Instant Freek

by Nabd El Hayat Foundation

   Cairo, Egypt

Project By

Nabd El Hayat Foundation


View Details

For food processing experts! Contribute to the development of an "Instant Freek" Soup to help people with anemia get a quick and easy nutritious meal. Think of Instant Freek Soup as instant noodles but using freek instead of wheat flour.

Are you up for the challenge?

The Problem:

Nabd El Hayat is a non-profit foundation that aims to provide solutions through technology in the health, sustainability and empowerment fields. They were responsible for the biggest blood donation campaign in the history of Egypt in February 2016. Now their current goal is to help anemia patients to get the nutrition they need from wheat by offering them a ready-made delicious meal, more precisely, a Freek Soup.

Challenge Background:

Anemia has spread lately in Egypt, especially among children, as almost 50% of them suffer from it.1 One of the main and popular causes of anemia is iron deficiency. This cause can be easily countered through eating iron-rich meals or products such as wheat. Currently in Egypt, the most available product containing wheat is bread, where as a result of such large production of bread, Egypt is known to be one of the biggest importers of wheat.

Chart source: The Market Agriculture Magazine, 2015

However, bread alone is not enough to help anemic patients get the nutrients they need, which is where the idea for this challenge came from. The idea here is to find a way to turn Freek Soup into an instant-made product. Think of instant-made noodles but with freek instead of wheat flour.

The Challenge:

The basic idea is to research and test a healthy formula and/or a food processing method to develop Instant Freek for instant-made Freek Soup. Keeping in mind the following:

  1. It should be ready to eat using only hot water, so even a 6-year-old child can make it.
  2. It should be affordable for everyone.

Reward & Conditions:

The reward consists of potential pre-incubation and piloting fund from Misr ElKheir GESR Incubator, subject to GESR approval of the proposed solution, and according to the following conditions:

  1. The solution should be provided as an applied solution with proof (i.e sample, images, video, etc.).
  2. The solution should include a clear plan of action indicating the estimated duration of each step and details on the implementation using the reward for creating a sample of the product (i.e. the instant Freek). The plan should also contain the cost per 1 kg of freek in case of mass production (e.g. 25 kg).
  3. In case of piloting fund, it will be given in installments, in accordance to milestones set by the solver according to his/her plan of action.
  4. As per our website policy, in case the intellectuall property are not registered, the innovator may only submit a general overview of the solution without any technical details. 

1 Source "Peditiatric Medicne" conference held in May, 2016

Project By

Nabd El Hayat Foundation


View Details

Are you Facing another Challenge?

If your organization is facing a pressing challenge, please submit it by clicking here and follow the instructions.


Share your ideas and get help

Related Challenges

Local Nutritious Snacks

by Association of Upper Egypt

Sohag Egypt


6000 EGP

Ramadan Fusional Cake

by Leading Patisserie

Giza Egypt


3000 EGP

Thermal Delivery Box

by Mumm

Cairo Egypt


5000 EGP


Innovators? Entrepreneurs? Product Designers?

Yomken works with people who have brilliant ideas for innovative products and who are looking for financial, collaboration or marketing support to complete these ideas. Our platform helps you to get the needed PR and marketing for free! You may also get inspired by the challenges posted by others to solve them and get awarded in return!

NGO, Company or Governmental Agency?

Yomken enables you to find for innovative solutions outside the boundaries of your organization. Open-innovation enables you to use the power of social networking and the wisdom of the crowd. If you are a CSR department or a donor agency, you may also sponsor the solution of social challenges!

Looking for innovative ideas?

Yomken provides you a range of innovative products and ideas by some of the most innovative entrepreneurs in the world. You can support your favorite entrepreneurs by sharing or possibly collaborating with them to improve or complete their products!

Our Latest News

Never miss anything. Subscribe to our Newsletter