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New contest awards innovation in foodservice


May 16, 2019
By Bakers Journal
Image courtesy of Electrolux Professional

FCSI and Electrolux Professional launch the 2019 Start Me Up Innovation Awards to celebrate new products and concepts in commercial foodservice, beverage and laundry from start-up firms.

The awards are open to any independent, start-up business that has launched a new product or concept for the food and beverage sector since 1 January 2018. It is free of charge to enter, and the final date of entry for the awards is September 1, 2019.

The inaugural 2019 Start Me Up Innovation Awards will give a platform to new products, services systems or concepts from global start-up businesses with the potential to have a significant, game-changing impact on the commercial foodservice, beverage and laundry industry. The awards will be judged by professional members of Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI) and executives from Electrolux Professional.

The winner will be announced at HostMilano 2019, on Sunday, October 20. There is no fee to enter this competition, and winners will receive extensive media coverage and access to expert advice from FCSI consultants and Electrolux Professional.

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The shortlisted products or concepts selected for the final stage will have the chance to make a Shark Tank-style ‘pitch’ to the judging panel in person at an event at the FCSI booth on Sunday 20 October at the HostMilano 2019 show in Milan, Italy.

Representatives from each start-up business will get 10 minutes to demonstrate to judges why their entry is worthy of first place. The winner will be announced at the FCSI show party later that evening.

To apply to the competition on the FCSI website, click the linke here: fcsi.org/startmeup.