities and interests.

Internship Program

Ability to work with the School to identify the best and brightest graduate students for potential internships.

Special Events

Special invitations to other School and University events, including conferences, seminars, and webinars.

Please note that Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging staff are excluded from the program until further notice.


For more details and information contact:
Wendy King, Associate Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations


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