Nourishing Innovation

Nourishing Innovation: Campus Nutrition and Food Security Contest

The BC Collaborative for Social Infrastructure (BCCSI), a joint project between SFU, BCIT, UNBC, and VIU, is seeking ideas from students to develop innovative solutions to address food security on campus. There are $4,500 in prizes for finalists and $4,500 for winning teams ($2,000 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place). The winning ideas will be implemented at each campus at the start of the Fall 2021 semester. Read our contest rules for more details on how to participate.

Update June 28: Due to the the wave, today's pitch event is postponed. Stay tuned as a new date will be announced soon! Remember to stay safe, avoid the sun as much as possible and drink lots of water.

Register for the pitch event 

Contest Rules



The finalists that advance to the next phase of the contest are:

  1. Fresh Food for All, BCIT
  2. Guardians of Ghrelin, BCIT
  3. Tatti Food Team, BCIT
  4. The Garden Buddies, BCIT
  5. Flexi-Lunch Team, SFU
  6. Food Justice Coop, SFU
  7. Eco Living Kitchen, UNBC
  8. VIU Peace Garden Club, VIU (also winner of the People’s Choice Award)


The BC Collaborative for Social Infrastructure (BCCSI) is a joint project between SFU, BCIT, UNBC and VIU funded by the McConnell Foundation to advance and scale BC higher education social infrastructure to strengthen communities while sharing knowledge. This project has four pillars with one focused on a ‘Green and Sustainable Campus and community’. This pillar has since focused on addressing and supporting each institution’s social, cultural and environmental challenges with food systems. The steering committee for this pillar has representatives from all institutions. There is also a wider stakeholder group from each of the institutions as well as local community food system experts and practitioners. The BCCSI created Nourishing Innovation to engage students in taking leadership on creating and implementing solutions to improve nutrition and food security on campus.

Food was used and continues to be used as a means of colonialism that has resulted in intergenerational trauma and harm to our Indigenous relations. Through working collaboratively, we hope to bring back the healing, spiritual, and cultural importance of food as a start to walking the path of reconciliation with our Indigenous relations.

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