The Wageningen University Fund is pleased to announce the new Feike Sijbesma Sustainable Innovation Award, to be presented annually. This is an incentive award for innovative entrepreneurs who have been focusing on global climate and food security issues for up to seven years.

Feike Sijbesma, the namesake of the award, was chairman of the board of Royal DSM from 2007 to 2020. During that time, he transformed the company from a bulk chemicals company into a global leader, focused on nutrition, health, and sustainable living. Sustainability and innovation were core values herein and form the base of the strategy. In addition, Sijbesma has always attached great importance to inclusion and diversity, values that are also included in the selection procedure.

Stimulating entrepreneurship
Funded by the DSM Brighter Living Foundation, in collaboration with the University Fund Wageningen and Wageningen University & Research, this award provides stimulative funding to innovators and entrepreneurs with scalable solutions for climate-proof food systems. This fits in ideally with the ideas of Feike Sijbesma. Because these are Wageningen themes, the DSM Brighter Living Foundation approached WUR, and the award, which has an important link with the UN's SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), was placed with the Wageningen University Fund.

Apply for the award
Are you an entrepreneur active in the field of climate-resilient food systems, and do you have a smart, innovative solution with which you can make a positive impact on society and the environment? Then apply for this award. We would like to get in touch with you. The Feike Sijbesma Sustainable Innovation Award will not only provide you with the necessary publicity, but as the winner, you will also receive an amount of no less than 25,000 euros to invest in your company.

Applications can be made through June 30, 2022, and submissions from around the world are welcome. The top 3 will get to pitch in front of an expert jury, immediately followed by the award ceremony on September 6. In addition to the jury, a delegation of high-level professionals from the entrepreneurial field will be present to provide the finalists with useful feedback and networking.

For more information:
Wageningen University & Research