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XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion

Help solve the global challenge around access to healthy, nutritious food, created in a way that isn't harmful to our planet.

The XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion is a four-year, $15M competition that will incentivize teams to produce chicken breast or fish fillet alternatives that replicate or outperform conventional chicken and fish. We are animating the Canadian ecosystem by supporting teams with research, business, and product development.

What You Gain

We’re bringing people together to catalyze connection towards building XPRIZE projects and community creation. You will have the opportunity to have access to tools for designing and prototyping. Best teams will be provided with free registrations to XPRIZE, free access to labs, and a slot in our Bio programs, as well as free hours of coaching. We will help teams collaborate with key industry partners for business and access to resources and long-term support from District 3 Innovation for business and scientific success.

Free registrations to XPRIZE
Networking for partnerships and team building
Gain access to District 3’s BioHub and Genome Foundry
Make your project sustainable, speed and scale your impact

Our Biohub District

The first of its kind in Canada, the BioHub provides state-of-the-art dry and wet laboratories to help you develop successful products based on scientific discoveries and ideas.

The Biohub includes the following equipment and instrumentation, and it is available to use to District 3 startups who meet requirements:

  • Cell Culture & Molecular Biology: Microbiology and CO2 Incubators, Biological Safety Cabinet, Thermal Cycler, refrigerated, non-refrigerated and high-speed centrifuges, refrigerated and incubated shakers.
  • Analytics: Imaging System, quantitative PCR, spectrometer, and nanodrop/microvolume spectrometer
  • Chemistry: HPLC, analytical and top-loading balances
  • Cold Storage: -30 and -80 freezers, and refrigerators
  • Subsidized access to Concordia’s Genome Foundry

Concordia Genome Foundry

The Genome Foundry enables a scale of experiments beyond what can be done manually. We focus on high-throughput DNA assembly, genome engineering, and automated culturing of both microbes and mammalian cells. Foundry scientists can work closely with you to help develop and scale your idea.

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We’re recruiting and forging relationships to build strong teams around Canada through various programs and initiatives: entrepreneurship programs, lab to market, speed-dating with multidisciplinary professionals.

Biochemistry | Molecular Biology
Food Science | Meat Science
Ag Science | Plant Physiology
Tissue Engineering | Microbiology
Protein Chemistry | Synthetic Biology

The XPRIZE inspired us to get our team together - it was a chance to do something big which could have a real impact on millions of people. District 3 was instrumental in our journey."

Dr. David Benrimoh, AiFred, IBM Watson Global XPRIZE, Finalist

Meet the Team

Andy Manel
XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion Canada Coordinator
Andy Manel
Andy Manel
XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion Canada Coordinator

AI Facilitator

Andy believes that innovative technology can bring a life of abundance and freedom for humanity. In his role as AI Fellow Assistant at District 3, he works as Canada Eastern Coordinator in the global competition ANA Avatar XPRIZE. He is also collaborating and co-designing a program to apply artificial intelligence on genomics and other applications around AI for Social Good.

Currently, Andy contributes to bringing diversity and innovative momentum into the Montreal ecosystem, collaborating and designing initiatives for the benefit of humanity and the planet like hackathons about AI for Good, Climate Changes, and Open Innovation. In the last five years, he has studied in Innovation Management at HEC Montreal University, Design Thinking for Innovation (University of Virginia), and several other studies around exponential technologies and its implications in business design for a positive impact in society.

Ana Fernandez, Ph.D
Life Sciences Coordinator
Ana Fernandez, Ph.D
Life Sciences Coordinator

Coordinator, Life Sciences, District 3 

Ana’s multi-facetted role touches all aspects of District 3’s ever evolving Life Sciences stream and BioHub where she helps foster the powerful intersection between scientific research and entrepreneurship. By ideating and supporting the implementation of different initiatives and programs, her work paves the lab-to-market path to create high-impact Life Sciences and biotech companies. Ana animates a dynamic ecosystem involving researchers, entrepreneurs, public agencies, investors, and top industry mentors to proactively create opportunities based on the unique needs scientific entrepreneurs. 

Prior to District 3, Ana completed a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at McGill University and an MSc in Behavioural Sciences at the Max Planck Research School in Tübingen, Germany.  Her work on decision making, impairments in brain function and cognitive rehabilitation has secured her over $100k in awards. Ana is passionate about innovation and bridging the gap between science and business.

 

Xavier-Henri Hervé
Executive Director, District 3 
Xavier-Henri Hervé
Executive Director, District 3 

Executive Director, District 3 

Xavier-Henri Hervé has a 25 years track record for transforming strategic plans for innovations into business on an international scale. An engineer, Hervé leverages 20 years of experience in several technologies and engineering intensive domains such as aviation, information systems, simulation, and green tech, at Mechtronix, Oracle Corporation, CAE Electronics and Bombardier. Hervé enjoys a worldwide network built in over fifty countries. In 2011, Hervé was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Concordia University’s Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, as well as a bachelor of engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University. 

Sydney Swaine-Simon
AI Fellow, District 3
Sydney Swaine-Simon
AI Fellow, District 3

AI Fellow & Co-Founder, District 3

Sydney is a Montreal native with a strong desire to grow the Montreal innovation ecosystem. Having completed his studies in Psychology, Business, and Computer Science he developed a strong passion for emerging technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

In 2012, Sydney became one of the co-founders of District 3 and has played an active role ever since. His responsibilities include managing a program to help Montreal teams participating in the AI XPRIZE, an international competition that asks teams to solve grand challenges using Artificial Intelligence. Having got a taste for innovation and technology, Sydney also co-founded NeuroTechX, a non-profit organization that has built the largest network of international neurotechnology enthusiasts. In his spare time, Sydney is a core organizer of the DEF CON Biohacking Village, as well as is a mentor for the Mozilla Open Leadership Program.

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