Food grade materials, or formulations thereof, are required that replicate the physical properties of gelatin. Ingredients or starting materials of animal origin are not in scope for this challenge. Of special interest is gelatin replacements that may be used to form jelly or marshmallow-like foods.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
There are many substances that may be used as alternatives to gelatin and some of these are of non-animal derivation. However, none of the alternatives known to the Seeker has a directly comparable long bite, aeration, volume increase and density of the mass required to make jellies and marshmallows.
This challenge requests proposals describing food grade materials or formulations that can be used to replace gelatin and that are not derived from animal sources. A broad range of expertise are valued, from home cooks through to formulation scientists, polymer chemists and material scientists.
This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:
After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s).All Solvers that submitted a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.
What is an InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge?
An InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.
In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:
Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.