Sponsored by: Rabobank, MIT J-WAFS & MIT Food and Agriculture Club

The Rabobank-MIT Food & Agribusiness Innovation Prize is the premier business-plan competition for university and graduate students. This prize is distinct from other competitions because of its specific focus on food and agribusiness and the access it will provide successful entrants to the broad business community.

The competition takes place in two stages. First round applications open on November 15, 2018 and are due by December 21, 2018 11:59 pm (EST), from which the finalists will be selected for stage two.

Finalists will then be paired with mentors to refine their ideas. Mentors will be leading experts in industry and academia, with experiences relevant to finalist submissions. At the Award Ceremony in May 2019, finalists will present their business plan and compete to win $30,000 in total prize money that will be awarded to the first and second place winning teams ($20,000 and $10,000 respectively).


  • December 21, 2018: Applications due
  • January 19, 2019: Finalists announced and assigned to mentors
  • April 19, 2019: Final business plans due
  • May 1, 2019: Final pitch event and awards ceremony at MIT

For more information and to apply, visit the prize website