Important Dates

Thank you for your interest in the IFTNEXT Food Disruption ChallengeTM! Please see the competition timeline below. For questions related to the competition, please email



Phase 1 Application Opens

November 27, 2018

IFT Holiday Office Closure

December 21, 2018 - January 1, 2019

Phase 1 Application Deadline

January 10, 2019

Phase 1 Results Announced

February 4, 2019

Phase 2 Application Opens

February 4, 2019

Phase 2 Application Deadline

February 28, 2019

Phase 2 Results Announced

March 29, 2019

Phase 3

April 8-10, 2019

Finalists Announced

April 15, 2019

Pitch Coaching and Prep


Featured Session at IFT19 in New Orleans, LA, USA

June 4, 2019

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