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 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. 

Daymond John to Emcee Competition Featured Session

We are pleased to announce that Daymond John, of ABC’s Shark Tank will be joining us as emcee of the IFT18 featured competition session on July 17, 2018. Daymond will also share his entrepreneurial insights through an interactive on-stage interview.

Daymond John

About Daymond John
From his wildly successful role on ABC’s smash hit, Shark Tank, to his distinguished status as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, Daymond John has become globally recognized for his relentless commitment to promoting and supporting entrepreneurs. Daymond initially made his mark as the entrepreneur and branding expert behind the groundbreaking lifestyle brand, FUBU, which eclipsed more than $6 billion in global retail sales. From the streets of Hollis, Queens, Daymond started a global movement from the basement of his mother’s house by capitalizing on the then fledgling hip-hop culture. Today, the streetwear market that FUBU pioneered is a $20 billion dollar industry.


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.

Ingredion Incorporated