Resilient food systems

Hunter Hub Solutions Lab | Resilient Food Systems

A 5-week challenge that invites students from all disciplines to work together and inspire real change.


Develop entrepreneurial thinking skills while broaching a real-world challenge


Advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


Connect with the innovation economy through co-curricular experiential learning

About the Hunter Hub Solutions Lab

In celebration of UCalgary Entrepreneurial Thinking Week and Sustainability Week (both happening October 25 – 29, 2021), the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking in partnership with the Office of Sustainability will present Hunter Hub Solutions Lab: Resilient Food Systems Challenge.

This challenge, funded in part by Experience Ventures, invites UCalgary students to participate in developing innovative, sustainability-focused solutions to a challenge being faced by communities across Alberta and beyond. Students will leverage entrepreneurial thinking as they work with community members to develop potential solutions to address a question that will be revealed on the first day of the challenge. 

This 5-week challenge (September 28, 2021 to October 26, 2021) will see students participate in workshops and feedback sessions from internal and external community members that will guide students as they develop a comprehensive pitch for the solution they are proposing. The challenge will conclude with students presenting their solutions in a 5-minute pitch style format before a panel of judges. 

Students are to spend a maximum of 40 hours working on their solution and pitch in teams of 3 to 5 people, with pitches no longer than 5 minutes. Participating students will be granted $525 through Experience Ventures in recognition of their participation in the challenge. The winning team will secure $1000, while the first runner-up will secure $500 and the second runner up will secure $250.

Students: participating in the challenge?

Resources: Coming soon.

Have questions? Fill out a form here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Entrepreneurial thinking is being creative in finding innovative solutions. It’s about taking initiative and exchanging knowledge across disciplines. It is essential to enriching lives and advancing society.

Experience Ventures, powered by the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking at the University of Calgary, enables college and university students to make an impact alongside real-world innovators through entrepreneurial thinking placements.

Become a change-maker

Experience Ventures creates paid entrepreneurial thinking placements for college and university students with innovative companies in Canada. Our goal is to inspire your creativity, resiliency and future vision – so you can seize your future with the right skill set.

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Innovative individuals and teams who are eager to explore entrepreneurial thinking, build future ready skills they can bring into their respective careers, and expand on existing ideas are encouraged to apply for the program.

Due to grant funding requirements, to qualify for the $525 payment you must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be part-time or full-time UCalgary students or post-doctoral fellows.

  • Applicants and team members must be legally eligible to work in Canada. 

  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

If you do not meet all of the requirements outlined above, we would very much still welcome your participation and trust that despite there being no payment available, you would benefit from the entrepreneurial thinking skills that this challenge is designed to foster.

All components of this challenge will be presented virtually. Students are free to meet with their teams in person, while adhering to COVID-19 guidelines and safety measures should they wish to do so.

Yes. When you complete the application form, you will be asked if you have teammates you'd like to be paired with. Each person on your team must register individually.

Each team will consist of 3-5 people.

Yes, individuals are encouraged to registered for the challenge. We will group individuals together to form a team. This is a great way to meet new people and to learn how to work in interdisciplinary groups (a very important skill for future careers).

At this time this challenge is only open to students who are enrolled full- or part-time at UCalgary.

The challenge will kick off with a keynote speaker who works in this space and students will be provided with additional information and resources to support their work. Each week of the challenge will provide an opportunity to attend a virtual session/workshop to support their progress and work.

You will be provided with contact details to connect with event organizers. If you experience any problems during the challenge, we encourage you to get in touch with us.

Each team will be asked to submit a final project proposal that aligns with the scoring rubric. The submission will include a five minute video and 1 page project brief guidelines for which will be provided at the same time as a copy of the scoring rubric.

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges who will score student submissions against the evaluation criteria.

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