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Green Valley

Plant Futures Challenge Lab

The Plant Futures Challenge Lab is a unique university course that equips students with applied learning experiences in the plant-based food and agriculture sectors.

The program welcomes undergraduate to PhD students from diverse disciplines who work collaboratively with selected partners from various for-profit and nonprofit companies. Students are paired with organizations based on their skills, passions, and experiences and work to address the real-time needs of these organizations while gaining invaluable real-world experience.


Meet Our Partners

Our professional partners come from a variety of fields including consumer-packaged goods, venture capital, regenerative & agriculture; cell-cultured; non-profits; trade organizations and more. Past and current partners include:

Mentor Testimonials

Our participation in this course was extremely rewarding.
The students were bright, insightful, and dedicated, and made contributions of real value to our team.  Can we do this again?  Sign us up!

David L. Katz

CEO, Diet ID, Challenge Lab Mentor 

Meet Our Students

Plant Futures Challenge Lab students have represented over 45+ disciplines, including: 

  • Business

  • Engineering

  • Policy

  • Public Health

  • Social Science

  • Data Science

  • Biology

  • Media Studies

  • Environmental Studies

  • Nutrition

  • Education

  • Bioengineering 

  • Social Welfare

  • And More!

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Through a careful application process, working closely with recommendation from faculty advisors and student ambassadors, Plant Futures invites the most talented and motivated cohort of students with a variety of skill sets, experiences, expertise, and the passion to work with our partners. Both students and Challenge Lab mentors consistently reported the interdisciplinary design of the course to be one of the most valuable components of their Challenge Lab experience.

Student Testimonials

This was an awesome exercise in product development, innovation and communication. It will definitely be a foundational experience for me to keep practicing designing innovative food products that promote planetary health.

Aga Gugala

 MBA Candidate, Challenge Lab Student

Challenge Lab Impact at a Glance

Challenge Lab Case Studies


Califia Farms


New Crop Capital


Blue Horizon

Get Involved

Take the first step towards creating a diverse, multi-disciplinary talent pipeline for the global plant-rich food and agriculture sectors.

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