Gama Mlindang | Melissa Stephanie Kartjito | Indonesia

On August 6, 2020, the fifth edition of the Elevator Pitch Contest (EPC) hosted by Sight and Life, a competition amongst innovators, was hosted online. The EPC’s goal is to identify and support projects that can be implemented and produce a meaningful impact in the short term. To stimulate innovation, the EPC looks to identify and support projects that can provide climate-smart solutions for better nutrition. Seven finalists made it to the final round ahead of over 200 applicants from 46 countries. These entrepreneurs pitched their innovative solutions changing the way nutrition is delivered and competed for a grand prize of US$5,000 and an Audience Award worth US$1,000. Mlindang Spray Coating created by Gama Mlindang, an EPC finalists, is a spray-based edible coating that seals uneaten or unused food parts so people can meet nutritional needs while reducing waste. The sustainable spray is made through a simple and easy processes and uses inexpensive and easily found materials or waste products such as shrimp skin or melinjo seed. The Gama Mlindang team consists of three agile-minded, change-focused students from the Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia: Melissa, Eka, and Nadia.

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