IFT is proud to announce it’s 2018 Food Disruption challenge Mentors! IFTNEXT Food Disruption ChallengeTM mentors were carefully selected and paired with challenge finalists to ensure a positive preparation experience. Each mentor will share their professional knowledge, information, and network connections to support their mentee and help them to advance their work, cause, or skills


Bernhard van Lengerich Bernhard van Lengerich
Retired Chief Science Officer and VP Technology Strategy at General Mills Inc. Founder of Seeding the Future Foundation

Dana McCauley Dana McCauley
Innovator | Start-up Mobilizer | Food Industry Insider

Evan Hyman Evan Hyman
Director, Emerging Business at Ingredion Incorporated

Jason Felger Jason Felger
Corporate Development at Jump Capital

Jenna Derhammer Jenna Derhammer
R&D Manager, Innovation at Blommer Chocolate Co.

Kantha Shelke Kantha Shelke
Food Science Expert | Educator | Entrepreneur | Editor

Trevor Smith Trevor Smith
Innovation & Commercialization | Founder, Secret Squirrel Cold Brew


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

Ingredion Incorporated