About the Challenge Find out in June who will become the 2019 IFTNEXT Future Food Disruptor of the Year TM

How can we feed our future planet safely, nutritiously, and sustainably? Through innovation, creativity, and ingenuity. This is why the institute of Food Technologists (IFT) created the IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge™ Competition. 

As part of IFT’s mission to encourage entrepreneurism and innovation, the IFTNEXT Food Disruption ChallengeTM is a competition designed to help emerging and investment-ready food companies advance the science of food and recognize the innovations having a positive impact on our global food supply. Finalists will be chosen to share their innovations in a high-profile pitch competition at IFT19 in New Orleans, June 2-5, 2019 where they will compete to win the $25,000 competition grand prize. The audience will also select a finalist to receive the people’s choice award of $5,000.

Learn more about competition eligibility, requirements, and special application incentives by visiting the Participants webpage.

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About the Judges

A group of 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 YearTM award. In addition to cash prizes, other services and products helpful for entrepreneurial advancement will also be included.

If you would like to learn more and view the list of judges from the 2018 competition, click here.


Connect with Other Food Disruptors

Join the IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge'sTM 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