About the Challenge Be the first IFTNEXT Future Food Disruptor of the Year

The IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge competition is designed to help emerging and investment-ready science of food and technology related companies gain visibility and make strategic connections to help advance the science of food and its positive impact on the sustainability of our global food supply. 

Are you a food entrepreneur or start-up company looking for:  

  • An exciting opportunity to pitch your idea, product, or innovation to get high profile exposure 
  • Capital and resources to help fund and advance your innovation  
  • An opportunity to be mentored by industry’s leaders who can help you navigate the start-up landscape 

About the Competition

This exciting opportunity will identify 6 finalists and culminate with a high profile pitching, featured session at IFT18. 

IFT18 is an annual event hosted by IFT that brings the best of the science of food community together—including scientists, researchers, academics, ingredient, technology, and manufacturing companies—to share, network, and learn about the most recent advances in the science of food and food technology. 

Prestigious judges representing influential sectors of the food and related industries, will select a finalist to be the recipient of the IFTNEXT Future Food Disruptor of the Year award including a $25,000 cash prize. Food Disruption Challenge session attendees will also be asked to select an IFTNEXT Future Food Disruptor People’s Choice awardee for a cash prize of $5,000. In addition to the cash prizes, other services and products helpful for entrepreneurial advancement will also be included. 

Be the first IFTNEXT Future Food Disruptor of the Year 

Applications are now open. All applications must be submitted no later than 11:59pm (PST) on February 8, 2018.

Visit the IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge's Facebook group to stay up to date with information and recent developments with the competition. 


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Connect with Other Food Disruptors

Join the IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge's Facebook group to stay-up-to-date with competition information, meet and share insights other entrepreneurs, and be informed about competition developments.


Be sure to reference our helpful FAQ webpage. Should you have any further questions about the competition, please direct them to fooddisruption@ift.org

IFTNEXT is generously supported by Ingredion Incorporated, IFT’s IFTNEXT Platinum Innovation Sponsor.

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