​Hackaton impulse: ‘How to introduce true potato seeds in Afrika?’

Impulse_NC_PotatoSeedHackaton_150909How can Solynta make its True Potato Seeds available to developing countries in a socially and economically responsible way, in order to contribute to feeding the world’s growing and often malnourished population?

In the context of ‘Feeding the World’, Food Valley NL is organising a True Potato Seeds Hackathon together with Solynta, Wageningen UR, HAS Hogeschool, Van Hall Larenstein and SoilCares Foundation.

Students are invited for the True Potato Seeds Hackathon. Please join when you have a background in: Social entrepreneurship, plant sciences & plant biotechnology, soil analysis, food technology, (world) food security, international development studies, international business & trade, innovation strategies, intellectual property, geo-information sciences, ICT and ethics.

Hackathon
We have lent the term Hackaton from the world of computer programming: it represents a pressure-cooker event in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming. However, our Hackathon is not about computer programming. Replace ‘collaborative computer programming’ with ‘creating new business models’ and you know what we are going to do on September 9.

During our True Potato Seeds Hackathon we are asking 36 students from different (applied) universities to come up with promising business models on introducing True Potato Seeds in Africa. Students are asked to work in interdisciplinary groups. Information can be found through the internet, but also by consulting experts who are present.

Solynta Honored as National Icon 2014

Den Haag, 6 november 2014.
Uitreiking van Nationale Iconen 2014 met minister Henk Kamp van Economische Zaken en koning Willem-Alexander. FOTO MINEZ/VALERIE KUYPERS

Den Haag, 6 november 2014.
Uitreiking van Nationale Iconen 2014 met minister Henk Kamp van Economische Zaken en koning Willem-Alexander. FOTO MINEZ/VALERIE KUYPERS

In the presence of HRH King Willem Alexander, the Dutch Government through Minister Henk Kamp honored Solynta as Dutch National Icon for its breakthrough discovery Hybrid Potatoes “This breakthrough technique makes it possible to grow potatoes from true-seed instead of seed-tubers and makes targeted breeding possible. Valuable traits can now be utilized, like disease resistance, nutritional value, and higher yields” Solynta underlines with this project the important Dutch contribution to the global food supply.”

Link to press release

Link to video National Icon

Solynta winner of the Food Valley Award !

We happy to announce that Solynta was chosen as the winner of the 2012 Food Valley Award EXPO. Information about this announcement from EXPO can be found here.

The promotion clip can be found here. 

Voor het Nederlandse persbericht van de Food Valley Award, klik hier.

For the English press release of the Food Valley Award, click here.