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, advocacy, and industry to discuss and help guide the newest trends in the field.
Annual congregation, generally in parallel with the Entrepreneurship Competition and the Innovation Summit, to bring together outstanding undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni across Tufts University.
Facilitated Access to Research and Faculty
Individualized connections to research topics and faculty based on synergistic priorities and interests and opportunities to sponsor research and license technology from Tufts.
Opportunity to work with the School to identify graduate students for potential internships
Special invitations to, and opportunities to sponsor, other Friedman School and University events, including conferences, seminars, and webinars.
More about the Food and Nutrition Innovation Council
The mission of the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University is to generate trusted science, educate future leaders, and produce real world impact in nutrition science and policy. Multi-sector collaboration is one core strategy to achieve this mission. We engage expertise, perspectives, and resources from diverse sectors in order to create and apply dynamic, interdisciplinary solutions to the most pressing challenges in nutrition science and policy.
As part of this strategy, the Food and Nutrition Innovation Council at the Friedman School aims to foster a robust, science-driven ecosystem of food, agricultural, and wellness innovation and entrepreneurship for a healthier, equitable, and sustainable food system. Activities conceived or supported through the Food and Innovation Council will follow the Friedman School’s Principles for Engagement and Funding and Tufts University policies and procedures for externally supported research and collaboration.
A listing of Food and Innovation Council Members, including their membership levels, is posted on the Council website. Membership fees from all Council Members, which include both for-profit and non-profit organizations, are provided as unrestricted gifts.
Core pillars of the Friedman School’s Principles for Engagement and Funding include scientific integrity, mission alignment, transparency, academic independence and control, and respect for diverse perspectives. Our commitment to our mission and these principles guides our engagement with the Food and Innovation Council.
No activities of the Food and Innovation Council shall allow or facilitate any influence over Tufts’ research results, patient care or academic programs and neither Tufts’ name nor the School’s name, nor the activities of the Food and Innovation Council, may be used to promote or endorse members or their products/services. The Council Members will be identified as such on the Friedman School’s website and each Council Member may state that it is “a member of the Food and Nutrition Innovation Council.” No other statements about the Food and Innovation Council and a Council Member’s involvement in the Food and Innovation Council may be made by a Council Member or its affiliates without the prior written approval of Tufts University.