Important Dates



Stage 1 Application Opens 

January 8, 2018 

Stage 1 Application Submission Deadline 

February 8, 2018 

Stage 2 Email Confirmations Sent  

February 16, 2018 

Stage 2 Application Opens 

February 19, 2018 

Stage 2 Application Submission Deadline 

March 16, 2018 

Stage 2 Finalist Confirmations Sent

April 6, 2018 

Stage 3 Start Virtual Pitch Presentations for Selected Finalists 

April 23, 2018 

Finalists 6-week Mentoring Program 

Begins May 14, 2018 

Finalists Submit final pitch PDF 

July 10, 2018 

Live Food Disruption ChallengeTM Pitching Event at IFT18 in Chicago 

July 17, 2018 

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