The Quartier de l'Innovation is currently looking for food processing or food production companies to participate in McGill University’s virtual food development lab.
Participation in the lab can help businesses improve their innovation processes or develop a new product. Depending on the needs of the companies they are matched with, Professor Salwa Karboune’s students, under the supervision of McGill professionals, are called upon to develop products, find solutions, elaborate optimization parameters, or gather information from a focus group. The best product development projects compete at the international competition held by the Chicago Institute of Food Technologists, where McGill students enjoy great recognition year after year. Some of the products developed in past years include a vegetable protein-based burger with a “rare” and meaty taste, an instant falafel base made from insect protein and chickpea powder adapted to the conditions of Syrian refugees, a tasty and affordable multi-meal stew for developing countries, an ice cream that can be stored at room temperature, a pumpkin hummus, and a healthy avocado tiramisu. A number of these products have since been put on the market.
Photo credit: DigitalFoodLab.com
Duration of the project: 4 to 8 months
Deadline for applications: September 3, 2017
Participation terms: McGill University asks companies to contribute $3,000 to fund student use of laboratory infrastructure with professional support. However, this amount is negotiable for small businesses. At least three meetings with the students can be expected during this process.
To sign up or obtain more information, contact:
University Project Manager
Quartier de l’Innovation
438-387-3347 ext. 206
acote [at] quartierinnovationmontreal.com